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