Cattle-crazy Columbian sees how Aussies do it

ON SHOW: Bruce Childs shows Colombian visitor Mauricio Moreno Roa their bull, Glenlands Patterson.
ON SHOW: Bruce Childs shows Colombian visitor Mauricio Moreno Roa their bull, Glenlands Patterson. Kathleen Calderwood

MAURICIO Moreno Roa said he's cattle crazy.

The Colombian cattleman's herd includes red and grey brahmans, holsteins and brown swiss.

He also runs a company, Sexing Technologies, which produces sexed semen.

He was among the 160 South American visitors who spent two days in the beef capital last week visiting Paradise Lagoons, Glenlands at Bouldercombe, Brett Nobbs at Inverrio and Peter and Simone Lawrie at Esher.

He said he'd found the experience very interesting as it was his first time in Australia.

"A lot of these people are actually involved with cattle in the same type of conditions," Mr Roa said.

"We'd probably say we've got a lot of similarities between the two countries... we like to compare and see what they can use and adapt and change, so we can motivate (people) to have some different ideas on their minds.

"(We are) also able to share our own experiences, so hopefully sometimes it works both ways."

While at Glenlands the visitors were given a talk about the droughtmaster breed, nutrition, reproductive technologies and about the Glenlands Stud.

There were also plenty of bulls to look at which had been earmarked for the South American markets.

The South Americans were treated to a feed of local beef and prawns, topped off with ice cream made from local mangoes and custard apples.

With a herd of about 26 million head, most of which are Bos Indicus influence brahman type cattle, Mr Roa said Colombians were proactive about bringing new genetics into the country.

"In a country like Colombia people are always looking for something better," he said.

"A lot of people are looking for genetics that could be helpful for them to widen up the genetic base for improvement of the cattle.

Mr Roa said the problem in Colombia was there weren't genetic options available.

"People who work with brahman cattle and people who work with small breeds, we do have a very big problem on our hands and that is we don't have a wide range of genetic options," he said.

Topics:  cattle livestock

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