Superior combination

January 25, 2018

The first cross sire is the key to continuity in a two-breed combination cattle breeding system, according to the Brian family.

The Brian family from Tongala will be showcasing the result of more than 20 years of its two-breed combination of Angus and South Devon cattle at Beef Week later this month.

One-hundred-and-thirty cows from the Babrooten stud, aged from three to 12 years, together with their calves will be on display.

‘‘The calves were born from March through to August. While the autumn calves do better, in a 14-inch rainfall area with very little irrigation, it has been necessary to calve the majority in winter to carry more numbers,’’ stud owner John Brian said.

Also on display are 25 Angus cows with first cross South Devon calves at foot as well as 25 pure South Devon cows with pure South Devon calves at foot.

During Beef Week, Mr Brian said there would be a selection of first cross bulls and a number of pure South Devon bulls up for sale.

‘‘This is a unique opportunity for commercial cattle breeders to see how two-breed combination breeding can produce a herd superior in performance than either of the two pure breeds,’’ he said.

‘‘In recent years Greenham Tasmania have taken all steers for their Cape Grim quality beef as they meet their high-standard specifications.’’

The Babrooten stud will be open for viewing during Beef Week on Wednesday, January 31 and can be found at 345 Craig Rd, Tongala.

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