EKKA Paddock to Palate Important Changes

The RNA Beef Committee would like to inform you about some important changes to the 2019/20 RNA Paddock to Palate Wagyu Challenge presented by JBS.

Mort & Co has chosen not to continue their involvement or renew their sponsorship from 2020, which means the cattle entered in the 2019/20 Wagyu Challenge won’t go to the Grassdale Feedlot near Dalby.

We have secured Smithfield Cattle Co as a competition supporter, so your cattle will go to their Sapphire Feedlot at Yelarbon near Goondiwindi for the weight gain phase of the competition.

Feedlot Fees and Charges 
The fees and charges for Smithfield’s Sapphire Feedlot are outlined below.

The induction fee, finance fee and feed costs are slightly less than the 2018/19 Wagyu Challenge and there is a new charge for bedding.

  • Induction fee – $5/head
  • Finance fee – $120/head
  • Ration price $460/t first 100 days. The ration price is reviewed in 100 day cycles. Exhibitors will be contacted at day 100, 150, 200 and 300 to confirm the new ration price
  • Bedding fee – $30/h (100mm of woodchip added to the pen at day 280). This is in line with best management practices for the welfare and comfort of the animal in the last 200 days of feeding. This is a new charge.

Please note, the competition presenting partner JBS will cover the cost of transporting your cattle from the feedlot to the processing plant.

If you have any questions regarding the feedlot, please feel free to contact Ryan Brown from Smithfield Cattle Co on 0400 019 863 or ryan@smithfieldcattleco.com.

Vaccination – New 
All cattle entered in the 2019/20 Wagyu Challenge will receive the Bovi-Shield MH-One vaccine at the feedlot, to help prevent Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD).

This is at no extra cost to you, thanks to competition supporter Zoetis.

Entries Closing Date 
Due to the above changes you have an extra week to get your entries in for the 2019/20 Wagyu Challenge, with entries extended until Friday 26 April.

To view the updated competition schedule please click here. Then enter now by clicking here.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Marricka Clancy, Competition and Events Coordinator, .
P:  07 3253 3927  M:  0429 027 828 W:  mclancy@rna.org.au