Aberdeen-Angus breeders took home the prestigious accolade of overall Beef Rib champion at this year’s LiveScot.
Held at Lanark Agricultural Centre, Matthew and Heather Currie from the Kingholm Herd at Dumfries won the competition, which was sponsored by Royal Smithfield Club and Kepak McIntosh Donald, with their showstopping pedigree beef ribs.
The champion was a purebred steer by Aberdeen-Angus Weeton Rocky R459, born 9/11/20 who killed out at 298kg and graded at R4H. Coming up as reserve champion for beef rib was another Kingholm heifer, also by Weeton Rocky, born 1/5/20, who killed out at 361kg to the same grade.
Mr Currie, who is also a council member for The Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society, has a history of producing competition winning beef.
“Weeton Rocky also sired the champion purebred whole Aberdeen-Angus carcase in 2019 at the Premier Meat Exhibition. Our herd also won the LiveScot Beef Rib competition back in 2018, and picked up other whole carcase purebred champion awards in 2013, 2015 and 2018.
“The winning genetics remain available as the reserve champion was twin to a bull who is destined for Stirling in February 2022,” adds Mr Currie.
“It’s a fantastic recognition to receive as an Aberdeen-Angus breeder. We focus on selling to commercial beef producers and we’re clear that beef is our business. The win is confirmation that what we’re doing with our herd is working and celebrates the years of work we’ve put into the herd genetics,” he says.
Commenting on the win, Robert Gilchrist, acting CEO of the Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society, says this is a great achievement for the breed.
“The breed is renowned for its meat-eating quality and the Currie’s win is a testament to that. It’s vital our breed’s genetics perform well on the hook as this is the ultimate goal for beef. It needs to kill out and eat well, as we want to be producing beef that is fit for the future market. For Aberdeen-Angus to come out on top in this prime beef rib championship is something we are really proud to celebrate.”
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About Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society:
Active since 1879, The Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society is the regulator of Aberdeen-Angus cattle in the UK, ensuring provenance, quality and progression of this iconic breed. The Society focuses on breeding quality bulls and cows for premium quality meat.
With the popularity of Aberdeen Angus meat growing year on year, it is the aim of The Society to play a key role in safeguarding the industry and driving its future. It sets the industry standard for traceability and authentication through its Sire Verification Programme whilst supporting the industry leaders of tomorrow with its Aberdeen Angus Youth Development Programme.