Success for CQ bazadaise breeder
First polled cattle of the breed shown at Ekka
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.