Maranoa farm families showcase their finest beef in town
MARANOA residents ought to rush down to the pub and taste award-winning beef from our local farming families, as it won’t be around for long!
Usually, Queensland’s largest annual event, the Ekka would showcase the finest beef producers in the state.
However, this year JBS, Australia’s largest meat processing company has decided to bring the award-winning beef to regional towns packed under Royal 100 & Queenslander brands.
The beef is from the JBS RNA Paddock to Palate competition, where the cattle were fed for 100 or 70 days at Beef City feedlot, west of Toowoomba.
The cattle were then judged on a number of criteria, including weight gain and carcass performance.
For a limited time, locals can try out beef from our farming families – Bassingthwaites, Blonfields, Morgans and the Brown family at the Royal at Ninety-Nine in Roma and the Federal Hotel in Wallumbilla.
Publican Justin Garvie said it was a great opportunity to showcase the local’s beef in Roma – the beef capital
“There’s a lot of local farming families who enter this competition and it’s great to be able to bring their beef back to this region,” he said.
“It’s a limited supply and we only get this once a year.
“Locals supporting locals, it’s great to get the local produce from paddock to palate and we’re privileged to provide this quality into our establishment and showcase Queensland beef.”
More than 40 producers, mostly from Queensland entered the Paddock to Plate competition.
Wallumbilla’s Bassingthwaite family won the 70 day competition and the Brown’s won the 100 day.
“It was very good to get a win as it’s always one of the hardest competitions to win Paddock to Plate, some of the best breeders go into it so it’s always great to score a win at this stage,” Andrew Bassingthwaite said.
Results from today’s Price Cattle judging for the Bassingthwaites:
- Class 24 - Pen of 3 451kg to 520kg - 1st, 2nd, 3rd
- Reserve champion pen of 3
- Champion pen of 3
- Woolworths champion local trade weight
- 1st - Class 26 pen of 6 521kg to 600kg
- 2nd - Class 27 pen of 6 601kg to 720kg
- Reserve champion pen of 6
- Sydney Vellnagle Grand Champion Pen