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TAS Country : September 1st 2011
20 Tasmanian Country Friday, September 2, 2011 Special Feature Angus Spring Sales 2034180-110805 Monday 5th September 2011 at 2.30 pm Viewing from 12.30 pm Lunch and refreshments provided Dimity Hirst Ph: 0408 506 103 Roberts . . . Tim Woodham Ph: 0418 323 425 Elders . . . Greg Harris Ph: 0409 799 960 Entally Forest Cnr Illawarra Road & Bass Highway, Longford (Entry from Illawarra Road) 2ND ANNUAL BULL SALE ANGUS BULLS PADDOCK SALES Good Selection of 2 year old bulls • Jock Hughes • 0417 013 172 • Peter Hughes 6391 1167 • 0429 176 646 678 PATEENA ROAD, LONGFORD 2012773-110902 2008334-110902 "Buying Better Bulls Full Day Workshop" conducted by Southern Beef Technology Services Friday 21st October 2011 At Woodbourn, Cressy Tas Hosted by Woodbourn in conjunction with the Tasmanian Angus Group and the Tasmanian Murray Grey Group. Supported by Elders, Greenham Tasmania, NAB Agribusiness, Pfizer and Roberts Ltd Enquiries and RSVP: Janet Wallace 03 6397 6285 ROSEDALE ANGUS spring bull sale 2.00pm Wednesday 21 Sept 34 Bulls rising 2 years at Rosedale, Campbell Town Further details please contact Ferdie Foster 0408 235 565 Email email@example.com 001639-prop Fertility drives beef herd productivity GOOD MANAGEMENT: Landfall Angus yearling heifers ready for joining FERTILITY ranks among- st the highest factors con- tributing to herd pro- ductivity and profitability. If on-farm performance can be maximised it will have a major positive im- pact on the profitability and sustainability of the herd, says Frank Archer, co-owner of Landfall An- gus. Here is his brief guide on beef heifer and cow man- agement. The function of the breeding female: Wean a live calf in equal to or less than 365 days; aim to re- conceive early in the breeding season; maximise calf weaning weight and remain productive in the herd over a long period of time. Heifers Good management of heifers is critical for their long-term productivity. By carefully focusing on heifers during their development stage and achieving the benchmarks set, you will be rewarded with breeding females that remain productive in the herd over a long period of time. Weaning to joining (6-15 months) Continued growth aiming for critical joining weight of 300kg plus; Aim to limit the number of heifers under 300kg at joining; Growth rate needed can be calculated based on the weaning weight; Join heifers for a maximum of six weeks. Pregnancy 1st and 2nd trimester (15-21 months) Provide good nutrition to ensure skeletal growth; Heifers should be in body condition scores of 3-4.Pregnancy 3rd trimester (21-24 months) Restrict nutrition to a maintenance level to prevent excessive foetal growth; Aim to avoid heifers losing body condition to ensure they calve in forward condition (this can be difficult to achieve as there is a fine line between over feeding and under feeding). Post calving (24-27 months) Provide good nutrition to enable the heifer to reconceive. In summary, you must ensure heifers reach their critical joining weight; join heifers for a maximum of six weeks; minimise culling of heifers until after pregnancy testing and minimise dystocia (calving difficulty) First calvers have increased energy demands and require an increased level of feeding. Cows A significant investment has been made in our young breeding females, therefore we need to aim to maximise the number of years that cows remain in the herd and calves that our cows return us over their lifetime. Once breeding heifers have reconceived with their second calf and they enter the cow herd it is critical to manage them correctly to ensure they are retained for a long period of time. Here is some tips to help increase the productive life a breeding cow: The ability of a cow to re-conceive post calving is dependent on body condition at calving; nutrition post calving and the number of days post calving; Aim to maximise all of these where possible; Cull strictly for an empty pregnancy test or failure to wean a calf; Where possible cull for udder attachment; temperament, foot and leg structure and continual weaning of light calves. Benchmarks Join heifers for six weeks, aiming for greater than 80 per cent conception rate; Join cows for eight weeks, aiming for greater than 90 per cent conception rate; Aim for greater than 65 per cent of calves to be born in the first three weeks of calving. If the above benchmarks can be achieved some of the advantages that will be experienced include easier management as it condenses calving and calf marking; better pasture utilisation; and more even groups of progeny to market. There will also be a higher lifetime production from cows; increased herd productivity, profitability and sustainability. Genetics play a key role at Rosedale ROSEDALE Angus are not only well known through- out Tasmania but also by many commercial breeders on the mainland. ''At Rosedale we are con- tinuing to select and breed cattle with growth, thick- ness, structural soundness and good meat quality with high marbling ensuring good taste and flavour,'' owner Ferdie Foster said. ''Both the feedlots and processors seek cattle with Rosedale blood lines. ''The Rosedale breeding program is backed by ar- guably the best female herd in the state. ''This female herd strength comes from over 60 years of continuous selection for the commer- cial traits of structural soundness and fertility along with the carcase traits. ''Over the years, genetics from the majority of the influential Angus sires im- ported from North America have been intro- duced but with careful selection to maintain a consistency of type and performance. ''As Rosedale has never untaken an embryo program we have one of the widest genetic bases to be found in any Angus cow herd. ''This has created the opportunity to utilise the best of our own bred bulls without line or inbreeding and supplementing them on a regular basis with the best Australian-bred gen- etics we can find. ''The 34 bulls to be of- fered in our spring sale will have an average weight of 700kg and an average age of 22 months. ''They are typical Ro- sedale bulls showing excel- lent growth with thickness and have that extra advan- tage of coming from the harder drier Midlands, en- abling prospective buyers to select with surety of 'doing' in their area.'' The Rosedale Angus spring bull sale will be held on the property at Ro- sedale, Campbell Town, at 2pm on Wednesday, Sep- tember 21.
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