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Hoof and hook cattle competition

The Dungog-Gresford Hoof & Hook group will be holding the annual hoof and hook competition on Sunday at the Dungog saleyards.
Nanjing Night Net

The starting time is 9am and the judge this year is Matt McKiernan, who works on his family property near Blayney running 2000 breeders targeting the feeder market.

He was also the district beef cattle officer based at Glen Innes for six years.

Matt is looking forward to visiting the area and passing on his knowledge of the beef industry particularly in the area of meat requirements for domestic markets.

Nerelle Hand from the organising committee said this year’s entry numbers are expected to be similar to last years with around 110 head of cattle from 22 beef producers in the area.

“Due to a terrific season the quality of cattle entering the competition remains extremely high with Matt facing some difficult decisions judging the classes,” Mrs Hand said.

“A new class for heifers over 450kg was added to the programme last year due to the heavier weight of euro cross females these days and will be included again this year making a total of eleven classes.

“Class 5 for Asian domestic market cattle creates a lot of interest with the increasing market demand towards lean meat for Asian style cooking.”

The cattle will be killed at Primo Abattoirs Scone on Monday and face MSA carcass judging by Mark South next day.

All championship awards for hoof and hook will be announced at the presentation dinner on the following Friday night at Dungog RSL club.

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