Tophams’ breed­ing his­tory at Cookal­abi

Countryman - - MCBA GINGIN BULL SALE -

Cookal­abi An­gus stud, of Coomberdale, will of­fer 10 bulls at the Mid­lands Cat­tle Breed­ers As­so­ci­a­tion Gin­gin Bull Sale on Thurs­day, March 1.

The Topham fam­ily have more than 50 years of breed­ing be­hind this year’s Cookal­abi sale team.

Stud co-prin­ci­pal David Topham said the sale bulls pre­sented very well.

“The bulls rep­re­sent an even line-up with good tem­per­a­ments and sound struc­ture,” he said.

“Over the years, we have also placed a strong em­pha­sis in the stud herd on fer­til­ity and milk pro­duc­tion in our fe­males plus ease of calv­ing and good feet.”

Mr Topham said the stud had been record­ing on Breed­plan for more than 30 years, and the 2018 sale bulls all came with a full com­ple­ment of Es­ti­mated Breed­ing Val­ues in­clud­ing docil­ity, which had been mea­sured for a num­ber of years.

“A fea­ture sire of the Cookal­abi sale team is Koo­jan Hills El­e­va­tor J 149 — a sire with eye ap­peal, struc­tural cor­rect­ness, and breed lead­ing growth fig­ures along with very good docil­ity,” he said.

“Cookal­abi M34, sired by KH El­e­va­tor J149 and of­fered as lot 29 at the sale, is a stand­out. This bull recorded EBV’s of +53, +93 and +129 for 200, 400 and 600-day weights, ranking him in the top 10 per cent of the breed for these eco­nom­i­cally im­por­tant growth traits.

“The bull also recorded a docil­ity EBV of +31 ranking him in the top 5 per cent of the breed for this trait.”

All Cookal­abi bulls have tested neg­a­tive for BVDV and had all the vac­ci­na­tions, which qual­ify them for Zoetis STAR ac­cred­i­ta­tion. The Tophams wel­come in­spec­tions on their prop­erty be­fore the sale by ap­point­ment.

Pic­ture: Bob Gar­nant

Cookal­abi M26 is one of 10 An­gus bulls to be of­fered from the stud at the Gin­gin Bull Sale on March 1.

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