South East Beef Field Days: From strength to strength

A strong selection emphasis on phenotypic characteristics and temperament has long been a central focus of the Roseleigh breeding program.
A strong selection emphasis on phenotypic characteristics and temperament has long been a central focus of the Roseleigh breeding program.

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As one of South Australia’s oldest Angus studs, Roseleigh has been breeding some of the state’s finest cattle since 1954. 

The Roseleigh stud consists of some 120 breeders, and it endeavours to produce cattle that are structurally sound with good growth rate and muscling including good butt shape, temperament and fertility. 

A strong selection emphasis on phenotypic characteristics and temperament has long been a central focus of the Roseleigh breeding program.

At Roseleigh, they do not follow or chase individual traits.

As producers of beef cattle, they believe they need to be careful with selection of bulls coinciding with their Breedplan figures. 

Tough years seasonwise have proven that cattle with high marbling and too much minus on rib and rump fat can have issues arise not only in their physical condition, but also their fertility. 

These are still some of the most important economic traits to be profitable in the long term, along with easy doing cattle that show thickness and structural correctness.  

They have been pleased to hear from their clientele during the year about  success at markets around Australia. 

Mark and Leah Jacob, Colac sold 150 Angus steers at the Colac weaner sale in January. 

Their top pen of 20 at 385kg made $1295 or $3.36/kg, with pens to follow up to 377kg making $3.38-$3.43/kg. 

KP Pastoral sold Angus steers at the Naracoorte sale, with 8-9 month old steers weighing 386kg and making $3.18/kg.

The Roseleigh Angus bull sale will be held on Tuesday, February 12 at 10.30am at Mandayen Selling Complex, Keith. 

The 2019 line-up includes 36 bulls by a variety of sires including Lawsons Novak E313, Rennylea H7, RB Tour of Duty 177, Millwillah Gatsby G279, Kansas Datalink L25, Roseleigh Lennon L6, Brooklana M Reality K50 and Musgrave Big Sky.

This year’s line-up of bulls shows great promise, with excellent temperament, strong figures and structural soundness. 

Despite dry conditions, the bulls have again scanned well with an average EMA of 110cm2 at 16 months of age.  Roseleigh keeps a keen eye on EMA figures as they believe this is key to improving your herd and essentially equates to more dollars in your pocket.  

They have bulls to suit both commercial and stud enterprises that will perform in the paddock and on paper, to ensure you can confidently select a bull with the potential to improve frame and docility in your herd.

They look forward to contributing to your Angus future.  

  • Sale catalogues are available by contacting Mat Cowley on 0428 778 482 or can be downloaded from www.roseleighangus.com.au
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