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TAS Country : February 23rd 2012
Larger sires provide attractive attributes LONDAVRA Angus Stud will hold their 18th annual sale on Thursday, March 1, at Londavra, St Marys. After breeding Angus at Londav- ra for 20 years stud principal David Young has now achieved a herd of medium- to large-framed fertile cows that will conceive and rear a calf every year, regardless of seaso- nal conditions, with progeny meet- ing the advanced carcass criteria for today's market and future markets. ''It takes a lot of time to get a herd of females just right and each and every female in the herd now has earned her place,'' he said. ''All the new sires have been purchased for their size, carcass quality and growth and by also placing a lot of emphasis on their maternal side. This year's sale bulls are an even line of medium- and large-frame bulls showing a lot of thickness and length with their easy doing ability one of their most important attributes.'' This year's draft contains the first 13 sons of Raff Appeal D222 -- who was purchased from the Raff Stud, Queensland, in September 2009 for $14,500. He weighed 630kg at 12 months -- and had an eye muscle area of 111sq cm. When purchased at 14 months, his weight was 740kg, he had a DWG of 1.66kg and a frame score of 7+. Eight other bulls in the sale are by the homebred sire Londavra 2V1 B39 who shows plenty of frame size and growth with adequate muscle. The other three are the first sons by Londavra Yellowstone D56 and are out of first calving heifers. D56 is the fourth generation Yellow- stone they have bred. ''Londavra bulls are always excel- lent value for money,'' Mr Young said. Mr Young believes that with the continued use of the compact neat bulls, the Angus breed in Tasmania is fast losing size. The majority of the AI sires on offer at the moment are only frame score 5-5.5, which does not suit Mr Young's breeding program. He said by breeding with the larger sires they are maintaining size and adding muscle. ''There are plenty of little muscled bulls available,'' he said. ''But is it extremely hard to find large, highly muscled bulls.'' The commercial heifers are Sep- tember/October drop and mated to a Londavra below average birthweight bull. They will be scanned PTIC prior to the sale to calve as two year olds. This annual draft has previously been sold at the Powranna Angus Female sale with great success, top- ping the sale on numerous occasions. ''They have been mated earlier this year to calve from 8th August,'' Mr Young said. ''These are a well grown, classy line of commercial breeders.'' Mr Young is breeding and supply- ing cattle that fit the three important markets: local MSA, Tas Feedlot and the Jap Ox market. That means he is well aware of what is needed. Londavra is one of the few Angus breeders that run their cattle out to fit these markets. Their steers achieve the carcass weight of 300-400kg (with 0-2 teeth) at 16-24 months. Many of their steers make the feedlot weight at 14 months. On sale day, all the sires of the sale bulls will be on display. Londavra Direction E13 also will be on display --- the mating sire of the commercial heifers. As an added attraction, Londavra will yard their steers' siblings to the heifers in the sale. This will give buyers a preview of the type of steer that can be produced by using their bulls. Mr Young said he was proud of their steers and their performance was used as a tool to keep them commercially oriented, because it proved that their end result justified the breeding program. Friday, February 24, 2012 Tasmanian Country 25 ONTACT: LT&EMHALL--63522467-TS&TAHALL--0409210055 CO BREEDING YOUR PROFIT ANNUAL BULL AND FEMALE SALE Sale on Friday 2 March, 2012 at Quarter-ways North Scottsdale. 11.30am start. 26 Angus Bulls, 5 rising 2 1/2 yr heifers PTIC, 12 yearling heifers-unmated. Grass feed. Classified BEEF ONLY. SELLING AGENT Roberts Ltd QUARTER--WAY ANGUS 2003210-120224 Bulls for sale display best traits GOOD LOOKING: Entally Forest sale bulls have been scanned and assessed. ENTALLY Forest Angus will hold their first autumn bull sale on April 18 during Angus Week. Bulls this year are outstanding and we are extremely happy with their figures to match their good looks. All bulls have been scanned and assessed by Liam Cardile, of Holbrook NSW, giving buyers a huge advantage as they know exactly what they are getting in regard to feet soundness and structure. This year the entire F drop of Entally Forest Bulls was deemed sound for sale by Mr Cardile. Entally Forest bulls are now located from the Far North West, Far North East, the Huon and everywhere in between. The sale bulls for this autumn are again from the select female herd, using Millah Murrah bulls only for this drop. The group displays tremendous evenness to the eye, with beautiful fronts, good length and of course big behinds. The last scanning offered some great figures to match the type of bull the stud is breeding with weights at 16-17 months up to 740 and EMAs 120cm. Entally Forest breeds to a type and puts a huge planning into the female herd with nearly all having either pure or majority Millah Murrah genetics. This year two-year-old heifers were PTIC at 100 per cent all with a CAF after a seven-week joining with an 18-month-old MM bred bull -- a brilliant result and proof to add to a breeding philosophy of using only positive fat bulls, to ensure females have the ability to breed well, and hold their condition with a CAF. Calves show tremendous growth and a sappy glow, all boding well for next year's sale. This will be the stud's main sale date, it will, however, continue to support the bull buyers in the spring with a second auction on September 4 for younger bulls in the draft. The sale will be at Entally Forest, Longford, on the corner of Illawarra Rd and the Bass Hwy. for breeders QUALITY BREED: Lot 14, Dunlop Park, Faraday.
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