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Burenda's New Black

Updated about 8 years ago
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BURENDA Angus is poised to launch a new style of progeny, geared to producers demanding higher Angus content in the lines of Brangus cattle that have been bred at the Kaimkillenbun stud for the past decade.

Three years ago, Burenda adjusted its breeding program to produce Brangus animals with up to 82pc Angus content. The Brangus breeding herd will produce up to 50-60 bulls for sale each year.

The progeny are now launched as Burenda Blacks, and the first 18 to 24 month-old bulls will be available for sale in early 2014. They will be priced from $2500 to $4000.  Burenda manager Jonathan Schmidt said the graduated Angus content of the Brangus breed provided bull buyers with choices that they can tailor to suit their environmental and commercial needs.

“In the future,more young cattle will move south from the north and west. This is the reason that well-informed operators will turn to producing a product with a higher Angus content,” Jonathan said.  “It is an opportunity not to be missed and Burenda Blacks can play a profitable part in the industry.”  Jonathan said fertility was an important component in Burenda’s breeding programs, and they have had excellent feedback from buyers of the bulls.

“Equally important are the growth traits and carcass quality traits, and we strongly believe these are the factors which provide our clients with the extra money when they sell their cattle. “The bulls are grown on leucaena and grass and finished on oats. Silage is fed to even out periods when the other feed is limited. We aim to grow our animals at a steady consistent rate so that at 24 months, the bulls have averaged 1.1kg per day for whole of life.

“Females must produce a calf on the ground by 25months of age – no second chances. Following this practice we now have a herd of highly fertile breeders.

“Heifers are bred to two rounds of AI. Mop-up sires are run with the females for two cycles. In today’s business and commercial world, we are confronted with the term ‘productivity’ by politicians and the media at every turn. Our firm belief is that to beef producers this is nothing new.”

Queensland Country Life 4th July 2013