Beef Central | James Nason, June 25, 2019

EVERY single one of the major winners of the 2019 RNA Paddock to Palate weight gain competition announced at Mort & Co’s Grassdale feedlot this morning are enduring severe and long-running droughts, but yet all are still managing to produce cattle that perform ‘off the scale’ at a commercial level.

Investing in high quality, market-relevant genetics is clearly a big part of the equation but plenty of old fashioned commercial know how must explain a fair degree of their success as well.

The fantastic thing about the RNA Paddock to Palate competition, according to experienced cattle producer and Mort & Co client manager Berry Reynolds, is that no matter how big or small a producer might be, it provides a platform for an even playing field for producers of any size to excel.

RNA cattle councillor Gary Noller says the competition stands up as one of the greatest benchmarking tools available, offering a wealth of information and feedback to both stud and commercial producers on the type of cattle that have genuine commercial relevance.

Palgrove has now started the 2019 competition in the strongest possible way, winning the 100 day weight gain section with a pen of purebred milk-tooth Charolais steers, which produced a phenomenal average daily gain of 3.095kg.

Russell Pastoral Company which owns Jimbour Station on the Darling Downs and Champion Station at Blackall was very close behind, with its Angus Cross recording an ADG of 3.003kg to claim second place.

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