Put your Charolais to the test

Whether it is one entry or a truckload, the Charolais Society want you to nominate your cattle for the 2024 Charolais Feedlot and Carcase Competition. PHOTO: CHAROLAIS SOCIETY

The Queensland Region Charolais Breeders is hosting the fourth annual Charolais Feedlot and Carcase Trial, and has invited all Charolais breeders to get their entries in.

Charolais Society of Australia Queensland Region president Ross Sticklen said the competition has grown in popularity very quickly.

“In our first year we had 54 entries then 135 and last year 320, the growth has been phenomenal considering it only kicked off in 2021, we hope to exceed 400 entries this year,” Mr Sticklen said.

“It doesn’t matter if you only want to enter one animal or a deck, we can take any number of cattle you might like to enter as long as they are a minimum 50 per cent Charolais and exhibiting Charolais characteristics.”

Mr Sticklen said entrants gained valuable insight into their herd’s performance against some of the country’s best stud breeders.

“All entrants get a book with a photo of every animal as they enter and all their carcass data as well, for not only their animal but every animal in their class as well,” he said.

“It’s good to know where your cattle sit in the scheme of things and to compare your cattle against some of the best in the country.

“Breeders might look at using a different size, they’ll have a look at the data and they might have lacked a bit of fat coverage on their cattle in the last competition, so they might look for a size that can put a bit more fat in their progeny for the next competition.”

Mr Sticklen said the competition had a $10,000-plus prize pool split up against the classes.

“We have single entry steers and heifers, pens of three heifers and three steers as well through all three weight ranges,” he said.

“There’s a fair bit of prize money directed at that and the daily weight gain as well.”

Mr Sticklen said he loves working with the data and watching how the cattle progress from induction to slaughter.

“It’s not always the big stud breeders that win this competition, it could be anyone that could win it, and I think that’s an exciting thing,” he said.

“The little local breeder can have a go and compete against some of the biggest studs in the country.”

The minimum entry liveweight is 300kg and 0 to 4 teeth at processing and no HGP.

Entries are now open and close on April 17, with cattle to arrive at Freeston Feedlot in Warwick on April 24.

Coordinated delivery is available from Moreton and Beaudesert Saleyards through Bartholomew & Co, the agent handling the books.

For more information or an entry form please call Brendan Scheiwe 0438 513 633 or Ross Sticklen on 0438 625 505.