A Mudgee Angus stud has taken home a prestigious win at the 2018 Royal Queensland Show.
Known as Ekka, the annual event attracts thousands of competitors and visitors each year.
Mudgee’s Coffin Creek Angus stud is owned and operated by the White family.
The stud came first in Ekka’s MSA Eating Quality competition, putting them in eighth place overall.
“Which in a multi-breed competition was the highest place Angus team. So we were stoked with that,” stud co-manager Jack White said.
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“We’ve had good success over the years and this year another great result.
“It was just a great reflection of what we’ve been trying to do.”
The stud has been breeding Angus cattle for 27 years and on August 23, it will be their 7th on-property sale.
They have 350 registered Angus females and 40 Angus bulls, which the stud is growing each year.
The selection criteria for the cattle is usually based on visual, Jack said.
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“Which is different to a lot of people. So it’s an interesting correlation that the visual appraisals are converting to success when they’re hanging up,” he said.
“And genetics play a big part.”
The White’s have been competing at Ekka for a number of years and in 2015 they came second overall and had the champion carcase and champion pen of steers.
“We killed it in 2015 and then this year we’ve taken out the eating quality which is fantastic, we’ve never taken that out before,” Jack said.
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The timing of the win is great for the stud’s on-property sale on August, 23
The bulls on offer are the brothers to the winning Ekka steers.
“So for people looking to improve their carcase genetics there’s a great opportunity there, as the bulls are from the same progeny. That’s nice validation for us,” Jack said.