The country’s best steaks for 2009 were discovered this week at the annual Meat & Wool New Zealand Steak of Origin challenge.

Steak of Origin judges Colin Meads, the Hon David Carter and chef Graham Hawkes chose Catherine Withers from Rotorua as Grand Champion with her Piedmontese/Friesian X sirloin steak processed at AgResearch Ruakura in Hamilton.
The Supreme Brand Award went to Lake Farm Beef in Cambridge with a Piedmontese X from the farm of Don Buchanan in Taumarunui.

Sponsored by PGG Wrightson and Pfizer Animal Genetics, this seventh Steak of Origin challenge saw the Grand Champion take home $6500 in cash, the Steak of Origin trophy and the original beef carcass competition shield, which was used from 1949 to 1999 before the inception of the Steak of Origin challenge.
Full results of the Challenge are as follows:

CLASS 1: BEST OF EUROPEAN BREED

1st and 2nd: Peter McWilliam, Masterton (Simmental)

3rd: Don Buchanan, Taumarunui (Piedmontese)

4th: Peter Maxwell, Auckland (Simmental)
CLASS 2: BEST OF BRITISH BREED

1st: John Morrison, Marton (Ezicalve Hereford)

2nd: Chris & Karren Biddles, Te Kopuru (Angus)

3rd and 4th: Rob & Mary Ann Burrows, Culverden (Poll Hereford)

CLASS 3: BEST OF CROSSBREED

1st: Catherine Withers, Rotorua (Piedmontese/Friesian)

2nd: Kevin McConnell, Whangarei (South Devon/Angus)

3rd: Chris & Karren Biddles, Te Kopuru (Angus/Jersey)

4th: John Morrison, Marton (Ezicalve Hereford/Kiwi)

CLASS 4: BEST OF BRAND (RETAIL)

1st: Lake Farm Beef, Cambridge (Piedmontese X)

2nd: Neat Meat, Auckland (AngusPure)

3rd: Freshzone Foodtown/Woolworths/Countdown (Te Mania Certified Premium Angus)

4th: Freshzone Foodtown/Countdown (Te Mania Certified Premium Angus)

CLASS 5: BEST OF BRAND (WHOLESALE AND FOODSERVICE)

1st and 3rd: Neat Meat, Auckland (AngusPure)

2nd: Harris Meats, Cheviot (Angus X)

4th: Progressive Foodmore, Auckland (Te Mania Certified Premium Angus)

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