We were delighted to be able to consign 108 steers into the JBS Thousand Guineas intake at Prime City recently.
The steers looked great when they were yarded. The oldest calves were only 11 months old and the top weights were heading towards 500 kgs.
Well done guys!
Our heifers sold on Auctions Plus on September 17th. They were keenly sought after with the 17 heavier heifers selling for S2280/head at 384.1 kgs. Overall, the heifers averaged $2064 in an excellent result. We wish their new owners all the best with them!
Once again, the Toogimbie cows exhibited very high positive pregnancy rates, at over 93%. This was in the face of yet another tough season as the rain turned off in October and did not really show itself again until the end of March. Calves weaned well and were all handled, backline and tagged before leaving the yards onto feed. The cows once again showed how resilient and tough that they are.
We would like to wish all our friends in the Shorthorn world a Merry Christmas.
Our season has turned dry and hot here but that’s summer in this part of the world.
The mob of cattle that you see on the left were brought into the Coragulac yards last week for the calves to receive their first injection and their tags.
I am pleased to say that there was not a bad calf in this mob of 91 cows. No calf was born before August 1st but there are now some very big calves there, with plenty of spirit! We are looking forward to marking day!
Our harvest is now done and dusted so our next big job will be calf weaning. We will wait for a cool change to start that!
Congratulations to the Shorthorn breed for its win in Australia’s most prestigious carcass competition, the Borthwick Trophy.
The steers were bred by Meadow Vale Shorthorns and Spencer Family Shorthorns. The Spencer Family steer was prepared by Rutherglen High School while the Harris family of Meadow Vale prepared their steers.
There were 137 teams in the competition.
The Spencer Family steer was by Bayview Unique K11, sire of our own Bayview Becker N1.
We have drafted up our yearling heifers and will A.I. them next week to top Shorthorn sires including Sprys X Factor and Southcote Yale.
These heifers have had an excellent season to reach optimal joining weight and we are hoping for a positive response to the Fixed Time A.I. programme
Our calving is nearly finished and we are delighted with our beautiful calves.
The next big job is to draft up the A.I. heifers for the start of the program next week.
We will be putting the bulls out with the cows in late October as the cycle of life continues.
These heifers in the future!
We are pleased to report that our heifers sold very well at Barnawatha on October 1st.
There was plenty of action on them before they sold to a phone bidder.
16 at 352 kg av sold for $1480 ($4.21 per kg)
17 at 310 kg av sold for $1430 ($4.61 per kg).
We wish their new owners all the best.
We are now almost finished our calving and it has gone very well. There are beautiful little calves driving their mothers mad everywhere and we are having a bountiful season weatherwise. The pasture is really growing with that spring sun and we will have plenty of feed for the cows to rear their calves. We have been with pleased with the big mob at Coragulac who have been brought forward a week a year in their joining for the past four years. All cows who did not bring a calf to weaning were culled as well as those who preg tested empty. Needless to say, the vast majority of these cows passed these tests, even in some of the toughest years in Riverina memory.
During the week, the first bulk IGS data was released for Australia’s shorthorns registered with Shorthorn Beef.
All data was previously analysed through Breedplan but the shift is now being made to the new platform which is run from America and is the world’s largest multi breed beef cattle genetic analysis.
In looking at the performance of our cows on IGS, we feel that the new data confirms Toogimbie Shorthorns as one of Australia’s top marbling herds.
Out of all Australian Herd Book Shorthorn females, our young cow, Toogimbie Dainty M37 is equal 2nd and Toogimbie Mercy Wallflower M39 is equal 3rd. Toogimbie Nita Lotus N52 and Toogimbie Nell Nicole N56 are equal 10th.
All these cows are at the very top of their age groups for marbling. Almost all are by our homebred bull, Toogimbie Jesse James J94.
Evidence of our strong marbling genetics will only increase with time as the progeny of these outstanding individuals are scanned.