By Confidente Reporter
CHRISTI Grobbelaar was crowned as the first winner in the “on the hoof ” category at Agra’s slaughter ox competition for 2018, recently in Gobabis, Omaheke region.
This year marks the third slaughter ox competition that is hosted by Agra Auctions since the competition’s inception in 2016. It is however the first time that the competition is expanded to Gobabis.
Agra’s agent at Gobabis, MC Human located 34 high quality oxen to enter into the competition. The event, according to Agra’s marketing and communication department, was very well attended.
The competition moved to Nina on 20 June, and will proceed to Otjiwarongo on 26 June, to Aub on 4 July and to Windhoek on 17 July, where more winners will be crowned. Overall winners will only be crowned at the end of the competition, after the oxen has also been judged on their carcass qualities.
To participate in the competition, each producer must enter two animals to be judged on their hooves and carcasses.
For “on the hoof ” category, key aspects for judging criteria comprises of cattle age, fatness, masculinity, temperament and good farming practices such as branding, dehorning, etc, which constitutes 40 percent of the total points. On the carcass, the cattle will compete on the quality of meat, which constitutes 60 percent of the total points.
The competition forms part of the initiative to provide ox producers with a platform to compete in an organised competition and compare the quality of their animals to those of other producers, similar to the Agra weaner competition.
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