EDDIE Wales knows what a nice piece of meat looks like.
Mr Wales is one of the cattle producers who supplies bazadais beef to three butcher shops in Mackay and Walkerston and has felt the sizzle of success again at the recent Callide Dawson and Gympie carcase competition.
The competition now in its 25th year is one of the best carcase and beef competitions on the eastern seaboard.
It is the fourth year in a row that the bazadais breed has been winners, which puts a smile on local breeder John McFarlane of Greenmount, who developed the cross breeding program with bazadais back in 2000.
"This led to Walkerston Meats being the first butcher shop outside of France to have bazadais meat on the shelves.
"Since then Slade Point Meats and Fourways Butchery also have the specialist meat," Mr McFarlane said.
He said he was extremely happy to see the end results of their trials using the bazadais over many different breeds and to see clients enjoying the success that they have now achieved.
Mr Wales' ribbons are on display at Walkerston Meats. Formally of Ida Creek Station at Bowen, Mr Wales and his wife live in Biloela and took out grand champion carcase; champion grain-fed steer carcase, reserve champion grain-fed steer carcase and most successful exhibitor. They also took first place for their single grain-fed heifer; first place for their single grain-fed steer and another first place for their pen of grain-fed steers.
Other winners at the competition was Keith and Bev Lacey of Clermont and Capella.
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