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Perup claims best beef prize
Pic: Tom Edwards Gavin and Raelene Muir

Perup cattle farmers Gavin and Raelene Muir scooped the top award at Beef Australia in Rockhampton earlier this month.

Not only did they win Overall Champion Carcass, their Red Angus milk calves also grabbed first and second prize in the 180kg to 260kg Pasture Fed class.

Mr Muir said he was over the moon with the success.

‘‘It’s an awesome achievement because the competition had 336 cattle entered from all over the country so to come away with not only first and second in our class but also the best overall carcass was amazing,’’ Mr Muir said.

‘‘Beef Australia is cream of the crop in the national industry. There are so many farmers and cattle there the atmosphere is electric. After word got around that we’d won lots of people were coming up and congratulating us.

‘‘It only happens every three years and I’d never been before but I wouldn’t miss it for the world now. I guess we’ll have to enter next time — after all we’ve got to defend our title.’’

Mr Muir has been a cattle farmer for 52 years and operates Wyndarra Red Angus with his wife, Raelene, about 35km outside of Manjimup.

The couple’s winning calves were slaughtered at Dardanup Butchering Company in February and judged by a Beef Australia judge who travelled down from Perth to inspect the prime cut of meat.

‘‘My feet didn’t touch the ground for the first few days after we got back from Rockhampton,’’ Mrs Muir said.

‘‘To win against such outstanding quality was fantastic. It’s validation for us and the Red Angus breed in general.’’