Being a member of the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) Beef Committee is a fulfilling journey to giving back to others and learning a great deal along the way. This show, I had pleasure in coordinating the Beef Carcase competition at Melbourne Show for the sixth year, under the guidance of Beef Committee Chair Noelene King.
The commercial relevance of this competition and ability for producers to get direct feedback and learn about their product interests me greatly. The educational aspect of carcase competitions really does pay dividends.
Having worked with a number of local show carcase competitions over the last six years, it is clear that those producers and societies that focus on understanding their feedback do improve their ability to produce cattle that better meet the market specification, have higher eating quality and generally score better in competitions.
RASV Carcase Comp 2014 Snapshot
161 exhibits from 42 exhibitors, thank you Ben Davies for judging the led steers and heifers.
200 students, from 17 schools, thanks to paraders judge Erin Waters.
Running a competition of this size takes a large team behind the scenes, special thanks to all those that helped with weighing, marshaling, stewarding, loading, transporting, processing, grading, compiling results, media releases and presentations.
If you are interested in learning more about how you could get involved in the RASV carcase competition next year, please feel free to contact me.