TEXAS TRIUMPHS 2016 ROYAL SYDNEY BEEF CHALLENGE
With the current cattle market booming, entries and interest in this year’s Royal Sydney Beef Challenge was at an all-time record. Last Friday night, the RAS Beef Challenge awards were announced at Tamworth NSW and Texas Angus came home with a swag of ribbons.
Following the success of last year when Texas Angus won Reserve Champion Export Pen, profitability, carcase, feedlot trial and the daily weight gain sections, the Mayne family decided to enter pens of Angus heifers and steers to try and back up last year’s success. Ben and Wendy Mayne were overwhelmed at the achievement of this year’s results.
One pen of Texas Angus heifers took out Grand Champion 70 Day Domestic Class followed by another pen of their Angus heifers taking the Reserve Champion 70 Day Domestic Pen. These heifers also placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd for individual daily weight gain (DWG) and of the 500 heifers and steers; all breed and crosses, the winning heifer pen were 0.5kg heavier than any other entry. Also 2 pens of Texas steers placed 1st and 3rd in this 100 day export class for DWG.
Grand Champion 70 Day Domestic Pen
Mr Mike McCue of Wilga Feedlot Bellata NSW said “For heifers to have such a significant weight gain without a growth promotant and beating steers was an incredible result.”
The best weight gain of the competition was a Texas Angus heifer that recorded 2.97kgs/day. The stud also had success in the export section taking out the Grand Champion 100 Day Export Individual. The Mayne’s were tickled pink to be told it was the first time for the competition that a competitor took out 3 broad ribbons.
What was so pleasing for the Mayne family, already known for its high performance Angus in weight gain, was winning the carcase grid, profitability and feedlot trial. Having the highest marbling steer in the competition in 2 consecutive years and being awarded Silver and Bronze Medals in the taste test was reinforcing their breeding program is tailor made for the right market specifications.
“Our breeding program is based on a balanced approach - our principles are simple, we always maintain weight for age with added carcase qualities” Ben stated. “This competition is commercially focused and to win a ribbon is tough going, so we were over the moon with our results especially since it’s only our second year in entering!”
“We entered RAS Beef Challenge to prove our cattle can perform in a commercially based competition against all breeds and crosses” Ben said. “These results are a great endorsement of our program and a valuable way to compare our cattle against other leading commercial and seedstock operations of Northern NSW and South Queensland.”
Judy, Ben & Wendy Mayne, Mike McCue Wilga Feedlot, Bill & Rosie Mayne and Ben Hiscox BJA
Texas Angus results were
*Grand Champion for 70 Day Domestic Pen
*Reserve Champion for 70 Day Domestic Pen
*Grand Champion for 100 Day Export Individual
*Silver Medal for Taste Test
*3 Bronze Medals for Taste Test
*1st & 3rd for feedlot Total for Domestic Pen
*1st Carcase Grid for Domestic Pen
*1st & 2nd for Profitability Domestic Pen
*1st, 2nd & 3rd DWG Domestic Individual
*2nd & 3rd Feedlot Total for Domestic Individual
*3rd Live Assessment for Domestic Pen
*1st Feedlot Trial Export Pen
*1st & 3rd DWG Export Individual
Like last year, we had the highest marble score of the competition.
See Angus Australia's report Click Here
History was made for Texas
It was the year of celebrations for Texas Angus and the Mayne family. After 80 years of breeding from the original 22 Scottish females that were imported back in 1936, history was made for the stud when the largest draft of 121 bulls were all sold to a top of $44,000 and achieved the highest average of $9,802.
Buyers came from all states of Australia to compete for 121 soft easy fleshing Angus Bulls that averaged 820kgs. There was a strong stud presence in the stands with the highest price bull Lot 15 Texas Kelvin Klein K542(AI)(ET) being knocked down to Bruce Graham of Indian Creek Angus, Tumut NSW For $44,000. Purchased sight unseen on the recommendations of John Settree, Landmark Wagga. Neville Duddy and Owen Pedlow both of Gen Innes NSW teamed up together to battle it out against Bruce Graham but eventually were losing bidders. K542 was a stand out in his contemporaries weighing a hefty 1,028kgs combined with impressive EBVs including being in the top 1% for 400, 600 and CWT and ranks 10th in the breed for CWT. K542's dam Texas Toque D35 who had the second highest price bull last year, Texas All Black J600 ($30,000), had 3 sons in this years sale that averaged $25,000. K542's now deceased sire Bangadang Western Express E10 only has a few sons left to be sold in Australia and they were very popular this year averaging $19,800.
