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The couple have been awarded the Alan Dodd Trophy for the overall champion in the annual Otago Southland beef carcass competition, which attracted 38 entries.
The competition was held last week at Alliance Group's Mataura beef plant. Live judging was done by Mark Cuttance and Greg Clearwater, from PGG Wrightson, who placed the entries in their respective weight groups.
Their champion was a Limousin steer from Tim Grant, of Milton, who was the recipient of the Doug Lindsay Trophy, while the reserve champion was a Limousin heifer from Clark Scott and Judy Miller, of Tapanui.
Mr Cuttance described judging as extremely difficult, due to the number of quality entries, possibly the best he had seen during his involvement in the competition.
Carcass judging was then done by senior staff from the Mataura plant. Points awarded for various factors, including eye muscle area, fat cover, pH, muscle and dentition.
Mr and Mrs Johnstone, who own the Glencairn Limousin stud, have enjoyed previous success in the competition. Stuart and Cheryl Clearwater, from Lumsden, won overall reserve champion.
Convener Barry Gray said the entries looked ''exceptional'' on the hoof.
Class 1 (220.1kg-270kg): Geoff Edgar (Outram) Limousin heifer 1, Colin and Jennifer Phillips (Tuatapere) Limousin heifer 2, Tim and Katy Button (Balclutha) Speckle Park steer 3.
Class 2 (271kg-320kg): Clark Scott and Judy Miller (Tapanui) Limousin heifer 1, Rob and Jean Johnstone (Outram) Limousin steer 2, Mike Thompson (Gore) Limousin steer 3.
Class 3 (321kg and over): Tim Grant (Milton) Limousin steer 1, Evan Ferris (Waikaia) Limousin steer 2, Geoff Edgar, Limousin steer 3.
Class 1: Lindsay and Jo Bowmar (Wyndham) 1, Barry and Liz Gray (Owaka) 2 and 3.
Class 2: Rob and Jean Johnstone 1, Geoff Edgar 2 and 3.
Class 3: Stuart and Cheryl Clearwater (Lumsden) 1, Geoff Edgar 2 and 3.
Best native bred: Barry and Liz Gray, Murray Grey cross Maine Anjou 1, Reaby Downs (Gore) Hereford cross Charolais 2 and 3.
Most valuable animal: Geoff Edgar.
Best new entrant: Dean and Sandra Willis (Milton).