2017 ANNUAL BULL SALE
60 ELITE SIRES
Tuesday 7th February / commencing at 3pm AWST. 119 Poad Road, Dardanup WA.
Our quality bulls at auction will offer new and regular clients the opportunity to purchase direct sons of AI and homebred sires, Prime Juggernaut J15, Alpine High Octane H037, Alpine High Flyer H190, Carabar Docklands QHE D62, Karoo D145 Generator G220, Milwillah Gatsby G279, Hyline Right Way 781, Coonamble Elevator E11, Connealy Confidence 0100, S A V Mustang 9134, Little Meadows Full Throtle F18, Little Meadows Jump Your Bones J10 and Little Meadows Hotspur H26.
After a change in our calving pattern in 2009 to a winter calving period for management reasons the bulls we present at our annual sale are 15 months to 21 months of age.
THE BENEFITS OF BUYING YOUNG BULLS
The purchase and use of bulls 16 months or younger offers stockman lower bull costs but more importantly higher production and less injury throughout their working life.
Majority of seedstock producers in Western Australia sell two year old bull at auction however over recent years its been proven by producers in the East that this ‘two year old system’ is full of inefficiencies.
Bulls originally evolved to start working at 12 to 14 months of age when they are lighter and more agile, yet most Angus bulls in Australia aren’t put out to work until they are two years of age. Often they are fed throughout this period and at auction have reached heavy, mature weights and are normally over conditioned.
Unfortunately this results in inefficiencies that only come out of the bull buyer’s pocket.
- Higher auction prices for over conditioned two year olds
- Increased injury due to their heavy, mature weight and sexual inexperience
- Higher maintenance costs
Increased Working Life
The average working life of a bull is less than three years and to us this is not a very satisfactory performance for one of the main operational costs of a beef enterprise. Hence our move in using younger yearling bulls many years ago. Since then we have achieved some great results and knew by offering younger bulls to our clients, it would not only boost their herds profitability, but they would also reap the added benefits of:
- A longer working life (25% increase or more)
- Significantly reduces costs per calf
- More calves on the ground
- Faster rates of genetic improvement
- Significantly less injuries due to superior fitness and lower levels of body fat
- Easier management
From clients and our own experience young bulls settle in better, mix with other cattle more easily and are easier to handle than older bulls. We believe this is because they are working at a much younger age and have not built-up the sexual frustration that encourages them to fight.
We would agree from experience that younger bulls can look unpleasant after their first joining season and due to them being in their working cloths at a young age they probably wont reach their genetic potential for mature weight until they are three or four year olds. Nonetheless the relationship between the age of a bull at joining has proven to have no effect on the weight of his calves and should be seen as a benefit as it contributes to their higher levels of fitness and agility throughout their life.
“If the beef industry is to make progress we MUST purge our minds of the belief that a bull has to be fat and well grown to be any good. THE VALUE OF A BULL SHOULD BE MEASURED BY HIS OFFSPRING, NOT ON WHAT HE LOOKS LIKE!” – cattleman Sandy Yates.
British bred yearling bulls will be sexually mature if they are prepared well. It is critical that our young sale bulls are rigorously culled if they are not well grown and aren’t structurally sound. To ensure this we apply a strict weaning, nutrition practice to deliver bulls that are.
- Well grown (14 months of age or older and averaging 550kg plus)
- In sound condition (fat score of high 2 or low 3)
- Sexually mature with a scrotal size greater then 35cm at 14 months of age
- Docile and manageable
Mating management is extremely important when using young bulls in your operation and some guidelines should be meet.
- Join them with up to 35 females in the first year and normal levels thereafter
- DON’T join them with older bulls. Join either by themselves or with other young bulls of the same age and weight
- A six to eight week joining period is recommended
- Check their body condition score, like any bull if he gets too lean (BCS <2, you risk him not performing)