Yarli Pastoral's Rhys Fischer puts his success in the 2021-2022 Southern Grassfed Carcase Classic down to a strict rotational grazing system with mobs shifted at least every 10 days.
"They have always got grass in front of them, they never really stall," he said.
"We are moving them every five to seven days in winter and 7-10 days in summer, with some of the bigger paddocks a bit longer."
The Meningie based Angus breeder won the highest aggregate score for the team of 10 (910.87 points) and team of three animals with an aggregate score of 277.43 points.
One of the carcases in the two truck loads Mr Fischer delivered to Teys Naracoorte for the competition also had the highest MSA Eating Quality Index with a score of 69.02 points.
This is believed to be the highest in the competition's 14 year history.
Yarli Pastoral's success follows its win in the state MSA Excellence in Eating Quality awards in March at Robe which benchmarks all MSA accredited producers who sold cattle in 2019-2021.
Over the two year period Mr Fischer sold 980 head which had a MSA compliance of 94.5 per cent and average MSA index of 63.62.
He says his aim is to maximise the value of each animal turning them off at heavier weights rather than running more cows which requires more bulls and more calf marking.
"I like producing big fat cattle but because I don't have irrigation there are cut off dates where if it hasn't rained they need to go," he said.
"Last year was a good season so we could push cattle on but it was almost borderline, we could of sold them as feeder weights for $100 less three months earlier but we had a tremendous September and October rains and had feed coming out of our ears.
He said they were still in front keeping them longer.
"The hard work had been done, what is another one or two mobs taking half an hour a week to move," he said.
In 2013 when Mr Fischer bought out his parents he crunched the numbers and decided to prioritise pasture renovation of the veldt and native grasses and sowing lucerne, over buying the "best bulls".
He is pleased this decision is paying off.
Yarli Pastoral's herd has grown to 900 Angus breeders which are run over two properties at Meningie and Field, some autumn and winter/spring calving.
And although he doesn't pay top dollar from studs he says he still gets high quality yearling bulls bred by commercial breeder Adam Merry, Merryvale, Woods Well.
"They are AI-bred genetics from an A grade herd even though it is not a registered herd," Mr Fischer said.
Progeny from Yarli Pastoral's autumn calvers are sold as vealers at 11 months of age, mainly to Woolworths, as it is hard to carry them through summer in their sandy country.
The spring born calves are grown to heavier weights and sold into Teys Grasslands program.
"The spring calvers (June-July and September-October calving) we start weaning them at 11 months of age and get them through winter oversowing a bit of barley into lucerne and lock up the cows and dry lot them.
"Over winter we can put on about an extra $500-$600, that is probably on the old value rather than now prices."
The tops of June calves reach turn off weights of 280-320kg carcase weight on hooks from September the following year and further drafts are sold until January.
"We sell to Teys Naracoorte because it is close, two to 2.5 hours away and since TFI has burnt down we have developed a good relationship with Dave (Teys Naracoorte livestock manager David Woolard)," he said.
Runner-up in the team of ten was ER&GF Flint, Kingston SE, with Shorthorn steers.
The Hurst family, Lake Hawdon Proprietors, Robe, were second in the team of three with a consignment of Angus-Shorthorn steers.
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