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Ascot set for new sale

NEW EVENT: Ascot Angus and Charolais stud owner Jim Wedge is set for his first autumn bull and heifer sale.
NEW EVENT: Ascot Angus and Charolais stud owner Jim Wedge is set for his first autumn bull and heifer sale. Contributed

ASCOT Charolais and Angus has been the talk of the cattle industry recently and producers will soon have their chance to see what all the fuss is about.

Ascot has made two record bull buys in the past 12 months, most recently picking up an $85,000 angus from Nampara stud at Penola in South Australia.

Ascot owner Jim Wedge said the stud was holding its first March sale featuring 50 bulls and about 70 joined heifers.

He said it had been a pretty fair season at his property, North Toolburra, just outside of Warwick, with just enough rains to keep the pastures in shape.

A second property in Glen Innes gave him a little more flexibility during dry years and the stud had grown nicely in recent years.

Mr Wedge said there were a few reasons behind the decision to create a second annual sale.

"We normally have an annual sale in September, but this is the first time we're having an autumn sale,” he said.

"Clients need bulls at different times of the year, plus the herd is getting bigger, so we've got enough bulls to do the two sales.

"We had a very successful sale in September, but this will probably be a bit lower because there won't be quite the buyer competition.”

He said it would take a while to build it to the same level as the September sale and buyers might get a chance to pick up one of the stud's premium bulls and heifers earlier in the year when prices could be slightly more favourable.

Mr Wedge said the breeding program at Ascot was aimed towards an MSA approach, targeting temperament, calving ease, early weight for age, fertility, finishing ability and eating qualities.

At each step of the way, data was recorded so there was information on birth weights, 200, 400, 600 day weights and fat and marbling scan results on all animals.

He said the majority of the rising two-year-old heifers would be in calf to the top stud bulls and was offering free delivery to many parts of Queensland and northern New South Wales to help producers out.

The Ascot Angus and Charolais sale will be held on March 24 at North Toolburra near Warwick from 1pm.

For a copy of the stud catalogue or for more information visit ascotcattle.com.au.

Mr Wedge said hard copies were also available by calling 0419 714 652.

Topics:  ascot angus and charolais


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