The South Eastern Times : January 17th 2017
Strong industry demand for Shorthorn FOR SHORTHORN breeders, 2016 has seen the breed take another tremendous leap forward, driven by demand from all sectors of the industry including the high end food service sector. Despite the tough start to the 2016 season in southern Australia, the year has finished with one of the best spring seasons in recent years for southern beef producers. For Shorthorn breeders though, there is more than just record cattle prices to be excited about. Shorthorn bull sales in 2016 saw the breed again dominate British breed sale averages by more than $1000 in front of the next best breed. In fact, since 2014 the value of Shorthorn bulls sold at auction has risen by 55 percent while volumes of Shorthorn bulls have also increased by 29 percent, making Shorthorns one of the fastest growing British breeds in Australia. Demand for the breed has been growing rapidly, driven by the breed’s performance in the market. Shorthorn Beef Business and Promotions Manager Graham Winnell said that there are currently a lot of factors fuelling demand for Shorthorns. “Shorthorns have become the first British breed in decades to achieve price parity with the Angus breed into the lucrative feeder cattle market, driven by the success of the JBS Australia Thousand Guineas Shorthorn branded beef program,” Mr Winnell said. “Shorthorns now enjoy access into every major Australian market, and there really is no restriction when selling quality Shorthorn cattle,” he said. This is also flowing onto demand for quality Shorthorn breeding females. “We just can’t keep up with demand,” Mr Winnell said. “Quality cows and calves are consistently making top prices across Australia, but we have more demand than we can meet from commercial breeders, who see the Shorthorn breed as offering a real point of difference in their breeding programs,” Mr Winnell said. 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Sponsors include Elders, Richard Ray Insurance, Wannon Farm Machinery, The Barn Palais, ANZ Bank, Gambier Vets, PGG Wrighton’s Seeds, Graeme Connor Nationwide AB Beef and Dairy, Tru-Test, Meningie Fodder and Hancock Ag Contractors, with most of them having sites on the day to provide information ranging from nutrition through to finance. There will also be a competition to “guess the weight of the bull”, with winners receiving a dinner for two at The Barn Palais. The winner will be drawn at the end of the day at 5.30pm. Everyone is welcome to come and meet the breeders and select the best stud animals to complement their herd, whether it is beef or dairy. 26 - The Border Watch Beef Focus 2017 offering car-like features. Although it’s tough on the outside, it’s still comfortable inside. The 3.0 litre, four cylinder direct injection SCR diesel engine has Variable Geometry Turbo (125kW / 400Nm). Six-speed synchromesh manual transmission. 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New Zealand genetics feature strongly in the catalogue, with many of the bulls having NZ genetics on both sides of their pedigrees, providing a robust, sound and deep bodied line of bulls. The foundation of any quality beef herd is its females and after finishing in the top 10 in 2014 and 2015, Boonaroo was honoured to be judged the winners of the 2016 RASV Victorian and Southern NSW Beef Week heifer challenge. Winning such an esteemed award gives Boonaroo great confidence in their breeding objectives and they are happy to say the champion heifers have all calved down and are enjoying the best spring in recent memory. Boonaroo sale bulls are well grown spring drop bulls with weights from 600-850kg by sale day. The 90 bulls catalogued are a mixture of high growth bulls by Prime Juggernaut, Anvil GPS J6 and Merchiston Generate (a pure NZ sire). • Lot 2, HCA L50 feature bull in the 2017 sale. They also present a strong line of “curve benders”. These bulls, although highly suitable for heifer joining, still carry the frame, carcass, growth and outstanding maternal traits that guarantee these sires to be quality bulls to be used over your cows once their physical size sees them no longer suitable for heifer joinings. Three of the stud’s homebred sires, Boonaroo Federation F49, Gravity G013 and Gain G020, have all consistently produced calves with these qualities. Federation and Gravity are both in the Angus Benchmarking program and are proving their incredible genetic predictability across many herds. All sale bulls are structurally assessed, fertility tested and guaranteed for three years on a pro rata basis. All Boonaroo bulls are vaccinated in the Zoetis Star program and are free of all known reproductive diseases. Join them for their field days on Tuesday, January 31 at Clifton, Hamilton; on Tuesday, February 7 at Boonaroo, Casterton; and their sale on Friday, February 17 at a new time of 11.00am with inspections from 9.00am at Boonaroo, 137 Fosters Lane, Casterton.
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