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Limousin Cross Heifer Wins Asda BeefLink Carcass Yield Competition 2012-01-16

A Limousin cross heifer from the Pennie family, Glynn, Nigel and Chris of Llandissyl, Powys, took the top spot in the annual Asda BeefLink carcass competition run at ABP’s Shrewsbury abattoir.

Nigel Pennie receiving his championship award from Barry Williams, Asdas head of fresh produce

Cattle unit at Wold farm

The competition, which saw entries judged on carcass yield and value, rather than solely on grade was won by a 341.9kg carcass which graded E2 and came from an 18 month old heifer. She had a daily deadweight gain of 0.62kg/day and had been placed first in the heifer class before winning the overall championship.

The champion was exceptionally high yielding in the high value cut, giving 1.31% greater yield on steak than the winning steer and a 1.20% greater yield on steak than the winning young bull, explained Asda senior red meat trader Jim Viggars.

“Boning out the carcasses to determine the champion had shown the value of assessing carcasses based on their yield and value rather than simply on the EUROP grading classification.

“The championship winning carcass was considerably more valuable than the other class winners and had more meat where the valuable cuts were.”

The Pennies received a total of £1000 in prize money for their champion carcass, having picked up £300 as the heifer class winner and a further £700 for the championship award.

ABP group cattle buyer Steven Feehan said ABP had been delighted by the excellent standard of cattle forward for the competition which was the second of its type held in conjunction with Asda, following on from the success of the inaugural one held in 2011. “Unlike other competitions run across the industry the champion carcass in this competition was determined purely on an analysis of meat yield and value rather than an assessment of how the carcase looks when hanging up.

Winning the steer class was a 350.7kg British Blue carcass from Andrew Baker which graded E2 at 18 months old with a daily deadweight gain of 0.64kg/day. Meanwhile the young bull class was won by Chris Jerman with a 14 month old Limousin which graded U+2 and had a daily deadweight gain of 0.77kg/day.

Also celebrating was 13 year old Dion Jones who exhibited the third placed steer carcass and took home the award for the best carcass from a young farmer. His steer was a 19 month old British Blue which graded E2 and weighed 359kg.

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