VITULUS Lowlines at Thornton has taken out an historic double, winning both the lightweight and heavyweight sections of the 2009

carcase competition at the Brisbane Ekka, with the winner of the lightweight section named Grand
Champion Carcase.
Stud owner Margo Hayes first enjoyed Ekka carcase competition success in 2007. This year she became the first
breeder to take out the double win, which had never even gone to the same breed before.
The competition attracted 255 entries this year, with representa- tion from all breeds. The winning lightweight steer
and grand champion carcase of the show was an 18 month old crossbred — 75% Lowline, 25% Senepol — weighing 396kg.
With a perfect fat score and maximum marbling points, the steer also produced an EMA of 83, dressing percentage of 57.6% and
yield percentage of 64%. He also won the MSA Eating Quality Award for his class. The winning heavyweight steer
was a 22 month old crossbred — 50% Lowline, 25% Limousin, 25% Murray Grey — weighing 530kg. His fat score marbling was also
perfect. This steer produced an EMA of 98, dressing percentage of 55.1% and yield percentage of 61.54%. However Ms Hayes said this
steer had been more of a challenge to get to the right specifications, with his feed reduced for the last month to hold him at the right
weight, as his teeth were just about to break. He had been on grain for 120 days.
Grand Champion Carcass Photos: SUPPLIED