Wingham Beef Week organisers weren't going to let hard working cattle producers go without a bit of competition in 2020.
With the annual event cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a carcase competition was held in its place.
Organisers were thrilled with 132 online entries across the lightweight, light middleweight, heavy middleweight and heavyweight classes.
Judging took place at Wingham abattoirs where the heavyweight steers dominated the sought after ribbons.
The heavyweight and grand champion carcase award went to a Grey Angus, bred and exhibited by Wallawong Premium Beef in Gunnedah.
It weighed 322 kilograms and was awarded 95.97 points. This was considered one of the highest Meat Standards Australia (MSA) based carcase scores across Australia.
Another Wallawong steer was awarded the reserve grand champion ribbon.
Gloucester High School, Chatham High School and Taree High School had entries in this competition.
The Wallawong sired entries took out the champion and reserve champion pen of two carcases awards.
Mid North Coast schools dominated the next two classes. St Pauls Kempsey won class one lightweight while Chatham High School took out class two light middleweight with 92.057 points.
With the high score, Chatham High was also awarded the Adelle Rule Perpetual Trophy for champion school carcase.
Wingham High School placed second and fourth in this class.
Quirindi High School won class three heavy middleweight. Wingham High School's best result was second. Gloucester High School, Chatham High School and Taree High School also enter cattle in this class.
Ten schools competed in the Speckle Park School Steer Challenge, including Taree High School. Tamworth High School walked away winners.
Not scheduled before the event, an award organised by the Murray Grey Beef Society recognised the most successful school. Organisers allocated points for each placing the schools received.
The award won't be travelling far with Wingham High School's two seconds and fourth place enough to take the win.
A steer raffle was held to raise funds for the Rural Fire Service. More than $2800 was allocated to local units.
Many competitors will now focus on the Upper Hunter Beef Bonanza, scheduled for October. This could change or be altered due to the COVID-19 pandemic.