High Steaks at Darling Downs Beef Battle 2023


The steaks were high last night at the 6th running of Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprises’ (TSBE) Darling Downs Beef Battle.


Nine of our region’s best beef brands, Australian Country Choice, Grove Shorthorns, JBS, John Dee, Mort & Co, NH Foods, Rangers Valley, Stanbroke and Stockyard, went head-to-head, showcasing their brand and superb product to over 500 attendees.


For the first time, there were two categories awarded, where the Darling Downs Beef Battle was scrutinised by a judging panel of international chefs, and People’s Choice was decided by our biggest crowd yet – 500 beef fanatics!


Taking out the top gong, winner of the 2023 Darling Downs Beef Battle, Stockyard. The winner of 2023 Darling Downs Beef Battle People’s Choice, Stanbroke.


TSBE CEO Greg Bowden said this competition is a fantastic celebration of Darling Downs Beef and a wonderful opportunity for industry to gather and acknowledge our leading grain fed brands.


“This event propels our producer’s hard work beyond their gates placing it on the map, and on the plates, of national and international buyers, acclaimed culinary authorities and red meat enthusiasts.”


With sustainability a key consideration, Equipoised have been employed to make this year’s event carbon neutral. Thomas Key said extensive rigour has been applied to the pre and post event model of the expected carbon emissions across the event.

The cooking was overseen by Meat and Livestock Australia Business Manager and Corporate Executive Chef Samuel Burke.


Darling Downs Beef Battle Facts:

  • 540kg of premium sirloin served on the night
  • With a worth of approximately $30,000 
  • The Darling Downs is home to Australia’s best steak and is responsible for 65% of grain-fed beef consumed in Australia
  • Darling Downs cattle production and meat processing sector is worth more than $1 billion p.a to the local economy