Competition Details

The competition is run in the Beef Australia format, with entries received in pens of three cattle in two classes.  Exhibitors have the opportunity to co-enter the Beef Australia 2024 National Carcase Competition by completing an entry form.  Details of the grass-finished class specifications and entry forms are at https://beefaustralia.com.au/

The committee encourages all entrants to consider entering Beef Australia, as local producers have performed very well in previous years, receiving valuable prizes

The hoof section will be run at the Circular Head Show on Saturday 2ndof December 2023, after which entries will be transported to Greenham Tasmania, to be grazed and fed ad lib silage for 30 days to comply with MSA rules, and processed in early January 2024.

Competition entries will be judged under MSA criteria, which measures saleable meat yield, market specifications, and importantly, eating quality. Care will be taken to ensure MSA compliance.

Bonus carcase points may be awarded for the consistency of weight, fat distribution, lean meat yield and eating quality score of the three cattle in each entry.

All entries are required by law to have National Livestock Identification Scheme (NLIS) tags, and be accompanied by a National Vendor Declaration (NVD) form, a MSA Declaration form and a completed Greenham Tasmania ‘Never Ever’ declaration form, if applicable.

Ear tags for identification will be supplied and will be mailed to entrants during the week prior to the Show Day.    Cattle with horns exceeding 5 cm will not be accepted.

A limit of one pen per class per exhibitor may be enforced at the discretion of the stewards.

Please Note: Unloading facilities – The unloading ramp is located at the rear of the Trade Cattle yards accessible from the old railway line lane. Turn left at the entry to the showground and follow signs. Cattle will be received in trucks between 6.00 – 8.00 am on Show Day or earlier by arrangement with the Stewards.  Late arrivals will not be accepted.

Judging commences at 10.00 am Saturday 2nd December 2023 at the rear of the Beef Cattle Shed. All are welcome.

See the Schedule for competition classes.

A new format for this year will combine the carcase presentations and an information seminar and BBQ sponsored by Greenham Tasmania, to be held at 5pm on Tuesday 11th January 2024 at the CH Community and Recreation Centre, Nelson Street, Smithton.

A detailed video presentation of the carcases will be shown, along with judges’ comments.  There will be no access to the chiller at the Smithton plant as has occurred previously.


Further information: John Bruce 0428 140 811 or Milton de Jonge 0418 581 184.

Judge for Competition Classes: Dayna Grey

Biography Dayna Grey:

Raised on the North West Coast of Tasmania on a beef cattle property, Dayna has had a diverse involvement in the Agricultural Industry. Her passion for Agriculture was fuelled through her participation as a Junior Cattle Handler at Sheffield School, where she then continued her studies at Marcus Oldham in Geelong, obtaining a Bachelor of Agribusiness.

Dayna’s career has been varied and wide spread across the Agricultural Industry. After 4 years at Thomas Foods International (TFI) in a supply chain and marketing role, she now resides with her partner on their family farm in Marrabel, South Australia, where she now runs a Livestock Pregnancy Scanning business. Earlier this year, Dayna won the National Young Judges competition at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.

What does it mean to judge at Shows

It is always an honor to be ask to judge at any show, but to be ask by breeders to appraise their cattle is a definite privilege..

I always enjoy talking to breeders throughout the country and see what they are doing with their breeding programs but also the markets that they see will be the bench mark for their operations. I also believe one of the most important things is spending time with the new Generation of Primary Industry young people,  to teach yes, but to also listen.


Champion Yearling Steer or Heifer Group – Local Trade (Carcase)

“Rex Frankcombe Memorial Trophy”

Sponsored by the Red Angus Society of Australia, Tasmanian Members

and the Frankcombe Family

Champion Prime Beef Steer Group – Japanese Export (Carcase)

“Greenham Tasmania Pty Ltd Trophy”

Highest Scoring Steer or Heifer

Sponsored by Perry’s Quality Meats

The “Greenham Tasmania Junior Development Prize”

will be awarded to

Highest Scoring pen of three entered by a person under 18 years


Major Sponsor: Greenham Tas PL

Anthony’s at Highfield

Chemvet Australia

Coopers Animal Health



Frankcombe Family


Gavin Pearce MP

Impact Fertilisers

Incitec Pivot Fertilisers

Jaeger Electrical & Refrigeration

Leon & Diana Gee

Medwin Enterprises

Nutrien Ag Solutions

Perry’s Quality Meats


Red Angus Society Tasmania

Roxene Kingston

Serve-Ag Smithton

Smithton Veterinary Service


Western Plains Beef