Beef quality remains high despite drought

Updated September 16, 2018 14:51:20

Photo: The over 400kg steer category was dominated by the Gleeson family at Beaufort, Alpha. (ABC News: Kelly Butterworth)

The dry may be gripping Alpha in western Queensland, but on Saturday night local producers swapped their boots for polished shoes and heels at final stage of the Alpha Show Society carcase competition.

The competition’s culminated in the final night of nights — the Rabobank beef dinner— which included a tasting of all the local beef which entered the 100-day grainfed competition.

Taking out both the heifer categories (under 400kg and over 400kg) were Matt and Anne Comiskey, Portwine, Alpha, with Santa Gertrudis heifers.

In the steers, the under 400kg category was won by the Dillon family at Surbiton Station, Alpha, also with Santa Gertudis cattle.

The over 400kg steer category was dominated by the Gleeson family at Beaufort, Alpha. Their winning pen was the only pen in the entire competition to place in all four phases of judging.

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