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Australian Belted Galloway Association pleased with Beltie heifers and steers success at recent show

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The Australian Belted Galloway Association are proud to announce that Belted Galloways took out Grand Champion Carcass and Heavyweight Champion Carcass at this year’s Cootamundra APH & I show’s Steer and Heifer carcass competition, held on 16th and 17th October.

Peter Koppman of Bumbaldry, NSW bred the Belted Galloway heifer that won Grand Champion Carcass. Mr Koppman has had great success regularly over the years in carcass competitions with Belted Galloways, his last broad ribbon win at Cootamundra being in 2007 where he won Champion Lightweight Carcass.

NSW DPI Beef Cattle Livestock Officer, Jeff House, was the carcass judge. Mr House has also been a carcass judge at Sydney Royal for a number of years and is aware of the success that Belted Galloways enjoy in carcass comps generally.

"She was a good trade‐weight carcass, and as a heifer, outperformed the eighteen steers entered. She was spot‐on with fat depth and distribution, and had a good ribeye area and yield,” said Mr House.

The ABCAM (version 4.2) judging method was employed. Ribeye was measured on the 10/11th rib – the quartering site. The C+ muscled heifer’s rankings were:

  • Grand Champion carcass: 85 points
  • st out of total exhibits in competition
  • 1st in Class: Heifers 300‐430 kgs
The heifer also placed 2nd in its class on the hoof, beaten by a Hereford x Angus heifer that achieved 74.5 points on the hook.

Another Belted Galloway, this time a steer, was also bred and entered by Michael Croft who operates Mountain Creek Farm west of Canberra ACT and direct‐markets Belted Galloway beef.

At 440 kgs, the B‐ muscled steer was the second heaviest animal in the competition. Carcass rankings were:

  • Champion Heavyweight carcass: 81.5 points
  • 3rd out of total exhibits in competition
  • 1st for muscling out of total exhibits in competition
  • 1st in Class: Heavyweight Steers 380‐430 kgs
On the hoof, this steer placed second to a Poll Hereford, which then ran second to the Croft steer in the hook class.

Breeds to participate in the Cootamundra competition, included Angus, Black Limousin, Hereford, Poll Hereford and Square Meaters. Crosses included Angus/Hereford, Charolais/Hereford, Limousin/Murray Grey, Shorthorn/Angus and Santa/Angus.

The Cootamundra wins follow the significant carcass performance of another Belted Galloway heifer at the 2009 Melbourne Royal where the Galloway family of breeds was featured.

Bred by Di and Cameron Woolfe of Bakery Hill, Victoria, the heifer achieved a highly respectable carcass score of 85.743 points and ranked:

  • 8th out of 50 exhibits in Class 2: Medium Domestic 181‐240 kg
  • 2nd for MSA Marbling in Class 2: Medium Domestic 181‐240 kg
  • 2nd out of 8 female exhibits in Class 2: Medium Domestic 181‐240 kg
  • (1st Limousin 88.163pts)
While still considered a rare breed, Belted Galloways are attaining a reputation for reliably good commercial beef qualities through their carcass competition victories.

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