Ken and Kerry McKenzie, Yaralla Droughtmasters dominated the championship awards at the prestigious Beef Australia 2012 Commercial Beef Cattle Championships.
From 1650 head the Yaralla pen of 10 milk tooth grainfed steers averaging 631kg that took out the blue ribbon in the 560-650kg liveweight milk tooth steer class. They then claimed the Champion Grainfed Pen and the ultimate prize the Grand Champion title for 2012.
Ken and Kerry McKenzie were also successful in the another section of the competition – the Champion pen of Grassfed steers on the way to collecting the Most Successful Exhibitor Award.
The champion pen of grainfeds were topped off with 130 days in at the ‘Duaringa Station’ feedlot.
Ken and Kerry run 1600 Droughtmaster breeders on ‘Pearl Creek’, a 9720ha Duaringa district holding supporting a mix of native blue grasses together with buffel, uracloa and stylo legumes on blue gum, box flats and ironbark country. “We wean our steers at nine months averaging 280kg and background them on brigalow country buffel grass pasture at our Blackwater district home block, Yaralla, before they are on-sold direct from the paddock at 400kg liveweight,” Mr McKenzie said. “All our steers are HGP-treated as we have not targeted the EU market at this stage.
“The only steers we hold for finishing are those that we enter in the prime cattle competitions and we find this is an excellent promotion for our annual turnoff of Droughtmaster sale bulls.”