Yulgilbar trifecta, Palgrove quinella in 2022 Paddock to Palate weight gain results

James Nason, 21/06/2022

Among the prize winners at the 2022 Paddock to Palate weight gain section awards presentation today were Ben Noller, Palgrove Pastoral Company; Brett Ellem, Yulgilbar; Greg Kelly, Juandah Grazing; and Wendy and Ben Mayne, Texas Angus.


SANTA  Gertrudis and Santa Hereford cross exhibits from Yulgilbar Pastoral Company have accomplished a prized trifecta in the 2022 RNA Paddock to Palate weight gain phase results, announced this morning in Toowoomba.

Kris Elliott and Brett Ellem from Yulgilbar with the Santa Hereford cross champions of the 100 day pen of six weight gain competition at Beef City, which averaged 3.262kg.

Yulgilbar general manager Brett Ellem was on hand to accept three major awards on behalf of the Baryulgil, NSW based Santa Gertrudis stud and commercial cattle company, including overall pen of six in Class 37A (100 day) with their Santa Hereford cross steers recording an average daily weight gain across the pen of 3.262kg.

They also won the highest individual weight gain for Class 37A with an ADG of 3.59kg.

Santa Gertrudis steers from Yulgilbar also won the overall pen of six in Class 38A (70 Day) with an ADG of 3.186kg.

JBS commercial manager northern Brendan Tatt with Ben Noller from Palgove Pastoral Company.

Charolais and Charolais Angus cross entries from Palgrove Pastoral Company were also major winners, winning the overall pen of six in Class 40A (100 Day HGP Free) with a Charolais pen that produced an ADG 2.557kg.

Two steers in the winning pen also recorded the highest individual weight gains of the HGP free section of 2.91kg and 2.8kg.

A pen of Palgrove Pastoral Co Charolais Angus X steers also took third place in Class 37 (100 day) with an ADG of 2.980.

Second place in class 37 (100 day) was won by a pen of Charolais X Angus steers exhibited by Kel and Greg Kelly’s Juandah Grazing stud and commercial cattle operation based at Gulugaba, which produced an ADG of 2.998.

In second place in Class 38 (70 day) was a pen of Angus X Ultrablack steers from the Crombie family’s Aurelian Pastoral Co with an ADG of 3.160.

The same pen entered by the Crombie family also produced the highest individual weight gain result of 3.786kg.

Russell Pastoral Operation’s Adam Armstrong with Pedr Harvey and Mal Porter from Rabobank.

Third place in class 38 (70 day) was claimed by Russell Pastoral Operations Pty Ltd with a pen of Angus X steers which recorded an average ADG of 3.071.

In Class 40 (HGP free 100 day) Angus steers from Ben and Wendy Mayne’s Texas Angus took second place in the class with an ADG of 2.398.

Shorthorn steers from G Morgan & Co took third place with an ADG of 2.380.

Entries from McIntyre Agriculture at St George dominated the weight gain section of the Wagyu Challenge, the results of which were announced at Smithfield Cattle Co’s Sapphire Feedlot on Monday.

F1 pens from McIntyre Agriculture took first and second place with ADGs of 1.108kg and 1.060kg, ahead of Sefton Grazing in third place with ADG of 1.004.

McIntyre steers from the two winning pens also completed a trifecta of the highest individual weight gain section, winning first, second and third place with individual ADGs of 1.198kg, 1.195kg and 1.188kg.

The results of the weight gain section, the first of three phases of the competition, were announced at an RNA event at the Royal Hotel in Toowoomba today, which also included a tour of JBS’ Beef City feedlot where the competition cattle have been on feed.

The winners of the second and third phases of the competition – the carcase and eating quality sections – will be announced along with the overall winners of the competition at a special function at the Ekka on August 3.

The event is Australia’s richest beef competition of its kind, with almost $54,000 in prize money.

A total of 756 head were involved in this year’s competition, which also includes the Wagyu entries.


Class 37 – 100 days Exhibitor Cat. ADG Breed
1st Yulgilbar Pastoral Company 53 3.262 Santa Hereford
2nd Juandah Grazing 37 2.998 Charolais X Angus
3rd Palgrove Pastoral Co 45 2.980 Charolais Angus X
High. Ind. Yulgilbar Pastoral Company 53A 3.590 Santa Hereford


Class 38 – 70 days Exhibitor Cat. ADG Breed
1st Yulgilbar Pastoral Company 71 3.186 Santa Gertrudis
2nd Aurelian Pastoral Co 55 3.160 Angus X Ultrablack
3rd Russell Pastoral Operations Pty Ltd 69 3.071 Angus X
High. Ind. Aurelian Pastoral Co 55C 3.786 Angus X Ultrablack


Class 39 – Wagyu Exhibitor Cat. ADG Blood
1st McIntyre Agriculture Pty Ltd 14 1.108 50%
2nd McIntyre Agriculture Pty Ltd 13 1.060 50%
3rd Sefton Grazing 1 1.004 100%
High. Ind. McIntyre Agriculture Pty Ltd 14G 1.198 50%


Class 40

– HGP free 100 day

Exhibitor Cat. ADG Breed
1st Palgrove Pastoral Co 88 2.557 Charolais & Charolais Angus X
2nd Mayne, Texas Angus 83 2.398 Angus
3rd G Morgan & Co 77 2.380 Shorthorn
High. Ind. Palgrove Pastoral Co 88E 2.910 Charolais & Charolais Angus


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