A RECORD 72 top quality entries acquired for the 2023 Brisbane Present branded beef and lamb competitions – up 35 p.c on final yr – signalled that the shadow of drought has now properly and actually handed from the Australian pink meat trade.
The 2023 annual awards have been introduced this morning in Brisbane, with outcomes evenly shared throughout Queensland, NSW and Victorian entries.
5 divisions have been judged by a choose panel on commonplace MSA style panel standards of tenderness, juiciness, flavour and general liking, plus visible uncooked.
Topping this yr’s beef competitors of virtually 40 samples was a crossbred Wagyu entry from Brisbane-based provide chain Paradigm Meals, bred on the Darling Downs and fed for round 12 months on a Japanese type ration at Smithfield Cattle Co’s Sapphire feedlot close to Goondiwindi, and processed at Stanbroke Beef, Grantham.
Paradigm’s entry, from its ICON XB Wagyu model program, earlier claimed the extremely aggressive Wagyu marbling rating 7+ class, scoring the general competitors’s highest results of 91.7 factors, earlier than being topped grand champion.
It’s been a memorable month for Paradigm Meals, a enterprise established solely 5 years in the past focusing on the high-end worldwide beef markets. In April the corporate earned gold medals through the 2023 Australian Wagyu Affiliation branded beef competitors in Sydney for its Icon XB and Yugo XB entries in three lessons.
Paradigm collaborates with a spread of Wagyu breeders, backgrounders and lotfeeders throughout the jap states, turning off between 400 and 450 our bodies every week, with a powerful deal with genetics, vitamin and pre-and put up feedlot entry administration.
The corporate just lately celebrated its 5 years of operations milestone, and Icon XB was the enterprise’s basis model program.
“As this system evolves and the stakeholders grow to be extra refined on the breeding and administration facet, focussing on genetics and marbling rating, we expect this system’s efficiency will proceed to evolve, for the higher,” Paradigm’s Nicholas Cathie advised Beef Central.
Key markets for the Icon XB program are globally diversified – with common shipments in southeast Asia, US, home, China and the Center East.
Whereas Wagyu feeder costs have diminished considerably over the previous 4 months, the lengthy manufacturing cycles with Wagyu meant that cattle at the moment coming off feed represented feeders purchased final yr at dramatically increased costs than at the moment.
“For the time being we, like all Wagyu feeders, nonetheless have very costly cattle within the system,” Mr Cathie stated. “However everyone seems to be in the identical boat – you want an extended horizon to work within the Wagyu trade, and finally at the moment’s a lot decrease feeder costs will begin to be mirrored within the beef being offered.”
“Increased marbling grades are slightly extra inelastic on pricing, however that mid to low vary Wagyu is the place there may be a variety of problem for everybody working within the Wagyu area,” he stated.
Chief choose of the Royal Queensland branded beef competitors Elaine Millar stated this yr’s beef competitors supplied an outstanding judging and consuming expertise throughout all lessons.
“The grand champion was distinctive in its depth of flavour which lasted delicately on the palate for a rare time and melted like almond-infused butter,” she stated.
“Our retail, meals service and end-consumer clients are definitely spoilt for alternative as a result of broad vary of flavours and textures at the moment out there in Australian beef, which may solely be the results of ideally suited seasons, and variety of areas and breed.”
There’s some highlights from Brisbane Present’s different branded beef lessons this yr:
This yr’s grainfed beef class produced a big win for Thomas Meals Worldwide, exhibiting a pattern from the corporate’s Angus Pure HGP-free program, which runs underneath each grain and grassfed streams.
This 100-day product was fed at TFI’s Southern Cross feedlot close to Tintinara in South Australia (see Beef Central’s earlier Prime 25 lotfeeders report) and processed at G&Okay O’Connor throughout the Victorian border at Packenham.
TFI has used a service kill at O’Connors as a stop-gap till the corporate’s model new Murray Bridge abattoir is opened in coming months, following a hearth which destroyed the unique plant in 2018.
The corporate says it plans to ramp-up its manufacturing of Angus Pure as soon as killing operations return residence in coming months.
Wagyu marbling rating 6 and fewer
Additionally mirroring its success on the latest AWA Wagyu branded beef awards was Kilcoy World Meals, which topped Brisbane Present’s Wagyu marbling rating 6 and fewer class this yr with a pattern from its Carrara 640 crossbred program.
Cararra 640 (institution quantity) additionally earned gold medals within the crossbred and open F1 lessons ultimately month’s AWA competitors. The F1-F2 product is fed 350-400 days at quite a lot of feedyards servicing the KGF model packages.
Certainly one of Australia’s actually elite grassfed packages claimed Brisbane Present’s Grassfed beef class this yr, and earned the MLA trophy for champion MSA-graded beef of present.
JBS’s Little Joe represents the ‘better of the most effective’ from the 3200 to 4200 yearling cattle processed every week by JBS for its huge Nice Southern farm assured grassfed HGP-free program.
Little Joe is made up solely of grassfed carcases producing marbling scores of 4 and better – numbers usually related solely with midfed grain sort product. It usually represents round 1pc of all of the Nice Southern program cattle processed by JBS in Tasmania (Longford), Victoria (Brooklyn) and NSW (Scone).
Considerably, JBS pays a 40c/kg premium to suppliers for carcases grading for the Little Joe program, price a further $112 on a 280kg physique.
Many of the Little Joe manufacturing finds its approach into the higher finish of the meals service sector within the US, the Center East and southeast Asia, with smaller portions offered in boutique retail butcheries in Australia.
It’s been some years since JBS Southern division has ventured north to take part within the Brisbane Present branded beef program, and the choice paid off handsomely this yr in each beef and lamb packages, with gold medals earned within the grassfed beef class (JBS Proper to Roam EQG) and silver within the grainfed class (Riverina Angus MB2).
A grainfed Angus pattern from Stockyard’s Stockyard Gold longfed model program primarily based on the Darling Downs claimed this yr’s open division. Stockyard Gold has been among the many most extremely awarded Australian beef manufacturers over the previous 20 years.
Below Stockyard’s AusMeat-verified “Pure Program,” no development promotants, antibiotics, animal by-products or genetically modified feed merchandise are used.
Gold: Angus Pure by Thomas Meals Worldwide
Silver: JBS Australia Riverina Angus MB2+ MSA by JBS Australia
Bronze: Black Diamond by Kilcoy World Meals
Grass Fed class:
Gold: Little Joe by JBS Australia
Gold: JBS Australia Proper to Roam EQG by JBS Australia
Wagyu Class Marbling Rating 6 or much less
Gold: Carrara 640 Wagyu by Kilcoy World Meals
Silver: ICON XB Wagyu by Paradigm Meals
Bronze: YUGO XB Wagyu by Paradigm Meals
Wagyu Class Marbling Rating 7+
Gold: ICON Xb Wagyu by Paradigm Meals
Silver: Jade Pure Wagyu by Kilcoy World Meals
Bronze: YUGO XB Wagyu by Paradigm Meals
Gold: Stockyard Gold by Stockyard Beef Pty Ltd
Silver: JBS Australia Bachelor Angus MB2+ by JBS Australia
Bronze: Ebony Black Angus by Kilcoy World Meals