PRODUCERS looking to increase beef and milk production in their commercial or stud herds will have the opportunity to purchase genetics from some of the top Fleckvieh studs in Australia with a multi-vendor sale at the Royal Canberra Show.
The dual-purpose breed will be showcased at the event for the first time as the feature breed of the cattle section, and breed representatives have taken the opportunity to offer stock while showcasing the benefits of breeding with Fleckvieh genetics.
Cattle from 10 Fleckvieh studs – Wondenia and Denmire, Gilgandra; Koorinook, Cudgewa, Victoria; Eando, Cootamundra; The Lodge, Trunkey Creek; Karova, Caffreys Flat; Daraabah and Glenanna, Dubbo; Midlands, Crookwell; Medway Park, Dubbo; Kalkite Park, Jindabyne; Benmar Farm, Hannam Vale – will be available, with 10 bulls, 11 females and seven genetic lots catalogued.
Among the bulls offered is Darrabah Lad, a 31-month-old son of Newlands Finnigan and Tennysonvale Elite which was the supreme Fleckvieh exhibit at last year’s Royal Canberra show and recently received the silver medal in the international Simmental/Fleckvieh Champion of the World competition.
Another outstanding bull is Daraabah Mojo, a 23-month-old that took home the supreme Fleckvieh exhibit at the 2017 Royal Queensland Show.
Sale organiser and vendor Max Dench said the sale was a great opportunity for commercial and stud producers to purchase top genetics from quality Fleckvieh studs.
“The breed is growing steadily and we’ve got cattle going into more commercial operations, especially to weaner producers who are looking for early growth that comes with the milking ability of the Fleckvieh breed,” Mr Dench said.
At one of last year’s Wodonga weaner sales, five to seven-month-old Fleckvieh weaner steers from Russell and Ruth McKelvey, Koorinook Fleckvieh, sold for 440 cents a kilogram. They averaged 264 kilograms and made $1160 a head.
“They’re great as weaners – you can sell them anywhere from seven to 10 months – and there are still good markets for them as grown cattle,” Mr Dench.
Buyers can bid in person or online, with the sale being interfaced with Elite Livestock Auctions.
“We’re going to open the online sale a few days prior to the event.
“That will give us access to more buyers and even if you’re not bidding, it’s a good opportunity to have a look at the breed.”
The sale will be held at 6pm on Saturday, February 24, in show ring one, following the cattle competition.