Neville Duddy and Owen Pedlow (Highland Court Angus) teamed up again to secure the full brother of K542, Lot 20 Texas Western Express K532(AI)(ET) for $20,000. Like his brother he was no slouch weighing in at 987kgs and being in the top 10% for growth, CWT, SS,GL, RBY.
Second top priced was Lot 6 Texas King of Clubs K503(AI)(ET) who was one of 9 Z183 x Total sons who made $25,000 and was secured by a QLD commercial producer CT & JV Varidel, Yuleba. They took home 3 bulls at an average of $19,000. Once again Z183, the matriarch of the herd, stamped her breeding influence with her 9 sons averaging $15,000.
The Golding family of Little Meadows Angus WA purchased a full brother to K503 for $20,000. Tony, Karen and Moston flew across to see the bulls the day before and settled for Lot 5 Texas King of Hearts K535(AI)(ET) a personal favourite of Ben's. A local Angus breeder Clarendon Pastoral, Croppa Creek NSW secured a 940kg full brother for $14,000 Lot 24 Texas Kings of Leon K518(AI)(ET).
Granite Ridge Angus, SA purchased 2 bulls for the third consecutive year. Colin Flanagan has bought 5 bulls over the years and selected a full brother to last years second top price Lot 14 Texas All Black K523(AI)(ET) for $13,000 and Lot 22 Texas Western Express K524(AI)(ET) for $16,000. While Brett and Jenny Graham of Broomfield Angus drove 18 hours from the York Peninsular SA to secure Lot 18 Texas Western Express K506(AI)(ET) for $11,000.
The commercial interest in the bulls was fierce with Queensland being incredibly strong. It was worth noting the huge presence of repeat buyers, including Tigrigie Cattle Company, Taroom Qld snapping up 7 bulls for an average of $9,000. AJM Pastoral, Richmond, QLD was back in the market for 3 top bulls paying up to $18,000 and averaged $15,000. TVF Pastoral Blackall, QLD took home 6 at an average of $8,000.
Volume buyer of the day was Wybong Pastoral, Graman, NSW who has been a local Texas client for 20 years took home 10 bulls at an average of $8,100. While Dave Lonergan, Mungindi, NSW also another loyal Texas client purchased 2 bulls for an average $6,000. Mr Lonergan has been buying Texas bulls for well over 15 years.
We welcomed a new client, Pee Dee Creek Angus, Bellbrook, NSW who purchased 6 bulls topping at $12,000 and averaged $10,500.
Michael & Maz Glasser, GTSM, Ben, Karen Golding and Wendy with Lot 5 Texas King of Hearts K535 sold to Little Meadows Angus WA for $20,000
The Mayne family were completely overwhelmed with the result and was well above expectations and was undoubtedly be Bill's best 80th birthday present! Ben believes our program of added growth, softness, carcase, calving ease and that these bulls will travel is being recognise in the stud and commercial world.
"Our recent success at the Royal Sydney Beef Challenge Feedlot and Carcase Trial only reinforces our program of having excellent weight for age, yield and ability to marble" Ben said. " This was proven last year when Texas had the highest marbling steer of 7, 2 scores higher than any other animal (pure breds and crosses) of 500 entries and only 100 days on feed plus we took out the average daily weight gain classes was an excellent indicator we are hitting market specs" He said.
A big special thank you to our selling team who all worked tirelessly and united. GTSM Team, Michael and Maz, BJA Team, Bob, Ben and Kieren and GDL team Harvey, Pete, Andrew, Mark and Alex and importantly all the girls in the offices!
Weight Sheet is now available
Please click here to view the weight sheet