Beef farmer reaps rewards of champion steer

A beef farmer has walked away from a livestock show with nearly 4,000 after his prime steer impressed judges and vendors alike.

Bernard Price of Hay-on-Eye received over 10/kg for his beast after it was awarded the champion prize at last weekends English Winter Fair livestock showcase in Stafford.

The Limousin-sired steer came in at 380kg deadweight and was applauded by carcase judge, the Nottinghamshire-based butcher Robert Bowring, for its tremendous eye muscle. When quartered it (the eye muscle) was just incredible, said Bowring.

Price won 1,500 in the annual competition, which is sponsored by beef processing group ABP, and won a further 1,000 because the steer was home-bred, and a 200 Class prize.

The farmers pocket was bolstered even further when competing buyers pushed the carcase sale price to 1,592.39 in the English Winter Fairs traditional auction, with Bowring eventually
securing it for his six independent retail outlets.

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