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CLIENT suc­cess is a huge fo­cus for the Bran­son fam­ily for their Mort­lake-based Ban­quet An­gus herd.

Ban­quet An­gus stud prin­ci­pal Stephen Bran­son said the fam­ily has great pride in the many sale top­ping suc­cesses clients are reg­u­larly achiev­ing around the coun­try.

The stud’s suc­cess verifies the fam­ily’s be­lief that its Ban­quet-type con­sis­tently pro­duces young cat­tle that grow quicker to mar­ket weights and that growth rate can be sus­tained for longer through to heavy weights if de­sired.

This also makes them a favourite for pro­ces­sors and back­grounders.

“The Ban­quet type is big­ger, wider through the loin and hindquar­ters and stronger boned than most An­gus, hav­ing the skele­ton to carry the ex­tra muscling that comes with ex­cep­tional growth off grass,” ex­plained Mr Bran­son.

“The two stand­out fea­tures are power with soft­ness, plus the ex­treme docil­ity of the herd.

“The ver­sa­til­ity th­ese at­tributes give com­mer­cial beef cat­tle pro­duc­ers al­low them flex­i­bil­ity in mar­ket­ing and sub­se­quently, to tar­get a range of mar­kets de­pend­ing on prices and feed avail­abil­ity.

“Th­ese types are more ef­fi­cient feed con­ver­tors and we find they are more prof­itable more of­ten.

“It is very pleas­ing when clients con­tin­u­ally ver­ify this,” he said.

Re­struc­tur­ing of Ban­quet’s fe­male breed­ing pro­gram meant num­bers needed to be ad­justed in the short term, so for the first time in the stud’s 24-year his­tory, it of­fered a sub­stan­tial num­ber of fe­males for sale in Novem­ber last year.

Such was the de­mand that this re­sulted in a clear­ance of 110 head to a top of $30,000 and an av­er­age of $6681. “Our clients are very faith­ful. “They also re­alise they get much more than just a bull when they pur­chase at Ban­quet,” Mr Bran­son said.

Ban­quet An­gus will host its sec­ond an­nual spring bull sale on Fri­day, Septem­ber 30 start­ing at 2pm, with 40 bulls on of­fer.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.ban­que­tan­

EX­CEP­TIONAL GROWTH: Ban­quet An­gus’ top sire, Ban­quet Fred­er­ick F683 20 sons av­er­aged $9100 at the stud’s Fe­bru­ary sale with more on of­fer at its up­com­ing Septem­ber sale.

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