Sale the final chapter in quest for quality
THE joint sale of the Quamby Plains and Chester Poll Hereford studs on April 30 will be the last for Chester.
It is the 34th annual bull sale of the studs and 50 grassfed bulls will go on offer at Chester in Westwood.
Stud operators say the sale bulls have been raised under commercial conditions and the line-up is one of their best.
The Chester stud is dispersing and after successful cowdispersal sale last November this bull sale will be its last.
All future sales will be held at Quamby Plains, Hagley.
All sale bulls have been structurally assessed. After structural soundness bulls are selected on their temperament and then on their EBVs across all traits.
High emphasis is placed on calving ease and birth weight as well as 200-day growth, 400-day growth, milk and indicators of carcass quality.
Fertility is extremely important in both studs as they are run under commercial conditions. All heifers calve down at two years of age and must rear a calf.
Sires used in artificial insemination programs are chosen on phenotype and EBVs.
Chester stud used Injemira Redford J084 for balanced EBVs for growth and carcase traits. Days Patrick H37 is breeding well at both studs and produces outstanding females. Chester Shannon F14 has a low birth weight and high growth.
Both studs have used Wirruna Jenson J218, which has excellent calving ease and low birth weight.
Quamby Plains used Glentrevor Wallace H427, which hs exceptional calving ease, low birth weight, high milk and high IMF. Elite Trust K215 has sired very good sons at Quamby Plains while Quamby Plains Kingpin K438 is a home-bred bull offering high growth.
The stud operators say Poll Herefords offer value in crossbreeding with their easy doing, quiet temperament and excellent growth.
All bulls are vaccinated and tested for pestivirus.
The sale starts at 1.30pm on April 3 and the studs welcome pre-sale inspections by appointment. Bulls are freighted free to Flinders Island, King Island and Melbourne.