Dou­ble the bull power, choice and ser­vice

North East & Goulburn Murray Farmer - - BEEF WEEK -

THE first com­bined Wel­come Swal­low/Alpine An­gus bull sale will take place on Wed­nes­day, March 30 be­gin­ning at 1pm at Alpine An­gus’ sale com­plex at Rose­white, with an of­fer­ing of more than 120 HBR and APR An­gus bulls up for sale.

Both stud prin­ci­pals prom­ise beef pro­duc­ers “dou­ble the bull power, dou­ble the choice and dou­ble the af­ter sales ser­vice” af­ter Wel­come Swal­low co-prin­ci­pal Suzy Martin and Alpine An­gus prin­ci­pal Jim De­lany agreed to merge their pro­grams in Oc­to­ber last year af­ter the sale of ‘Il­lalangi’, the prop­erty which ran the Wel­come Swal­low herd and its sub­se­quent dis­per­sal.

Mrs Martin said that Alpine and Wel­come Swal­low are an easy fit as there is a closely shared fun­da­men­tal mind set about cus­tomer ser­vice and ge­net­ics.

Mr De­lany said that the merger opens an ex­cit­ing new chap­ter for Alpine An­gus.

“We have re­vamped our logo to re­flect the merger and our joint com­mit­ment to it,” he said.

Mrs Martin said that she and her hus­band, Jim Martin, were ex­cited as it gives them both a con­tin­ued, ac­tive in­volve­ment in the An­gus seed­stock in­dus­try in gen­eral and with their clients in par­tic­u­lar.

Of im­por­tance to the cou­ple is that Alpine An­gus as part of the terms of the merger has em­braced all of Wel­come Swal­low’s war­ranty and back-up ser­vice poli­cies fully.

“This is a true merger, not just the sale of some ge­net­ics,” Mrs Martin said.

To ac­com­mo­date the ex­pan­sion of the Alpine An­gus herd, Alpine has leased ad­di­tional land near Be­nalla which will be man­aged by Libby Sk­il­beck, who is well known for her previous An­gus stud ex­pe­ri­ence.

Ms Sk­il­beck will look af­ter the Alpine cat­tle to be grown out on that prop­erty and she will also be in­volved in live­stock ac­tiv­i­ties at Alpine.

For Alpine clients it will be busi­ness as usual with Alpine An­gus’ Chris Oswin be­ing the main point of con­tact.

Mr and Mrs Martin will con­tinue to ser­vice their Wel­come Swal­low clients while also as­sist­ing Alpine with mar­ket­ing and ge­netic de­vel­op­ment.

The merger has de­liv­ered added ge­netic power and diver­sity to the Alpine pro­gram.

More than 50 of the Wel­come Swal­low 2014 year­ling bulls pur­chased by Alpine will form part of the of­fer­ing at Alpine’s first an­nual spring bull sale at Rose­white in 2016.

Alpine An­gus pur­chased a se­lec­tion of fe­males at the Wel­come Swal­low dis­per­sal for use as donors in the Alpine ET pro­gram and all 54 Wel­come Swal­low 2015 drop em­bryo calves.

These pur­chases will en­sure a strong and con­tem­po­rary in­fu­sion of ge­net­ics for Alpine, taken from the core of the Wel­come Swal­low herd.

The ‘flight’ of the Swal­low to Alpine will com­mence with the com­bined Alpine An­gus/Wel­come Swal­low au­tumn sale at Rose­white on March 30.

This year’s Beef Week will give beef pro­duc­ers sev­eral op­por­tu­ni­ties to pre­view the sale bulls that will be on dis­play at Alpine An­gus on Day 2 of Beef Week on Fri­day, Jan­uary 29.

Sires rep­re­sented in­clude Mil­willah Gatsby, Booroomooka Frankel F510, Coon­am­ble Gazza and Largo Full House.

Wel­come Swal­low will dis­play 60 HBR and APR An­gus and five REG Charo­lais bulls at Rayner’s Farms, Bir­re­gurra on Day 4 of Beef Week on Satur­day, Jan­uary 30 and Day 7 on Tues­day, Fe­bru­ary 2.

Sires rep­re­sented in­clude pow­er­ful out­cross ge­net­ics with sons by Carabar Dock­lands, KM Bro­ken Bow, LCC New Stan­dard, Te Ma­nia Gasken, Con­nealy Ear­nen, AA R TEN X and KC Haas GPS.

Re­fresh­ments and a light lunch will be avail­able at both Alpine An­gus and Wel­come Swal­low dur­ing their Beef Week open days.

MIGHTY MERGER: From right, Chris Oswin, Libby Sk­il­beck, Jim De­lany, Suzy and Jim Martin and Michael Glasser.

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