Fer­til­ity a Ter­raneil pri­or­ity


Ter­raneil Poll Here­ford stud, of Bev­er­ley, will be of­fer­ing 20 bulls at the In­vi­ta­tional Bull Sale, to be held at WA Col­lege of Agri­cul­ture, Nar­ro­gin, on Fe­bru­ary 20 at 12.30pm.

Ter­raneil stud co-prin­ci­pal Terry Woods said the sale was an op­por­tu­nity for breed­ers to tap into some of the Poll Here­ford breed’s lead­ing ge­net­ics.

“We are of­fer­ing six bulls sired by Wir­runa Ha­bana H9 as well as 10 bulls sired by Glen Goul­bourn Bos­ton J81, plus another four bulls sired by Glen Goul­burn Har­ri­cot,” he said.

“This is the se­cond and last of­fer­ing of Ha­bana-sired bulls. Ha­bana sons were well re­ceived last year and are well rep­re­sented in this year’s sale line up.

“Ha­bana’s off­spring are show­ing all the at­tributes that the bull was se­lected for, with fig­ures to match. Many of his prog­eny are curve ben­ders with Es­ti­mated Breed­ing Val­ues in the top per­centile for most traits, par­tic­u­larly for calv­ing ease, birth, growth, car­case and $In­dex.”

Like Ha­bana, Mr Woods said new stud sire Glen Goul­burn Bos­ton was also a trait leader for growth car­case and $In­dex fig­ures. “This is the first of­fer­ing of bulls sired by Bos­ton, and we are very im­pressed with their cor­rect­ness, frame and car­case at­tributes, with very good fig­ures to match,” he said.

Mr Woods said Glen Goul­burn Hari­cot had bred very well for Ter­raneil stud, with the first sons out of Hari­cot-bred daugh­ters to be of­fered in the sale.

“There is a se­lec­tion of bulls for all breed­ing pro­grams, from bulls suit­able for heifers or bulls for ma­ture cows, a com­bi­na­tion able to in­crease weight, milk, mus­cle and profit,” he said.

“With Ter­raneil bulls sell­ing to vast ar­eas of the State and na­tion­ally, se­lec­tion for fer­til­ity and do-abil­ity has been our high­est pri­or­ity.

“Ev­ery cow in the Ter­raneil herd is there, be­cause they have had an unas­sisted live calf as a two-year-old and ev­ery year af­ter, and reared that calf through to wean­ing.

“Breed­plan has also been a very im­por­tant tool used in the herd, with all traits mea­sured and recorded an­nu­ally, en­sur­ing our ac­cu­racy fig­ures are as high as they can pos­si­bly be, giv­ing our bull buy­ers con­fi­dence those EBV fig­ures are ac­cu­rate.”

Ter­raneil of­fers a freight sub­sidy on all bulls sold at Nar­ro­gin.

The Woods fam­ily in­vite in­spec­tion of the bulls be­fore the sale.

Coun­try­man Pic­ture: Bob Gar­nant

Ter­raneil M17 will lead off the Poll Here­ford stud's 20-bull sale team at the In­vi­ta­tional Bull Sale on Tues­day, Fe­bru­ary 20.

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