The trial was conducted at Teys Australia’s Jindalee Feedlot in southern NSW, drawing 76 teams from NSW, Victoria and Queensland.
A team of five Hereford steers entered by Vern and Margaret Younger, “Bannockburn’’, Inverell, NSW, placed eighth in the feedlot component with a total score of 310 points.
The steers were the only purebred team in the top 10.
Fed over 112 days, the milk tooth steers weighed between 422 and 466kg at entry, with the trial aimed at educating producers on breeding and management to achieve greater profitability.
The steers were processed at Teys Australia’s Wagga plant on January 8.
The Younger’s team averaged 407kg carcase weight, a 56.9 dressing percentage, 24mm of P8 fat, an eye muscle area of 86 sqcm, 14.8 mm of rib fat and 67.8 per cent saleable meat yield.
Based on Line One genetics for 15 years, the commercial herd normally finishes steers off grass to Wingham Beef Exports at 350-380kg carcase weight.
The steers entered the trial at 16-17 months and were processed at 20 months of age after 112 days on feed, with the top steer achieving an average daily weight gain of 3.01kg.
Overall, the Younger’s team averaged 2.6kg/day.
“We have stuck with Herefords since 1967 as they have out performed other breeds,’’ Mr Younger said.
“We entered the trial for the first time to compare our cattle with others.
“Two of the steers were penalised 60 points for going over 420kg carcass weight, otherwise the team would have placed higher.’’
The team scored 326 points for the carcass component to place 41st to give an overall placing of 23rd from 76 entries.
“I was confident the cattle would do well as we have supplied to feedlots in the past,’’ Mr Younger said.
“It was a good learning exercise and we will use the feedback to fine tune our operation.
“We have always bred carcase cattle with low birthweight and a high final day weight.’’
The couple use artificial insemination across all 400 commercial females, with the steers sired by imported US sires, HH Advance 0002X, HH Advance 5061R and CL1 Domino 042X.
A total of 10 Hereford and Black Baldy teams competed in the 2016 NSW Beef Spectacular Feedback Trial.
The overall winners were Rob and Kelly Lamoureux, Armidale, with Black Simmental/Angus cross steers.