Our aim is to produce sound structured cattle with carcass and the ability to thrive under all conditions.
We mate every heifer we breed and keep those:
1 that go in calf
2 have a calf and rear and rear to an acceptable weaning weight.
3 We then look at structure and temperament.
When we are happy with all of the above we read the breedplan figures and remove any disasters.
Calves are not weighed at birth as we have found that weight has very little to do with calving difficulties. The biggest influence on this problem is shape and nutrition management.
All calves are yard weaned at 5 to 6 months and fed on troughs for 3 weeks. During this time they are tied up 2 to 3 times for about 6 to 8 hours and put through the yards and trained to horse, bike and dogs. This weaning process has improved our weight gains on crop by 20% and allowed us to reach target weights 30 to 40 days quicker.
The cowherd has to survive under all conditions and is not supplementary fed.
The bulls are run together from weaning to their 600-day weight and are then classed into sale or steer. The only assistance they get is hay, sileage and cotton seed or DDG (Dried Distillers Grain), which is pure protein no starch. If the season permits they are fed on green oats for 90 days leading up to the sale.
Our sires are selected for what they offer to our program not by the number ribbons they have won or their prefix. This allows us to produce cattle that are commercially viable for the industry.