Bran­gus breed per­forms well in tough con­di­tions

Sale to of­fer up strong ge­net­ics

Central and North Rural Weekly - - OPINION -

FOR bran­gus breed­ers, all roads will lead to south­west Queens­land on Fri­day, September 7.

The breed’s 13th an­nual Roma Bran­gus Sale is shap­ing up to be big­ger than ever, with a record-break­ing 27 ven­dors signed on.

Breed­ers from as far south as Euroa in Vic­to­ria to the Ather­ton Table­lands in Far North Queens­land are pre­par­ing for the sale.

Although much of the cat­tle in­dus­try is strug­gling through drought con­di­tions, Aus­tralian Bran­gus Cat­tle As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Mark Beck­man shrugged off ques­tions about the harsh sea­son im­pact­ing the sale.

“A cou­ple of the sales I have been to of late have had high clear­ance rates and rea­son­able av­er­ages,” he said.

“Cer­tainly, it’s go­ing to be quite tough given the drought con­di­tions, but the per­for­mance of bran­gus cat­tle in drought con­di­tions will mean it won’t re­flect in the sale.”

The sale will of­fer 141 bulls and 40 fe­males.

“We are starting to see a re­lease of fe­male ge­net­ics into the mar­ket. This year we have had an ac­cel­er­a­tion in the num­ber of fe­males,” he said.

“There are stud breed­ers and com­mer­cial cat­tle­men chas­ing breed­ers.”

The in­crease in ven­dors, from an av­er­age of about 12 or 13 to 27 was a re­flec­tion of the breed’s ad­vance­ment, Mr Beck­man said.

“I think it’s re­ally about the pro­gres­sion of the bran­gus

❝ I think it’s re­ally about the pro­gres­sion of the bran­gus breed and the pop­u­lar­ity — Mark Beck­man

breed and the pop­u­lar­ity of the breed,” he said.

“We now sit in the top 10 ma­jor breeds of Aus­tralia.

“These cat­tle do well in the vealer mar­ket, in the Jap ox and right through to the bul­lock trade.”

It will be a busy few days for

Mr Beck­man. He is not only the pres­i­dent of the bran­gus breed but the chair­man of the Roma sale com­mit­tee and a ven­dor him­self.

His stud, Glenoyra Bran­gus, based at Au­bigny on Queens­land’s Dar­ling Downs, will have five bulls and five

fe­males.

“We have been sell­ing in Roma for 10 years and it’s a good mar­ket­place for our sires go­ing to var­i­ous studs and com­mer­cial prop­er­ties,” he said.

It will take Mr Beck­man about four hours to get to the sale – only a short drive com­pared to the 30-hour round trip for Vic­to­rian ven­dor Michael Bush from Cas­tle Bran­gus.

“It’s quite a few hours for him. He is bring­ing up 10 bulls and a few heifers from that same sta­ble,” Mr Beck­man

said.

“That shows they have a lot of con­fi­dence in the mar­ket­place at Roma.”

cSALE

❚ DE­TAILS: 27 ven­dors, 141 bulls, 40 fe­males

❚ WHEN: 10am Fri­day, September 7

❚ WHERE: Roma Sa­le­yards

BULL WALK

❚ WHEN: 4pm Thurs­day, September 6

❚ WHERE: Roma Sa­le­yards

❚ GOOD TO KNOW: Light re­fresh­ments will be on of­fer

PHOTO: ANDREA DAVY

Aus­tralian Bran­gus Cat­tle As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Mark Beck­man with some of the fine cat­tle on dis­play at the Queens­land Royal Show.

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