Win for Gross family feedlot
RISDON Park Feedlot hooked itself the champion pen of three in the Warwick Show Prime Lamb carcass competition on Friday.
Operated by the Gross family, the feedlot snared the win with a trio of carcasses judge Greg Carey said were the best he'd seen to date in his 12 years of involvement in the prestigious competition.
The judging took place at Carey Brothers' Yangan abattoir and was followed by a social barbecue.
Angus Gross said the winning lambs entered were three White Dorper wethers around eight months old, which had been grain-fed at the feedlot for six weeks.
“Two of them yielded just over 55 per cent and the third 53.5 per cent, so that's a very pleasing end result for us,” Mr Gross said.
“The Dorper breed just has a great meat yield and we supply our lamb to butchers in Brisbane and on the north coast.”
The winning wethers' carcass weights came in at 25.6, 23.8 and 23.2 kilograms and scored 92.8 points overall out of 100.
The competition was co-judged by Carey Brothers abattoir supervisor Shaun Maag, who along with Mr Carey faced a tough task.
“They were simply an outstanding pen of Dorper lambs, which suit the retail butcher trade brilliantly,” Mr Carey said.
“In the end we had to cut through forequarters to further compare muscle size and colour.
“Fat depth is important – we aim for a degree of coverage which means the butcher has little to trim off.”
Second place in the pens of three bodies was won by Joe Browne of Freestone Valley Dorpers, who won the hoof section of the competition.