Obaro Middelburg delivers top carcasses

The Obaro Middelburg Carcass competition took place on the 7th of September at Pienaardam. Participants braved the cold weather, where 92 cattle of 14 different farms competed to be awarded the Champion title for 2019.

During the On-the-hoof judging, the cattle are assessed based on physical properties, which include overall condition, build as well as muscle and fat distribution. The purpose of this is to determine which cattle will deliver the best carcasses. The red meat market has several requirements that a farmer’s herd must meet. The judges look at mass suitability, fatness and build. These competitions serve as a good measurement to determine whether a farmer’s herd is in a good condition and if they will deliver top quality meat for the red meat market.

The Obaro Middelburg Carcass Competition was comprised of five classes, each of which appointed a winner. The classes consisted of lighter than 380kg, 381-410kg, 411-440kg, 441kg-500kg and heavier than 500kg, also known as the Super Ox class. The winners are subsequently measured against one another, to determine the Champion and Reserve Champion. After the individual winners, the Champion Group On-the-Hoof and Reserve Champion Group On-the-Hoof are announced.

Tian Kruger Boerdery walked away as Champion, Reserve Champion, Champion Group and Reserve Champion Group On-the-Hoof for 2019.

The experts who served as judges during the competition was Douw Steyn (Voermol), Johan Odendaal (SAFJA), Johan Berg (Obaro) and Hennie du Toit (Obaro).

Obaro Middelburg Carcass Competition On-The-Hoof judging was held on the 10th of September 2019 at Witbank Abattoir by SAMIC (South African Meat Industry Company). Tian Kruger Boerdery was awarded Champion On-the-Hook and Peach Boerdery was named as Reserve Champion On-The-Hook. JJJM Botes was named Champion Group On-the-Hook and Peach Boerdery was named Reserve Champion Group On-the-Hook.

ÔÇťObaro’s Carcass Competitions serve as a good opportunity for farmers to measure their cattle against that of other farms. It is very important for the red meat market to be able to provide top quality cattle. The winning carcass had a build of four with excellent fat dispersion. The winning carcass definitely came out on top!” said Hennie du Toit, Obaro judge.