Beef producers from throughout Western Australia have taken out the top awards at the 2019 Meat Standards Australia (MSA) Excellence in Eating Quality Awards for the State.
Hosted by Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA), the Awards recognise beef producers who have achieved outstanding compliance rates to MSA specifications, as well as high eating quality performance, as represented by MSA Index results for MSA graded cattle during the 2017-18 and 2018-19 financial years.
WestBeef Feedlot at Kalannie was awarded Most Outstanding MSA Feedlot in Western Australia. During 2017-19, 39% of all cattle consigned to MSA from Western Australia were classified as grainfed.
Cattle from feedlots accredited under the National Feedlot Accreditation Scheme (NFAS) and that were eligible for Australian Grainfed Standards were included in this award category.
Wayne and Carol Dumbrell, Walpole, won Most Outstanding MSA Beef Producer (Band 1), which recognises producers turning off large MSA consignment volumes from any non-feedlot operation.
Derek and Elizabeth Dilkes, Catterick, won Most Outstanding MSA Beef Producer (Band 2), which recognises producers turning off smaller MSA consignment volumes from any non-feedlot accredited operation.
Bruno and Annette Italiano, Sandlewood Farms, Harvey, won the MSA Progress Award for showing the greatest improvement in their MSA results since the last Awards series in 2017.
2019’s winners won their awards from a field comprising 2,000 registered producers in Western Australia who consigned cattle during 2017-19, according to MSA.
Throughout Australia, more than 15,000 producers consigned over 6.6 million cattle to the MSA program throughout the 2017-18 and 2018-19 period.
This article was first published in The Fence magazine.