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Bazadaise and brangus stud is on a winner

SUCCESS: Rodney Johannesen with some of this year’s drop of polled Bazadaise calves.
SUCCESS: Rodney Johannesen with some of this year’s drop of polled Bazadaise calves. Contributed

WHEN something has been successful it is worth trying again.

Such is the case with Rodney and Karen Johannesen who run bazadaise and brangus stud cattle herds on their property at Malagra.

The success has been with property open days and cattle catalogue sales where all cattle are open for inspection under commercial conditions.

Mr Johannesen said that all cattle weee priced to meet the market.

This year's open day will be held on Saturday and will highlight the development of polled bazadaise cattle, while still retaining all the carcass and quality characteristics of the breed.

Folkslee devoted 18 years of selective breeding to introduce polled genetics into the breed.

The first polled female was bred in 2005, and this was followed five years later by the first genetically and DNA tested bazadaise polled bull.

Mr Johannesen said that that bull, F Frontier is throwing over 90% polled calves.

Three unrelated polled lines are being introduced to expand and develop this valuable genetic trait.

Folkslee bazadaise have been outstandingly successful in the show ring,' winning the bulk of the broad ribbons for the breed.

In the 2013 RNA interbreed judging, with 21 breeds involved, F. Geisha was champion female and F. Filter was fifth in the bull class.

Mr Johannesen said the breeding process had been slow and they've had many challenges on the way, but the use of DNA had meant faster results and the first Folkslee polled bazadaise genetics would be released on to the market soon.

The brangus stud was introduced in 2007 for the breed's natural hardiness and ability to do well in tough conditions.

Crossing the two breeds has proven to be good for the commercial grazier.

This year bazadaise cross yearlings will be offered ready for slaughter for the home freezer, and to get a taste of what you are getting there will be a bazadaise steak barbecue lunch. Morning tea will also be provided.

Contact can be made at rodney.jo@bigpond.com.

Topics:  cattle livestock stud


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