1953 saw the introduction of carcase competitions to allow producers to see the end point of the work that had gone into breeding and fattening their beef carcases. Early beef competitions emphasised the importance of the northern cattle industry with the largest section being the “Pens of Three” heavy bullocks entered by northern pastoralists. These competitions developed into a major annual event for the State’s beef industry, providing an opportunity for producers and buyers to mix together and observe the carcases of the animals they had produced. As cattle numbers in the south increased the categories and types of domestic classes increased. The competitions were judged by objective scoring systems developed nationally with significant involvement by South Australian industry and government personnel. Some country show committees ran local competitions and the RAHS still runs an annual pure breed competition in conjunction with the Royal Show.

Beef Carcase appraisal Gepps Cross 1973

Carcase appraisal of beef at Gepps Cross abattoir 1973

Photo No.: 103727 Title: Judging live cattle in a steer competition. Date: 16 Mar 1973

Photo No.: 103681 Title: Ron McNeil, judge, explaining the results of the beef carcass appraisal. Date: Jan 1973

The Stud Beef Breeders Association runs a number of breed promotion and extension activities in addition to their role at the Royal Show. The annual SA Beef Cattle Field Days give stud breeders a unique opportunity to display their cattle at home on the property, and the aim of the popular SA Junior Heifer Expo “is to continue to improve the Expo as a platform for our youth within the beef industry, allowing further development of their knowledge, experience and opportunities in life and enabling them to become tomorrow's leaders” .

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