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TAS Country : March 8th 2012
24 Tasmanian Country Friday, March 9, 2012 Impressive bull line-up on offer PERFORMANCE: Pine Park For The Road, one of the bulls offered this year. THIS year will see Pine Park Charolais offer for sale 20 bulls which are available now. ''We will not be selling bulls at Agfest this year, so there is no need to wait, get in now,'' stud owners Heath and Samantha Dob- son said. ''Pine Park are currently one of the few European cattle breeders in Tas- mania to offer fully per- formance recorded bulls, with full sets of EBV's including IMF, EMA, fat and scrotal measurements. ''We listen to our bull buyers and the market and adapt our program to suit changing needs. ''Pine Park Charolais of- fer bulls that are soft, smooth shouldered, mod- erate framed, structurally correct and well muscled that will produce calves to suit Tasmanian and South- ern Australian markets, fit MSA specifications and most importantly, improve profitability on a kg/ha basis. ''Pine Park customers advocate that their Charo- lais cross British bred calves weigh on average 50kg heavier than their straight British bred calves. ''This equates to more dollars in your back pock- et. This is the message that we are trying to advocate --- Pine Park cattle measure traits that will increase your pro- fitability,'' Heath Dobson said. '' EBV data shows that the bulls on offer will have a positive influence on fat cover, below average birth weight, high fertility, and low gestation length.''. As in previous years, the stud is offering a Charbeef bull (Charolais cross Red Angus). These bulls con- tinue to impress buyers and agents for their excep- tional growth which is proof of how important hybrid vigour is in today's beef production. ''Pine Park are sourcing genetics worldwide. We are combining genetics from Canada, USA, and Australia, using an in- creasing amount of AI and ET to enable us to offer you a greater selection of bulls out of our top female lines by the world's top sires. ''Pine Park have over 35 years Charolais breeding experience. We would love to show you our line up of bulls, our female lines and if you are quick, the cross bred weaners.'' For inspections and a sale catalogue, contact Heath Dobson 0409 176 228, Denis Dob- son 0418 134 540 or your local stock agent. Advertising Feature Charolais Progeny trial is paying dividends TRIAL: Charolais steers at the Charlton Feedlot in Victoria for finishing on a 70-day grain program. THE Charolais Society and Meat and Livestock Aust- ralia are working on a project to measure the per- formance of 50 of the breed's leading sires. The aim of the project is to predict animal birth and growth rates and obtain more data on the meat quality attributes of Charo- lais cross animals. Research herds have been established in Vic- toria, Queensland and New South Wales. The Vic- torian and New South Wales herds include An- gus cows joined to Charo- lais bulls. In the program's first year, 405 calves were pro- duced in Victoria. The av- erage live weight of the male progeny at 13 months was 400kg and the female weight was 368kg. Rib fat scans on the steers showed 4.5mm of fat relative to 5.7mm for the females. The eye muscle scans for the steers aver- aged 64.2cm versus 62.7cm for the heifers. A selection of 94 steers was sent to Charlton Feed- lot to be finished on a 70-day grain program to compare with the 103 steers that were finished on grass. The animals were pro- cessed in January and last month. The heifers averaged 280kg carcass weight with 8mm of fat on the P8 site. The steers averaged 320kg, with an average of 12mm of fat from the grain fed lot. The grass-fed steers av- eraged 300kg with 8mm of fat on the P8 site. All of the animals were assessed for their meat quality traits under the MSA system. Samples were collected to measure meat tender- ness to see if there were any significant differences between the sires. When progeny growth measurements were com- pared to the expected EBV of the sires, the EBV's were accurate for birth, wean- ing and 400-day weight trait predictions. The results show that commercial bull buyers need to pay careful atten- tion to EBV's as there is considerable variation be- tween sires within a breed. The average yearling weights of the progeny of one sire were 30kg less than the progeny of the sire with the highest weights. The 30kg difference could amount to over $6000 in lost production when summed over 40 progeny a year for five years. The sire's progeny with the highest rib fat scan (6.2mm) measurement was double the fat depth (3.0mm) of the progeny from the leanest sire. The differences are reflected in the Breedplan traits. The aim of using Breedplan EBVs is to select an animal that pro- duces progeny that will meet the specifications for your target markets. You will need to know the target weight and fat scores and match these to your cows and pasture system. Achieving this aim will require a balanced ap- proach to trait selection and careful attention to the Breedplan EBVs. More information on the results of the trial will be available from the So- ciety's website www. charolais.com.au 567 Cluan Rd, Cluan Tasmania 7303 Phone: (03) 6393 1330 HEATH DOBSON Phone: 0409 176 228 - DENIS DOBSON Phone: 0418 134 540 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org FIRST IN FIRST SERVED SALE Offering 20 performance recorded bulls from March 2012, including stud sire prospects. Bulls sired by Hank 41R, Pilgrim, Pacman, Mixhill Dreamboy and Paringa Montana B20. PROFIT DRIVEN -- MARKET FOCUSED 2012878-120309
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