MT CHARLIE RED ANGUS, MACEDON RANGES, VICTORIA
YOUNG Victorian stud Mt Charlie Red Angus will have two bulls for sale at Dubbo.
The stud, owned by Paul Rathbone and Michael Seifried, was established five years ago, after the pair moved from Melbourne to a 32-hectare property in the Macedon Ranges.
They've been showing Red Angus cattle for the past four years, mainly at the Royal Melbourne Show.
Mr Rathbone said they're slowly building the stud with guidance from a number of experts in the industry, including Rachael Wheeler at RDM Angus, Wellington.
"People in the industry have been very generous with their time and willing to share their advice and experience," he said.
"We've been using artificial insemination and now added embryo transfer mainly using Canadian genetics, as a means of building our herd more quickly.
"We're very selective in terms of the sires we're looking at, focusing on structure and case quality, with great temperament. With our ET program we're also looking at building up the strength of the maternal lines in the herd. Our aim is to build a top-quality stud through selective breeding."
The two Mt Charlie bulls are lot nine, Mt Charlie Red Rufus, by Red Lazy MC Spyder 149A from Mt Charlie Rose Sensation, and Mt Charlie Red Ragnar, son of Red Flying W Maroon Five 155Z and Mt Charlie Lucy Sensation.
H&M CATTLE CO, COWRA, NSW
CATHERINE McGoldrick and the Haines family will be vendors at the national sale for the first time after buying females there in 2016 and 2018.
The 2016 Heartland cow, the foundation female of the Red Angus stud, has had a big impact in the growth of the herd.
"She had a heifer calf on her, and had two more heifers after that, then we flushed her and got 18 A-grade embryos at the beginning of this year, after being through the drought," Mrs McGoldrick said.
Other genetics have come from Goondoola, Annandale, Moorwatha and Jindelliston Park Red Angus studs.
The stud is selling 20-month-old Jindelliston Park Nutcracker N13, a T&R Judgement Day J36 son that was off a cow bought at the 2018 national sale.
"He's a really meaty bull with good growth, and his temperament is incredible," Mrs McGoldrick said.
"He was grand champion bull at Bathurst Show and hadn't be handled since the national show the previous year."
ELLENDALE SIMMENTALS, LOWOOD, QLD
ELLENDALE stud has been producing top quality red Simmental cattle for the past 39 years, but this year they'll make their debut at the Red Angus/Simmental National Show and Sale at Dubbo.
The south east Queensland stud, owned and run by John and Carol Pocock and Travis and Julie Iseppi has sold bulls for more than 37 years across four states, with the last 13 years being privately, and they've had plenty of success in the show ring.
"We've got a couple of pretty special lots, which is why we wanted to sell at Dubbo," Mrs Iseppi said.
"We'll have the calf (18-month-old Ellendale Jimmy Choo, by Ellendale Stylin' A Ladies Man from Ellendale Red Supermodel) off the champion of champions female at EKKA last year, and he has five grand champion females at royal level in his pedigree.
"We also have another couple of really handy bulls that we think a lot of.
"We know it's going to be a tough season but thought we'd come with four top lots to spark some interest, because people should still be investing in good genetics."
The other bulls are Ellendale Stylish Addiction, by Ellendale Stylish Influence, Ellendale Predestined Flare, by MRL Predestined 63B, and 32-month-old Kuntz Sheriff son, Ellendale Blings Red Lawman.
"He's a super low birthweight bull, and he'll be the first Sheriff bull to be offered for auction in Australia," Mrs Iseppi said.
Ellendale stud is very selective with its breeding program, using Australian and imported genetics through embryo transfer and artificial insemination across the whole herd.
The family operation focuses on cattle that are structurally sound, with improved calving ease for use over heifers, strong growth rates and hardiness to handle any country.
"We look to produce 10 to 20 bulls a year, focusing on the best quality rather than the bigger numbers, and the majority of our bulls go north, so they've got to be hardy," Mrs Iseppi said.
"We're very selective in our genetics to stick with what our commercial buyers are looking for."