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.
We completed our preg tests for the spring herd on March 13th and were very pleased with a 96% positive pregnancy test result.
This was very gratifying as the cows have been through a tough 2020 until it rained in early March. 2019 was also an extremely tough year and we had received virtually no rain since early August 2019.
We believe that these high preg test results show the quality of our genetics. Our cows can survive in tough conditions, rear a good calf and then rebreed in a timely manner.
With 2019 about to finish, we can only say that we are looking forward to a better season in 2020. Presently we are on a shade over 200 mm for the year, a very low rainfall for the second year running.
However, we have ended the year on a high note with a cull cow by Yamburgan Coolabah topping the Finley Prime Cattle Sale on December 18. Despite a drop in prices, this big cow still came in at $1634, weighing 760 kgs at 215 c/kg. Other Toogimbie cull cows also sold extremely well at Deniliquin on December 4, achieving the second top price. 5 cows sold at 235 c/kg weighing an average 734 kg, averaging $1724.90 a head.
None of these cows had seen green grass for months, yet had maintained excellent condition without supplementary feeding.
We are now well into our calvng and it is heart warming to see those beautiful little calves so active and strong. Our A.I. heifers have produced some top class calves by Sprys Primrose Buddy and Sprys Exclusive and we will be very interested to see how they grow out.
Last week Liam Cardile scanned all our heifers and yearling bulls. We were very pleased with the results and believe our young bulls and heifers would not be out of place in any top herd in the country. The Belmore Northern Legend K232 bulls scanned exceptionally well with some possessing breed leading EMA as well as high IMF. Our top heifers showed evidence of the herd’s genetic improvement with real improvement evident in IMF throughout the entire drop.
We have other excellent A.I. bulls by Futurity Knight, Eloora Baker and Eionmor Ultra. We plan to put them to work very soon!
2018 was one of our dryest years on record and unfortunately 2019 is not shaping up to be any better. In the last few weeks, we have had to move 200 of our cows onto grain and the rest will be following shortly if we don’t get rain soon.
Despite the dry conditions, our positive preg test results were above 90%, with one mob testing 100% positive. Our challenge is now to hang onto those beautiful, fertile, structurally sound cows which have been fertility tested over more than 20 years.
Our male/steer weaners are also being completely hand fed and we hope to get the steers through to a sufficient weight for the JBS Thousand Guineas intake.
Let’s just say that we are all hoping for rain soon!
We wish everyone a Happy Christmas and all the best for the New Year.
The weather has been extremely hot here and we are looking forward to the next cool change which is not in sight at present!
Our dryland lucerne has responded to the 30mm of December rain and we have started weaing calves.
At least we will have some good paddocks for the calves to go onto!
We are very honoured to be announced in this week’s Weekly Times as a contender in the Weekly Times Coles 2018 Farmer of the year. Thanks to James Wagstaff on his great article featuring Amanda and the Shorthorns. The article highlighted the high marbling of our cattle and the sustainability of our pastures even in these very tough times.
We are pleased to have finished our A.I. heifer program this week. 92 heifers were inseminated to a range of top Shorthorn sires including Sprys Primrose’s Buddy and Futurity Kokoda. We are hoping for a high success rate and a tight heifer calving next year.
We are very pleased that the latest Shorthorn Group EBVs published by ABRI have identified our home bred bull Jesse James J94 as a very high marbling bull indeed. With the scanning data from his 2017 heifers now available, Jesse James has gone to the top of the breed for IMF at +1.1%. Of sires born in 2013, he is now equal top with The Grove Gigabytes J0837 for IMF.
Not only that, but Jesse James possesses great temperament and structure with excellent feet and does well on literally ‘the smell of an oily rag’. He is also a great heifer bull.
We secured an excellent semen collection in this bull and will use him both as an A.I. and walking sire this season.
Well we are home from our holiday to the coast and we are just waiting for the heifers to start calving. It will be a very exciting calving this year as we are expecting more than 30 A.I. calves. The heifers are looking great so let’s hope for a stress free calving!