The inaugural Limo Blockbuster Hoof and Hook Competition got underway at Bartholomew and Co in Bromelton today.
The Limo Blockbuster has been designed to offer farmers the opportunity to compare and benchmark their breeding programs with those of industry peers.
The winners share in a prize pool of $12,000 to be presented at a ceremony on July 22.
Prior to the competition, all of the cattle are removed to a feed lot where they are kept for 100 days.
They are then taken back to the saleyard and judged on the hoof as they stand live and on the hook following processing.
Cattle are assessed for confirmation or shape and the amount of meat and fat cover, with a beast that has more meat and sufficient fat to meet the processors requirements considered ideal.
This year, 27 vendors from all over south-east Queensland and Northern New South Wales jumped at the chance to see how their livestock measure up.
Organiser Geoff Haack said initially he had hoped more vendors would enter but the maiden Limo Blockbuster was still very competitive.
“Everybody who entered cattle were keen to see how they stack up against their peers,” he said.
“Everybody wants to win but not everybody can.”
The hoof portion of the competition was won by Jen-Daview Limousin Stud with the hook judging to take place after the cattle are processed tomorrow.
Jen-Daview Limousin Stud representative Corey Evans said it’s always good to get feedback on your program and see how your cattle are performing.
“We’re pleased to win,” he said.
“There was a lot of good cattle.
“Credit to the organisers on running a great event.
“We’ll definitely be back next year.”