Culling for fertility is beneficial but is not the most effective measure to increasing a herds fertility. Fertility is much more than just culling females not in calf. There is little gain over time if you don’t select for fertility as opposed to just culling for it. Fertility, as you know, is influenced by many different […]
Polledness, or the absence of horns, is an important trait being actively selected for within many beef breeding programs across Australia. Unlike many traits of importance to beef producers, polledness is a qualitative trait controlled entirely by genetics, with non-genetic factors having no influence on the polled status of an animal. Animals can either be […]
We are facing new challenges in the cattle industry, with higher production costs and inconsistent seasons. The industry tends to change the environment to suit production but we believe in working with the environment and allowing it to predict many facets of our operation. We have always believed that the environment will make your female […]
Beef cattle breeding is about profit, just like any other busi- ness. Our job as seedstock producers is to constantly achieve a profitable bottom line for our clients. Our breeding philoso- phy is simplistic – fertility and weight for age – the two biggest profit drivers. The more things you try to select for, the […]
Our job as seedstock producers is to constantly achieve a profitable bottom line for our clients. Our breeding philosophy is simplistic – fertility and weight for age – the two biggest profit drivers. In last years newsletter we spoke about the profitability of fertility, increasing live calf percentages and the ‘cow factory’. This year we […]
Mismanagement through over or under feeding during the critical phases of pregnancy can adversely affect lifetime productivity. Energy intake beyond needs for structural and muscular growth in heifers may cause dystocia as will heifers that have their energy intake restricted suffer with dystocia due to smaller frame size, reducing pelvic area and reduced energy levels […]
A Selection Index is effectively a single unit value predicting a breeding animal’s profitability for a defined commercial production system and market end-point. They are based on weightings on specific EBV traits deemed important for that production system. Ranking animals on their Selection Index value sorts them based on their progeny’s expected profitabil- ity for the […]
By Dr Christine Jones Organic carbon is the basic building block for all life on – and in – the earth. We cannot live without it. Neither can our soils. Historical Loses of Soil & Soil Carbon In little over 200 years of European settlement, more than 70 percent of Australian agricultural land has become […]
As owners of animals involved in the CRC and MLA 3000 young animals project we will be among the first in Australia to receive the new genomic breeding values. In February 2012 we submitted 53 DNA samples from this years sale bulls. The project invited beef breed societies and breeders to participate in the genotyping […]
Why do people get excited about getting the extra .10 cent premium that comes with owning a black coat? Does this .10 cents actually mean more money in the pocket? The answer relies on weight for age. The simple truth is we get paid for weight, more weight, quickly, will mean more profit. The example […]
Select for fertility, don’t just cull for fertility! Culling for fertility is beneficial but is not the most...
“We are very pleased with the type of cattle we are producing. They are productive, feminine females that are producing steers that are performing well both for us on grass and in feedlots. “
Keith & Karena HigginsPatanga Pastoral Co, Avenue Range, SA.
“The Yamburgan bulls are producing good progeny in the harsh buffel country and yet they retain a softness and do-ability with tremendous muscle – they are just getting better and better every year.”
John & Stuart BrownlieDeepwater Farming, Meandarra, Qld.
“Our breeding program has now become a closed Yamburgan blood herd. John is a cattleman first and he breeds seedstock directly suitable for our commercial production requirements.”
Butch & Tory DavidsonMemagong Pastoral Co, Young, NSW.
“Yamburgan cattle are cattle that com- bine performance and docility and are sought after by both lot feeders and grass finishers who consistently comment on the high percentage of the cattle that meet the highest specifications.”
Mike NewtonKingston SE, SA.
“We have used well over a dozen Yamburgan bulls in the last 10 years and have been very happy with the growth and fertility of the progeny.”
Anthony GrillsWalcha, NSW.
“Having purchased our first Yamburgan bull 18 years ago we have continually seen an improvement in the females retained and the yeild in our steers.”
Lew LamphCarinda, NSW.