A Wagyu genetics legend awarded Paddock to Palate

Congratulations to Alan Hoey and Hamblin’s for taking out first and second place in the Mort & Co Paddock to Palate competition announced at this year’s EKKA awards.

A Wagyu genetics legend awarded Paddock to Palate

Warwick’s Alan Hoey is congratulated for his overall win in the Wagyu Challenge from AWA CEO Matt McDonagh and RNA president David Thomas.


The competition has several classes, with Class 39 specifically for Wagyu and Wagyu-cross cattle was based on four phases: weight gain, carcase characteristics, carcase value and beef taste-off.

The overall winner is determined by the total score achieved across all four Classes, with individual awards given to each phase winner.

Taking out the overall prize in first place was Alan Hoey, a Wagyu genetics specialist who selected six cattle from Darren Hamblin’s animals to compete.

Alan, based at Allora, central Queensland, spoke extensively during the WagyuEdge 2018 Conference Tour about his thoughts on Wagyu genetics and his practices, which clearly have hit the jackpot with the overall win at the Paddock to Palate competition.