Is­lay An­gus set to im­press

Countryman - - COUNTRYMAN INVITATIONAL BULL SALE -

Show­cas­ing a breed­ing em­pha­sis on docil­ity and struc­ture, Nar­ro­gin-based Is­lay An­gus stud will of­fer six bulls at the

In­vi­ta­tional Bull Sale on Tues­day, Fe­bru­ary 20.

Is­lay stud, es­tab­lished by the Young sis­ters — Denby, 10, and Jorja, 13 — was a suc­ces­sion of their grand­fa­ther John Young’s Strath­tay stud, which dis­persed in 2014. Fe­males that were not suited for the dis­per­sal sale were the ba­sis for the Is­lay foun­da­tion herd, which has grown to 15 reg­is­tered cows.

Naturally, Is­lay’s breed­ing ob­jec­tive flows with its young care­tak­ers, who en­joy work­ing with quiet, yet pro­duc­tive, cat­tle.

The sis­ters are regulars on the show scene and at the 2015 Perth Royal Show they ex­hib­ited the grand cham­pion An­gus bull, Is­lay Karma K29. Judge Corey Ire­land said the bull had a beau­ti­ful front end, strong car­case and moved ex­tremely well.

At the 2016 Wa­gin Woolorama cat­tle show, their Is­lay Strath­tay Annabelle was judged cham­pion Bri­tish fe­male.

At this year’s In­vi­ta­tional Bull Sale, held in Nar­ro­gin, Is­lay will of­fer four sons of Te Ma­nia Garth G67 — a trait leader in docil­ity.

Is­lay Man­da­long M1 will lead the sale team, a Garth G67 son that was in the top one per cent for docil­ity, record­ing an Es­ti­mated Breed­ing Value of +36 for the trait. The bull also recorded a birth­weight of +2.4 (top 10 per cent), milk EBV of +19 (top 15 per cent) and pos­i­tive rib and rump fat, +1 and +0.7, re­spec­tively, while hav­ing an above-av­er­age eye mus­cle area of +6.4.

Another son of Garth G67 on of­fer, Is­lay Mis­sis­sippi M5, also ranked in the top one per cent for docil­ity (+34) and milk (+25).

This bull recorded EBV growth of +52, +95 and +124 for 200, 400 and 600-day weights, re­spec­tively, com­bined with an EMA of +7.5 and re­tail beef yield of +1.3 — all ranked in the top 10 per cent of the breed.

Another bull to fea­ture in the sale team, Is­lay Mur­ray M11, was sired by Garth G67 and was in the top one per cent for docil­ity (+31) and milk (+25).

Coun­try­man

Is­lay Mis­sis­sippi M5 is one of six An­gus bulls on of­fer from the stud at the In­vi­ta­tional Bull Sale on Tues­day, Fe­bru­ary 20.

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