Beef Week record equalled

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Beef Week record equalled

A RECORD equaling 263 beef cattle studs representing 33 breeds are involved in the nation’s biggest on-farm open day event, the 2014 Stock and Land Beef Week in south-east Australia from January 28 to February 5.
“The move to expand Beef Week from eight to nine days has not only attracted more entries but increases the opportunities for visitors to inspect cattle on more properties,” said Beef Week director Geoff Phillips, who has been managing the event for the past 21 of its 23 year history.
“The eastern Riverina day that ran from the Murray River north to Canberra has been split into two days, with 30 studs in the northern half and 29 in the southern half.
“If we hadn’t made the change, 59 studs would have been open on the one day which would have been detrimental for both exhibitors and visitors.”
The first Stock and Land Beef Week in 1992 ran over four days with 50 studs and only a handful of breeds involved.
“The nine day 2014 event has four days each with 30 or more studs with many of the original 50 that started in 1992 still using Beef Week as a major marketing opportunity,” Mr Phillips said.
“We also have a foundation sponsor, Merial, still involved while a brand new sponsor, Rivalea Stockfeeds, has joined the support group for 2014. Other ongoing sponsors are Rural Finance and the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria.”
Starting on Tuesday, January 28 in the north east Riverina, a cavalcade of beef cattle enthusiasts will follow the Beef Week trail for nine days concluding on Wednesday, February 5 when 38 studs will open their gates in south-west Victoria, the biggest day in Beef Week 2014.
Beef Week is a great opportunity for seedstock and commercial producers to compare breeds and studs within breeds before making buying decisions, according to Mr Phillips.
“Beef Week allows both big and small operations to display their stock. Many sell privately on the day and for many studs it is their major marketing day of the year, while others display the bulls catalogued for upcoming on-property sales,” he said.
The RASV Beef Week Heifer Challenge, with properties displaying a pen of 10 of their best registered 2012 born heifers, has attracted 60 entries with $4500 cash prize money for the winners.
Entrants in the Heifer Challenge say their heifers generate interest and discussion and is an additional attraction and talking point.
As in the past, Herefords and Angus studs make up over half the studs involved with 79 whiteface studs and 59 Angus studs opening their gates. The Angus entry is the breed’s largest since 2008.
Other breeds with strong representations are Limousin with 19 studs, Charolais with 15 and Murray Grey with 12, the largest entry from the Australian developed breed for over a decade.
“For over two decades Stock and Land Beef Week has been the premier event of its type in the nation and promotes the excellent seedstock herds in Australia’s south-east,” Mr Phillips said.
Details of the studs in Beef Week 2014 are available on www.beefweek.com.au.

Superb bulls: Bill Kee from Warringa Herefords in Yarram with some of the bulls that will be offered for sale at their Beef Week field day.

Superb bulls: Bill Kee from Warringa Herefords in Yarram with some of the bulls that will be offered for sale at their Beef Week field day.

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