Suc­cess for CQ bazadaise breeder

First polled cat­tle of the breed shown at Ekka

Central and North Rural Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - ZHANAE CON­WAY-DODD Zhanae.con­

ROD­NEY Johnan­nesen has had a good eye for cat­tle since he was a kid and it has proven handy, with the gra­zier be­ing the first in the world to breed polled bazadaise.

With his prop­erty si­t­u­ated 50km south of Biggen­den, Rod­ney and his wife Karen have about 300 head of fe­males and had eight bazadaise cat­tle rep­re­sented at this year’s Ekka in Bris­bane, all of which were polled.

With three ge­netic lines rep­re­sented in the team of eight, Rod­ney did well to take home grand cham­pion ex­hibit, cham­pion bull and cham­pion cow or heifer for the bazadaise breed.

Show­ing at the Ekka since 2003, Rod­ney said he has lost count of how many grand cham­pi­ons they have won.

“It’s been very, very good pro­mo­tion. I try and breed good cat­tle,” he said.

“The bull – I’ve been tak­ing

pho­tos of him since he was a cou­ple of days old. I’ve ad­mired him from birth and the cow, she was re­serve cham­pion last year, cham­pion the year be­fore and her mother was the cham­pion for all three years be­fore that.”

When asked the se­cret to breed­ing cham­pion cat­tle, Rod­ney said it was all about hav­ing a good eye.

“Right from a very early age I could recog­nise qual­i­ties in cat­tle, dif­fer­ences in cat­tle,” he said.

“When I was a kid I would have ar­gu­ments over what calves be­longed to what cows be­cause they would come into the dairy as two and a half year olds, or what­ever, and I

would say to Dad ‘that’s so and so’s calf’ and he would say ‘no it’s not’ but it was.”

Rod­ney was the fourth bazadaise breeder in Queens­land and has ad­mired the breed from the start, es­pe­cially with their high meat qual­ity.

“I’ve been breed­ing bazadaise since 1995,” he said.

“They came to Aus­tralia in 1991.

“The bazadaise breed comes from mostly the south­ern part of France. They were al­most wiped out in the war years.

“The Ger­mans love their meat and their meat qual­ity is some­thing peo­ple wouldn’t be­lieve and we have be­come very spoilt with eat­ing bazadaise meat.”

2017 Ekka bazadaise judge An­thony Flint, who comes from a com­mer­cial cat­tle prop­erty near War­wick, said there was an ex­cel­lent line-up of fe­males and bulls in the beef cat­tle sec­tion.

“I re­ally ad­mired the qual­ity of the cat­tle that were shown here. The fe­males were a won­der­ful line-up and the bulls were a mag­nif­i­cent line-up,” he said.

“I ad­mire the mus­cle pat­tern they have and the meat that’s in them. They have a great abil­ity to put on even fat cov­er­age.”


Bazadaise judge An­thony Flint and Folk­slee Bazadaise and Bran­gus Stud owner Rod­ney Jo­han­nesen with the grand cham­pion bazadaise bull.

Grand cham­pion bazadaise ex­hibit, Folk­slee Lorry, bred by Rod­ney and Karen Jo­han­nesen.

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