A focus on eating quality within their commercial whiteface herd has prompted a central NSW family to enter one of the nation’s biggest feedback trials.
The Hayes family run a Poll Hereford herd at “Ettlesdale’’, Caloola, on the NSW central tablelands, and are first time entrants in the Beef Spectacular 2018 Feedback Trial at Teys Australia Jindalee feedlot.
The herd is managed by Tim Leahy with the assistance of his son, Tim Jnr, and they were able to inspect their team of steers at a trial field day at Jindalee on November 22.
“This is an excellent opportunity to benchmark ourselves against all breeds and see where the herd sits,’’ Tim Leahy Jnr said.
“The steers selected were a good cross section of the herd representing different sires rather than picking the eyes out of the drop.
“The one area we can’t deny is eating quality where we need to consistently work hard.
“I’m really interested in seeing where Hereford benchmarks itself against other breeds for eating quality.
“We know marbling is so important to consumer feedback.’’
Mr Leahy Jnr said bulls with above average BREEDPLAN figures for intra-muscular fat had been selected for the Ettlesdale herd.
He said the breeding program had focused on positive carcase traits for the pas...
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