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QUEENSLAND Country Life’s popular Beef Week 2013 will be an important day for the Kaimkillenbun-based Burenda Angus Stud. They have chosen the day to launch their ‘Burenda Blacks’ breed of Bos Indicus-infused Black Angus cattle. 

Their open day will begin at 8.30am, with Federal Member for Maranoa Bruce Scott launching the ‘blacks’ at 11am.

Manager Jonathan Schmidt said it would be a fitting occasion to have Mr Scott officiate, given that he started his working life as a jackeroo on Burenda Station at Augathella in 1965.

“Our open day is always a special event for Burenda Angus at Dalby Downs,” Jonathan said. “This year will be no exception with over 1100 head of cattle on display, including 130 Angus bulls catalogued to sell at Roma on August 28. The bulls will have their catalogue lot numbered ear tags and will be displayed in small mobs for easy inspection. The draft is made up of 75, two-year olds, 50, 18-month-olds and five yearlings”.  

Jonathan said the bulls were run on grass and leucaena and had been on oats for the past several weeks.  Pens of autumn cows and calves will be displayed, together with several hundred spring-calving heifers and cows. Selected PTIC heifers to calve in late July and August will be offered for sale on the day, along with some Angus and Brangus paddock bulls.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to inspect next year’s sale bulls in their working clothes while they are on oats,” Jonathan said.

Other attractions at the open day will include:  John Chapman of SEQ Genetics, who will be flushing some donor cows providing a commentary and question and answer session. He will also be demonstrating Burenda’s latest preg-scanning equipment and sexing some of the calves in utero.

Dalby Rural Supplies will have extensive displays of equipment and supplies with representatives on site all day.

Astute cattlemen will be invited to assess the weight of a yearling Angus heifer with the winner receiving $1000 credit at the stud’s Roma sale on August 28. The heifer will be independently weighed by GDL at 3.30pm.

Bulls line up for Roma

The good season experienced this year at Dalby Downs hasn’t been shared equally throughout the state – a harsh reality well recognised by Burenda stud principal Jonathan Schmidt.

 For this reason, Jonathan will offer relaxed terms at this year’s Burenda bull sale at Roma on August 28 for buyers who purchase volume numbers or come from drought-declared areas.   For buyers of two or more bulls, extended terms will be offered – half down and half in six months.  Buyers located in a drought-declared area will have the six-month terms extended to 12 months, with no interest billed in either case.   Additionally, there will be a discount to buyers of two or more bulls on a sliding scale – 2 percent for two bulls and up to 10pc for 10 bulls. 

“These are genuine offers by Burenda to help our clients in this difficult year,” Jonathan said.  Next month’s sale at Roma Saleyards will see 120 Burenda bulls offered, including 65, two-year-old bulls, 50, 18-month-old bulls and five yearling bulls.  Jonathan said the draft represented a great mix  for buyers who prefer to grow their acquisitions in their own environment before joining.

 “It’s a great way to obtain top bloodlines for a minimal outlay,” he said.  At our Roma sale last year, more than 30pc of the bulls sold for less than $4000, and this year we are expecting there will be a considerable number of very good bulls sold for between $3000 and $4000.”

About half of this year’s offering are by the top Te Mania sires in Australia. Bulls sired by Te Mania Berkley B1 and Te Mania Africa A217 consistently average $8000 to $10,000 at the Te Mania bull sales.   “Te Mania Angus test  thousands of animals through their ‘Team Te Mania’ program, and it is the benefit of this tremendous exercise that is available to buyers of Burenda bulls that are sired by the likes of Berkley and Africa,” Jonathan said.

“It is a wonderful opportunity for buyers to acquire the sons of these great sires at half the price in Roma. And for those buyers seeking USA bloodlines, there are some stand-out sons of Mohnen Dynamite, Sitz Jackson 431T, Gar Solution and TC Franklin 619.”

The ages of the bulls are also varied this year, ranging from 12 to 25 months. About half of this year’s catalogue are two-year-olds. The balance are 17 to 19 months, with about five yearlings.  All bulls presented at the sale have been treated  with Pestigard 7-in-1, botulism, three-day sickness and vibrio vaccines, as well as tested for tick fever, treated for lice and declared pestivirus free.  All bulls have been semen tested and passed satisfactorily for soundness by John Chapman of SEQ Genetics.

Queensland Country Life 4th July 2013