Breed­ing bulls a pas­sion

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - Rural Weekly -

THE jour­ney for Bunda Santa Gertrudis to breed qual­ity santa gertrudis cat­tle be­gan in 2008 with the pur­chase of clas­si­fied fe­males from the Ros­gar, Gyranda, Rae­lands and Ma­caire studs.

While it has been a long road with many ups and downs, Nigel and Toni Sharpe and boys, Elih, 14, Mur­doch, 6, and Quincy, 5, wouldn’t have it any other way.

Breed­ing bulls and be­ing in the seed­stock in­dus­try is a fam­ily af­fair.

“We do it be­cause we love it,” Mr Sharpe said.

“We get great sat­is­fac­tion from breed­ing an­i­mals that other pro­duc­ers both in the seed­stock and com­mer­cial in­dus­tries want.

“Over this time, we have in­vested heav­ily in lead­ing ge­net­ics by pur­chas­ing bulls Car­dona Or­ganic for $24,000 and Canowin­dra Magic for $14,000 in 2015.”

As fur­ther in­vest­ment in their ge­net­ics, in 2016 the Sharpe fam­ily pur­chased Glen Oaks Liv­ingston at the Santa Cen­tral bull sale for $24,000.

“This year we have pur­chased Moon­gana Kruger at Spring­sure for $14,000,” he said.

While some peo­ple may con­sider this ex­pen­sive, the Sharpe fam­ily con­sider it an in­vest­ment in the santa gertrudis breed and the fu­ture.

The Bunda jour­ney be­gan with sell­ing bulls at the Casino All Breeds Bull Sale and North­ern Breed­ers Bull Sale but in 2015 moved to the Wan­doan Santa Gertrudis Bull Sale.

Mr and Mrs Sharpe have fo­cused on sell­ing there solely since 2015 and there­fore sell their best-qual­ity bulls through this sale.

This year was their first foray into the show ring to try and get cat­tle out into the pub­lic eye.

“Whilst chal­leng­ing, it was also very re­ward­ing, with all five of the fam­ily be­ing in­volved,” Mr Sharpe said.

Mrs Sharpe is re­spon­si­ble for the show team, Mr Sharpe is the truck driver and the boys pa­rade and help when they can, whether it is brush­ing the cat­tle or help­ing with feed­ing through to com­pet­ing in ju­nior pa­raders and ju­nior judg­ing.

Re­sults in the show ring were also quite pleas­ing for the fam­ily, with Bunda Min­nie judged cham­pion fe­male at the 2017 Santa Gertrudis Na­tional Ju­nior Show and grand cham­pion bos in­di­cus fe­male at the War­wick and Goondi­windi Shows.

Bunda Mate was judged grand cham­pion bos in­di­cus bull at War­wick Show and re­serve at Goondi­windi.

Bunda Monty was judged grand cham­pion bos in­di­cus bull at the Goondi­windi Show.

Bunda stud are of­fer­ing eight bulls this year at the Wan­doan Santa Gertrudis Bull Sale on Septem­ber 25.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

PROGENY UP FOR GRABS: Bunda Monty is be­ing re­tained in the stud as a fu­ture sire.

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