New Zealand’s top tasting steak has been announced at the 2018 PGG Wrightson Steak of Origin Grand Final. The title went to Colleen and Jon Knauf of Wairoa with a Simmental which was entered into the Best of Breed - European Class.

Colleen Knauf - PGG Wrightson Steak of Origin 2018 Grand Champion.JPG

This award-winning steak was produced just north of Wairoa on the boundary of Hawkes Bay and Gisborne by the mother and son team – Colleen and Jon – who were understandably delighted with the win.

“This is the pinnacle of our breeding – it’s why we breed, to get this shield and the recognition for our work. For Simmental – a European breed – to win when Angus and other breeds have done so well in the past is fantastic,” said Colleen.

“My son Jon – who was unable to attend today due to a road slip – deserves a lot of credit for this, he’s really good with his stock. Using science, stockmanship and Simmental is what has done the trick.”

The annual competition is open to all New Zealand beef farmers, retailers, wholesalers and foodservice suppliers. Now in its 16th year, the PGG Wrightson Steak of Origin is the pinnacle for beef producers in New Zealand, celebrating a product that is internationally renowned for its quality.

Brooke Campbell