Top prize for Cooks’ cattle at Gin Gin
KNOWING where the piece of meat you're about to eat has come from is part of the reason why Rob and Sarah Cook opened their butcher shop Tender Sprouted Meats.
Now the proof is in the pudding - or in this case the steak - as one of their steers has taken out grand champion in the Gin Gin prime cattle exhibit.
Mr Cook said the prime cattle exhibit at the Gin Gin Show is always highly contested as it is one of the best competitions in south-east Queensland and a great way to showcase quality cattle.
"Winning this award is recognition for the effort we put into breeding the best possible beef for our butcher shop, which gives our customers 'more bang for your buck'.
"It's the best of the best," he said.
"This particular animal is the perfect example of what we are breeding and selling at the butcher shop. To get this sort of recommendation is outstanding."
He said in the larger city shows, such as the Brisbane Ekka, the cattle were judged and the grand champions carcass would often be sold off to the highest bidding butcher shop.
Which is just another benefit of owning both a cattle property and a butchers as Mr Cook proposes to sell off the meat from the grand champion steer locally at Tender Sprouted Meats.
He said the 12-month-old bovine was a well-rounded yearling with a huge eye muscle area, good fat coverage and a soft looking finish and knowing the breakdown of genetics meant he was highly elite.
"We focus on the genetics of our cattle to give us the best possible edge in breeding specific grass-fed animals for our butcher shop, with an outstanding eating experience," Mr Cook said.
"There will be a lot of tender meat with that same unique flavour from our sprouted beef that Bundaberg has come to know and love ."
Mr Cook said the steer would be ready to go to the shop in a couple of weeks and if anyone was interested in purchasing a side or quarter of this particular award-winning beef to get in touch with Tender Sprouted Meats on Facebook.