More meat on bone

Monto stud open­ing gate for rare breed

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Emily Smith emily.smith@cnbtimes.com.au

FOR big meat yields, Monto farm­ers Lind­say and Hana Penney can’t go past the bazadais cat­tle breed.

“When Aus­tralian meat­works start pay­ing for meat yields rather than stan­dard car­cass weights, like they al­ready do in Amer­ica, that’s when the bazadais are go­ing to be re­ally good,” Mr Penney said.

“There’s not too many (other breeds) that can match it.”

Mr Penney said the bazadais had a denser bone struc­ture, which meant more of the an­i­mal was made up of valu­able meat and mus­cle com­pared to big­ger-boned va­ri­eties.

“Peo­ple see big-boned an­i­mals as heav­ier, which is what you get paid for. But if you can have more of that weight made up of meat, rather than bone, then that’s bet­ter,” he said.

Bazadais are best suited to cross-breed­ing, Mrs Penney said.

“That’s where the mar­ket is, be­cause bazadais bring all their good at­tributes, while other breeds have higher fat con­tents,” she said.

Most meat­works re­quire be­tween 8–15mL of fat to pay top price.

“A bazadais might have only 6mL of fat, but when it is cross-bred with any other sort of breed, you have no prob­lem with that,” Mr Penney said.

Bazadais cat­tle are from Europe and are a rel­a­tively new breed of cat­tle to Aus­tralia, although the Pen­neys have been run­ning them since 2000.

“I don’t know why more peo­ple don’t have them, but I guess it’s be­cause they are still an un­known to a lot of peo­ple. It’s just about tak­ing that step out of the box,” Mr Penney said.

“There was a per­cep­tion for a while they were ex­pen­sive to run, but they aren’t any dif­fer­ent to other breeds.”

The Pen­neys hosted an open day at their Lin­dana Je­nalan bazadais stud on Satur­day and about 60 peo­ple went to check it out.

“Peo­ple came from three to four hours away for it and the re­cep­tion was re­ally pos­i­tive. We might start see­ing some more bazadais on the mar­ket soon,” Mrs Penney said.

PHOTO: EMILY SMITH

CUT ABOVE: Mulgildie farmer Lind­say Penney says it­would be hard to top the bazadais breed of cat­tle in terms of meat yields.

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