Santa Gertrudis April sales boom

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WA Santa Gertrudis studs will of­fer 126 bulls, up 29 on last year, at three venues in April.

Speak­ing at a re­cent field day in WA, Santa Gertrudis clas­si­fier Rus­sell Gray said pro­duc­ers should con­sider re­plac­ing their bulls more of­ten to in­crease the vi­tal­ity of pro­duc­tion.

The trop­i­cal breed, well suited to WA’s di­verse en­vi­ron­ments, was recog­nised in the US back in the 1960s and has been prov­ing fi­nan­cially vi­able in Aus­tralia for more than 78 years.

Santa Gertrudis was born from a Bos Indi­cus (Brah­man) and a Bos Tau­rus (Shorthorn) cross and through line-breed­ing there­after, uni­for­mity fol­lowed to pro­duce hardy cat­tle with unique traits.

Known for good milk­ing abil­ity, ro­bust beef pro­duc­tion, ease of calv­ing, high heat tol­er­ance and par­a­site re­sis­tance, the breed be­came adapt­able to a wide range of cli­mate con­di­tions.

From the harsh cold con­di­tions of South­ern Aus­tralia to the sun-baked plains of the North, th­ese cat­tle are ex­cep­tional for­agers be­cause of their ex­cel­lent walk­ing abil­ity across long dis­tances for food and wa­ter.

The breed con­sis­tently pro­duces high-growth-rate calves in com­pet­i­tive tests with other breeds.

Bulls are known to work un­til 15 years of age or more, pro­duc­ing top prog­eny.

Santa Gertrudis cows give suc­cess­ful birth to light­weight calves, which have rapid weight gain right through to wean­ing and be­yond.

The breed’s nat­u­ral dark red coated and well-hooded eyes are known to be re­sis­tant to can­cer and have proven re­sis­tance to pink eye prob­lems.

Th­ese cat­tle have a high re­sis­tance to bloat un­der a va­ri­ety of con­di­tions.

Santa calves con­sis­tently ex­cel in car­case weight with gains of 1kg to 1.5kg a day.

They are eco­nom­i­cally sound cat­tle with ef­fi­cient feed con­ver­sion and quick weight gains on pas­ture or feed­lot.

Buyer de­mand for Santa Gertrudis cat­tle re­mains very high be­cause of their rep­u­ta­tion for high-yield­ing car­case with the abil­ity to pro­duce ideal fat cov­er­age.

Santa Gertrudis bulls will be avail­able at the X Fac­tor Bull Sale to be held on April 6 at the Muchea Live­stock Sell­ing Cen­tre.

At Muchea, Mer­ryup stud, of Mt Barker, will of­fer 27 bulls while Tan­gle­wood stud, of Pi­awan­ing, will of­fer six bulls.

The Biara Santa Gertrudis stud, of Northamp­ton, will of­fer 70 bulls at its an­nual on-farm sale on April 10.

The Wen­dalla Santa Gertrudis stud, of Chit­ter­ing, will of­fer 12 bulls at the WALSA In­vi­ta­tional Narn­gulu Bull Sale on April 11. Also at Narn­gulu, Cun­darra stud, of Gin­gin, will of­fer 11 bulls.

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