WANDOAN Santa Gertrudis Bull Sale supporters and newlyweds Ted and Catherine Perrett run an EU accredited self-replacing crossbred breeding herd across two properties in the Taroom and Wandoan districts.
Santa gertrudis provides a solid base for the Perretts, as the country they run varies from lighter cypress pine country on their Taroom property through to premium brigalow and softwood scrub country at their home block Bottle Tree Hills at Wandoan.
Their 500-head breeder herd is supplementary fed through dry lick year-round on the lighter country and control mated over the summer months, with annual preg testing taking place in April when the weaners are taken off. Any empty cows are subsequently fattened and sold.
"The cows need to be hardy and the santa base helps with that,” Mr Perrett said.
"If we want some more grunt we can put a euro breed like charolais over them or if we need some more fat to help make them grade we will use a British breed like an angus over them and try and capture some hybrid vigour also.”
Their steers and cull heifers are grown out and finished on Bottle Tree Hills, targeting the EU market aiming at a dressed weight of 300kg and over.
"Most prime stock are turned off an annual planting of 500 acres of forage oats, with the tail end finished off buffel grass in the summer,” Mrs Perrett said.
If the season falls short, the couple will sell their stock into the feedlot.
"Which hasn't been a bad option for us either,” she said.
Annual bull testing carried out in August determines how many bulls are required to be purchased for the following mating season.
"We buy most of our bulls at local sales,” Mr Perrett said.
He said he had been happy with the value for money in the bulls that he had purchased from the Wandoan Santa Gertrudis Sale in previous years.
The sale will be held on September 19 at the Wandoan Showgrounds from 2.30pm.
Seventy bulls will be offered for sale, with free delivery to some surrounding areas.
For more information visit www.wandoansgbullsale.com.au or find their page on Facebook.
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