Ge­net­ics drive suc­cess

Shepparton News - Country News - - BEEF WEEK 2018 -

Taminick stud Wither­swood An­gus will once again open its gates to vis­i­tors across the re­gion as part of Beef Week, with stud man­ager Ian Peake and own­ers Joan and John Woodruff hop­ing for a strong turnout.

With more than 35 years in the busi­ness, Wither­swood An­gus own­ers John and Joan Woodruff are old hands at the beef in­dus­try.

Af­ter decades of work to build their rep­u­ta­tion, the cou­ple and stud man­ager Ian Peake said they were proud to be known for their bulls these days and would once again open their stud gates for Beef Week.

It is a fo­cus on qual­ity ge­net­ics that has driven the Woodruffs dur­ing the years, and fol­low­ing the pur­chase of two record-break­ing bulls — King­dom K35 and Klooney K42 — at a Milla Mur­rah sale in Septem­ber 2015, the stud’s pro­file has only grown.

‘‘We re­ally fo­cus on the strength of breed and strength of our cow fam­i­lies to al­low breed­ers to keep their own heifers for a fu­ture within their herd,’’ Mr Woodruff said.

‘‘Over the years we’ve sourced a lot of ge­net­ics to build a re­ally strong line and we were prob­a­bly one of the first Vic­to­rian studs that went to New South Wales when Booroomooka An­gus were sell­ing some of their fe­males,’’ Mrs Woodruff said.

Find­ing two qual­ity bulls at the sale was a stroke of luck ac­cord­ing to Mr Peake.

‘‘To find two very suc­cess­ful bulls at one sale is in­cred­i­ble,’’ he said.

‘‘You might spend five to 10 years search­ing for a bull. You’re al­ways look­ing; the per­fect an­i­mal hasn’t been bred yet.’’

Hav­ing been in­volved in Beef Week since its in­cep­tion more than 25 years ago, the Woodruffs said they were look­ing for­ward to wel­com­ing vis­i­tors to the stud this year.

While the bulls King­dom K35 and Klooney K42 are of­ten big at­trac­tions, the stud will also show­case the rest of the herd.

‘‘We’ll have bulls that will be at our up­com­ing sale on dis­play, King­dom, weaned calves and heifers for heifer chal­lenge,’’ Mr Peake said.

The week pre­sented the per­fect op­por­tu­nity for prospec­tive buy­ers to ex­plore the herd and ex­am­ine some of the 70 bulls that would be on of­fer at the stud’s yearly sale on March 20, the Woodruffs said.

Fol­low­ing on from a 100 per cent clear­ance at the stud’s in­au­gu­ral fe­male sale in Oc­to­ber, they are hop­ing for a sim­i­lar re­sult.

Wither­swood An­gus stud man­ager Ian Peake, and own­ers Joan and John Woodruff are gear­ing up to open their stud gates for this year’s Beef Week.

John and Joan Woodruff say they’ve been largely fo­cused on en­sur­ing qual­ity ge­net­ics in their herd for the past 35 years.

With a bull sale ap­proach­ing on March 20, the Beef Week open day will give prospec­tive buy­ers a chance to in­spect the herd.

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