The carcass competition and auction is one of the most popular events at the annual Royal Show. Every year, top lamb, pork and beef carcasses are entered and judged, and the winning carcasses are auctioned off at record prices.
The Oyster Box restaurant in Umhlanga was once again the highest bidder in all three categories. All-around excellent prices were achieved this year and a brand new South African record price for beef was set.
Beef carcass competition results
A Beefmaster carcass belonging to Weston Agricultural College won champion carcass with an impressive score of 94,54. Weston AC is part of the PLAAS Agricultural Youth Foundation, a project founded by Plaas Media and supported by Veeplaas magazine.
In second place was Mtubatuba Mini Farms with a Bonsmara carcass (92,43) followed by Owen Sithole College in third place with a Brahman cross with a score of 89,83. Vryheid Landbou won the champion group of four, with all four Bonsmara carcasses scoring over 80. The champion super ox carcass was awarded to a Brangus carcass owned by Richard Tedder.
New South African record price
The winning beef carcass belonging to Weston Agricultural College and was sold for a new South African record price of R200 per kg to The Oyster Box restaurant.
Pork carcass competition results
The champion pork carcass was a Topigs pig entered by Glenelly with a score of 93,41. The 1st reserve carcass was also a Topigs breed (93,02) belonging to Butt Farming and the 2nd reserve carcass a Duroc cross entered by Hogan Stud with a score of 92,66.
The champion group was entered by NHELC group and all four PIC carcasses managed to score above 80. The champion carcass entered by an emerging farmer was a PIC pig entered by B Gumede. He also walked away with the 1st reserve in the emerging farmer category with another PIC pig.
Pork carcass sold marginally above reserve price
The champion pork carcass from Glennelly sold for R90/kg to The Oyster Box restaurant. The reserve price was set at R21/kg on the day of the auction.
Lamb carcass auction results
This year’s champion lamb carcass was a Witdorper x Ile de France carcass entered by Gert Lotter with a score of 97,50. The first reserve and second reserve carcasses were both Witdorper carcasses entered by Coetzee Reitz and E le Roux, respectively. The super lamb carcass was a Witdorper also entered by Gert Lotter with a score of 92,78.
The champion group of carcasses was also entered by E le Roux and the first reserve group by Atka. Both groups were Witdorper carcasses.
Regina Harmse’s name is frequently seen in the carcass competition top results. She entered both the champion and 1st reserve in the category for European genetics. Her Ile de France carcasses scored 93,34 and 92,19.
Triple digits for lamb carcass
The winning lamb carcass, an Ile de France X Witdorper from Gert Lotter, was bought by The Oyster Box restaurant for R1 500/kg. A great price, but sadly it does not beat the all-time record price of R3 000/kg.
Wagyu SA makes history
Wagyu South Africa participated in the carcass auction for the first time in 2019. The Wagyu carcass on auction, with a marbling score of six, sold for R160 000 (R410/kg). Waygu South Africa will be donating 10% of the turnover to the National Animal Health Forum (AHF) in support of eradicating foot-and-mouth disease. – Michelle Verster, AgriOrbit