Sydney Royal 2019: Central West Limousin steer wins top gong

STEER showing superstars St John's College, Dubbo, and Toll Cattle Company, Wongarbon, have teamed up once again to take the grand champion steer ribbon at Sydney Royal Show.

No stranger to this award, Ben and Leanne Toll of Toll Cattle Company, Mooney Valley, Wongarbon, this year invested in US genetics to produce a 467 kilogram middleweight Limousin steer that measured 13 millimetres and 10mm in the rump and rib fats.

The steer, who also claimed middleweight champion, was sired by RUNL Extra Royal following the Toll's recent trip through Canada and the US in search of quality genetics.

Prepared by St John's College, the nearly 12-month-old steer was fed for 97 days on rocket fuel.

The grand champion steer sold for 1500 cents a kilogram, to return $7005.

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Reserve champion middleweight steer went to a 441kg Limousin steer measuring 12mm and 8mm in the rib and rump fat that exhibited and bred by Paul and Janelle Relf from Warrigal Limousins, Wingham.

The 12-month-old steer was sired by Riviere Vue Look at Me L16 from Warrigal Jetson, and was fed for 100 days on Grury Beef Finisher.

Handler Rachel Relf said the softness of the steer, named after her six-year-old nephew Parker, made him a strong entry in the event.

"We just love his softness," she said. "He was shown a couple of weeks ago at Wingham Show and he was the champion middleweight."

He was sold for 1200c/kg and purchased by NH Foods, to return $5292.

Lightweight

Angus steers rose to the top of the lightweight division of the steer section, taking out first place in all three classes, along with champion and reserve champion lightweight steers.

Champion went to the 351kg Angus steer from the Chase family of Waitara Partnership, Tottenham, that measured 7mm and 6mm in the rump and rib.

By Waitara Traction M136 from a Waitara commercial cow, the steer was weaned at just two-months-old and has been on a wheat-based ration since mid-November.

This is the same ration the family use to prepare cattle for contract to Coles.

Stephen Chase said he was a standout as a calf displaying extra muscle compared to some of the other calves from that drop.

He was also the reserve champion lightweight steer in the Angus steer show held yesterday as part of the Angus feature show.

In the auction the champion lightweight steer made an impressive 2200c/kg and was bought by Carlo Di Federico from Mr D's Traditional Meats at Bossley Park, to return $7722.

Reserve champion lightweight open steer went to a 384 kilogram Angus steer exhibited and bred by Chris Knox and Helen Alexander from DSK Angus and Charolais, Coonabarabran.

Measuring 10 millimetres and 8mm in the rump and rib, the seven-month-old steer was sired by the Canadian sire in Youngdale Xcalibre 32X from DSK KG Martina K42 who's sire, Kansas Upward G198, sired the reserve heavyweight champion steer of 2017.

Fed for the past 70 days, the steer was also shown in the Angus steer show yesterday where he picked up a third place in the lightweight division.

Heavyweight

Earlier being awarded champion school steer, Scots All Saints College at Bathurst continued their winning streak taking home champion heavyweight steer in the open section.

Bred by Phil and Sheridan Kirk of Wilworril Limousins, Peak Hill, the 610kg Limousin steer sired by Wilworril Guardian G49 and from Wilworril Kristy scanned 18mm and 10mm in the rump and rib.

On the school's perfected ration since December the steer, the steer was about 15-months-old.

Reserve champion heavyweight was exhibited and bred by BW. and MM. Brooker, Rouchel, and prepared by Paul and Lyn Richards.

The 16-month-old steer known as Beartie was by Main Camp F Purple F23APZ from a Main Camp Angus cow.

He tipped the scale at 544kg with 11mm and 10mm in his rump and rib fat scans.

Fed for 100 days on a sorghum, barley and hay ration, the reserve champion was a member of the Angus team of three entered in the Stan Hill Trophy.

He was also the heavyweight and reserve grand champion Angus steer in the Angus steer show, judged by Bryce Whale of Glenliam Farm, yesterday.

It made 1000c/kg and returned $5440.