Evan Ferris took out the Otago/Southland Beef Carcass Competition last week, clean-sweeping with his Limousin Steers.

Mr Ferris was crowned the on-the-hoof champion and reserve champion, winning the Doug Lindsay Memorial Trophy.

He was also the winner of the on-the-hook section, winning the Alan Dodd Trophy.

Otago/Southland Beef Carcass Competition on-the-hook judge Neil Willis, left, with winners Evan Ferris and Kay Worthington.
Otago/Southland Beef Carcass Competition on-the-hook judge Neil Willis, left, with winners Evan Ferris and Kay Worthington.

Convener Barry Gray, of Owaka, said there were 32 entries this year from all over Southland and Otago.

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''We've had a couple of first time entrants.''

There were more Simmental entries than usual this year.

Two thirds of the entrants were owner-bred.

More cattle ended up in the lighter classes this year, with 14 in class one (220kg-270kg), 10 in class two (270kg-320kg) and eight in class three(320kg and over), Mr Gray said.

''It varies on year to year.''

On-the-hook judge Neil Willis said there was a lot of variation in this year's competition.

''The good ones were very, very good and some not so good. There was outstanding conformation in the heavies.''

A lot of points in the competition had come from the rib eye area, with Mr Ferris' winning beast having a rib eye area of 141.

''You wouldn't see a chiller like that on a normal production day.''

On-the-hoof judge William Mitchell said the winners of all classes were better finished than the other entrants.

''Especially in the lighter weights. The heavy weights were a good line of cattle.''

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