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TAS Country : March 17th 2011
24 Tasmanian Country Friday, March 18, 2011 CHAROLAIS • RED ANGUS • COMPOSITE E: firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: 6393 1330/0409 176 228 Heath Dobson Ph: 0418 134 540 Denis Dobson BULLS FOR SALE AGFEST 5th, 6th, 7th MAY 2011 Simmental Charolais Cattle sale special features Sheffield stud seeks top IN THE early 1990s the Goss Family at Sheffield changed to using Simmen- tal bulls as terminal sires. They found the first- cross Simmental calves were on average 50kg heavier than their British- bred counterparts at nine to 10 months of age. In 2000, Aleasha Goss established the Mountain Air Simmental Stud. In recent years, Moun- tain Air Simmentals have been concentrating on incorporating South Af- rican bloodlines into its purebred program. The stud believes these genetics offer real advan- tages and produce moder- ate framed, easy doing cat- tle which carry a little extra fat and are wrapped up in a slick coat with a quiet disposition. The stud purchased two females from the well- known Woonallee Sim- mental Stud in South Aust- ralia at its annual sale on February 10. Mountain Air Simmen- tals secured an in-calf fe- male and a 10-month-old heifer. Both females contain South African content and were selected for their moderate frame and over- all capacity. On the commercial front, the Goss Family sold its annual drop of Simmental cross milk Hybrid vigour builds profit MAXIMISED: Pine Park Charolais sired calves at five months. WHATatimetobein cattle and what better way to make the most of these prices than with maximis- ing your kilograms of meat produced per hectare. ''The best way to do this is to increase the hybrid vigour in your calves through using a Pine Park Charolais bull,'' say Heath and Samantha Dobson. ''Charolais bulls are one of the most affordable beef sires on the market,'' they say. ''Growers are consist- ently getting similar if not the same price for trade steers and heifers. ''We have Tasmanian finishers and mainland feed lotters ready to pur- chase Charolais cross calves. ''These calves are highly sought after and predomin- antly purchased on farm rather than through the saleyards because fin- ishers have confidence in purchasing Charolais cross calves as they know they will perform on grass or grain and most importantly, be- cause of the hybrid vig- our they will reach their target weights quicker and more cost effectively than straight British bred calves. ''Breeding cattle to suit market conditions is para- mount and Pine Park Charolais is doing just this. ''Our bulls are moderate framed, soft, early matur- ing bulls ideal for joining with British bred cows and meeting the MSA specifi- cations now required. ''This was proven at the 2010 Circular Head Carcass Competition where Charo- lais sired cattle placed first in all categories and was awarded champion on both the hoof and hook competitions in the led and unled commercial cattle sections. ''Steers from Pine Park placed first, second and third on the hook all scor- ing over 90 points on the MSA grading system.'' Pine Park Charolais will offer two elite Charolais sires at this year's Agfest Bull Sale. The bulls were typical of what buyers had come to expect from Pine Park, soft, smooth shouldered, moderate framed, structur- ally correct and well mus- cled to produce calves that suit Tasmanian and south- ern Australian markets, fit MSA specifications and most importantly improve profitability on a kg/ha basis. Pine Park will also offer two Charbeef bulls (Charo- lais x Murray Grey). ''Our composite bull program has been success- ful since its inception with complete clearance of bulls offered for sale each year and these are being sold to King and Flinders Is and Tasmania,'' the Dobsons said. ''The bulls are going into British bred cow herds. ''Pine Park Charolais has more than 35 years Charolais breeding experi- ence and we welcome the opportunity to show sale bulls, Charbeef bulls, fe- male lines or even cross bred calves. ''We hope to see you at Agfest, and for any inquir- ies or for a copy of our sale catalogue please contact Denis on 0418 134 540, Heath 0409 176 228, Roberts stud stock agent Tim Woodham 0418 323 425, or email pineparkcharola- email@example.com Breed value research drives Charolais profit PROFIT: Charolais Angus cross weaners ina Victorian feedlot.l THE Charolais Society and Meat and Livestock Aust- ralia are engaged in a project to measure the gen- etic potential of 10 Charo- lais sires over 600 Angus cows. The Victorian based project has been under way since 2009 and aims to collect and validate infor- mation on the breeding and meat quality traits that are used in Breedplan -- the program used to predict Estimated Breed- ing Values (EBVs) for each of the commercially im- portant animal and car- case traits. EBVs are commonly shown in stud sales cata- logues and are extremely useful indices for driving breeding programs. The fertility EBVs include scro- tal size, gestation length and calving ease while the meat quality EBVs include eye muscle area, fat depth, retail beef yield and in- tramuscular fat. The Charolais breed is renowned for high growth rates and retail meat yield. British breeds are cros- sed with Charolais sires to give hybrid vigour. This interaction of genetics pro- duces a fast growing ani- mal with high quality meat characteristics. The sires were selected for the project on the basis of their current EBVs to test a range of Charolais sire types. The list includes high performing international sires from the US and UK. Several sires from other breeds have been included to provide links to three other projects that are un- der way throughout Aust- ralia. These links will enable Breedplan to predict mul- tibreed EBVs. The project will supply the industry with valuable data from progeny raised on five farms. Data on birth and weaning weights has been collected in ad- dition to crush scores and flight times. Flight time is the speed at which an animal exits the crush over a set distance and it has been associated with stress. High stress levels have a negative impact on meat quality. Meat tenderness is a very important trait for consumers and the results of the project may help to predict the tenderness of meat for different genetic lines. A selection of the animals will be grass fed to target domestic carcase weights and a second group will be consigned to a feedlot to measure their performance ina100day finishing sys- tem. A DNA sample was collected from the tail hair of the weaners to assist in the development of genomic markers for the Charolais breed. Genetic marker tech- nology will greatly in- crease the industry's ca- pacity to make genetic gains through the selection of high performing sires. Summary data on the weaners by sire will be available from the Charo- lais Society's website shortly (charolais.com.au). A second project on Charolais sires and Brah- man cows is now under way in Queensland. See the Charolais website for details. Commercial A profitable combination. Cross into profit with Angus females and high performance Charolais bulls. The combined genetics result in the single most important trait in your business - profit! To find out more contact Tasmanian Region Chairperson Heath Dobson on 03 6393 1330 or visit www.charolais.com.au Charolais Society of Australia Ltd • T 02 6771 1666 • F 02 6771 1561 • E firstname.lastname@example.org
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