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December 2015 - Bulls now all sold

We are very grateful for the support of new and repeat bull buyers through the last twelve months.  We have now sold all the bulls we had available.
We are very happy with how this year's bulls are coming along.  They will be available for sale in the paddock after they are semen tested in late July/early August. They will be sold fully vaccinated.  After preparation only on our native pastures they will be ready to work. Please contact us to discuss your requirements and arrange an inspection.

June 2015 - Toogoolawah Show

Toogoolawah Show once again cemented its position as one of the largest and hotly contested Prime Cattle Shows in SE Qld over the weekend. With 360 head drawn from the Arcadia Valley down to Goondiwindi, the yarding was once again dominated by the European breeds so prevalent in our area. We were thrilled to see our purebred cattle win & place in the following classes judged by Scott Dunlop, Dunlop Santa Gertrudis, Proston.

1st : Pen of 3 Pasture Fed Heifers with no more than 2 Teeth
1st : Pen of 3 Pasture Fed Steers/Bullocks with no more than 2 Teeth
2nd : Pen of 3 Pasture Fed Steers/Bullocks owned & bred by the Exhibitor
2nd : Single Pasture Fed Steer with no more than 2 Teeth
3rd : Pasture Fed Heifer with no more than 2 Teeth
3rd : Single Pasture Fed Steer with 6 or more Teeth
Our Pen of Three exhibits pictured, delighted that the two pens of steers and one pen of speyed heifers all placed.

May 2015 – Weaning & More Pregtest Results

190 cows and their calves in the yard overnight. Cows pregtested this morning and taken back to their paddocks, leaving bellowing babies behind.
It was a mixed mob being pregtested from 2 paddocks. The mob included 99 first calf heifers who always do it a bit tougher so we're happy with the 87% pregtest achieved after a 12 week joining that included a dry start.

May 2015 - More MSA Compliance

24 steers sent down to JBS came back at an average dressed weight of 286kg HSCW with 23 of the steers grading MSA. A compliance rate of 96%. The steers were mostly two tooth with one four tooth and two milk tooth.
Industry statistics suggest a national MSA compliance rate of 93%, this would include a large percentage of Grainfed cattle and British bred cattle which the MSA grid treats more favourably. We are thrilled to be getting these results with purebred Droughtmasters off grass.

May 2015 - Esk Show

Another very successful Esk Show prime cattle competition for us. With 140 head yarded, we were delighted to see judge Noel Grant, formerly of GDL Stock & Station Agents, give the nod to our purebred Droughtmasters. The yarding was once again dominated number wise by the European breeds so prevalent in our area, great to see our Droughties up there with the best. All of our cattle were grassfed this year, results as follows :


RESERVE CHAMPION GRASS FED FEMALE (2 tooth heifer) sold for $1,350 (weight 590kg)
RESERVE CHAMPION GRASS FED STEER (2 tooth steer) sold for $1,300 (weight 562kg)
CHAMPION GRASS FED PEN (6 tooth bullocks) sold for an av $1,570 (weight 646kg)
RESERVE CHAMPION GRASS FED PEN (4 tooth bullocks) sold for an av $1,380 (weight 582kg)
MOST SUCCESSFUL GRASSFED EXHIBITOR
1st & 2nd : Prime Heifer showing no permanent teeth
2nd : Prime Heifer showing no more than 2 teeth
1st : Prime Heifer showing no more than 4 teeth
1st : Prime Cow over 570kg
1st : Pen of 3 Heifers showing no more than 4 permanent teeth
1st : Prime Steer showing no permanent teeth
2nd : Prime Steer showing no more than 2 permanent teeth
1st : Prime Bullock showing no more than 4 permanent teeth
1st : Prime Bullock showing 6 or more teeth
1st : Prime Bullock (over 580kg) bred & owned by exhibitor showing no more than 6 teeth
1st : Pen of 3 Bullocks showing no more than 4 teeth, bred & owned by exhibitor
1st : Pen of 3 Bullocks showing no more than 6 teeth, suitable for export market
We were also extremely happy to see the strong sale. Our top priced animal (pictured) was the winner of the 6 tooth bred & owned class with a weight of 746kg he returned $1,720. The sale remained strong throughout which was very pleasing for all exhibitors.

April 2015 – Maiden Heifers Pregtest

First lot of pregtesting complete! 93% of our maiden heifers are PTIC after an eight week joining.
We join the maiden heifers for a shorter time period as a way of containing our breeder numbers, with any empty female culled, it also puts extra emphasis on the fertility in our herd ensuring only the most fertile females progress through into our breeder herd. This season we joined 106 maiden heifers, we had already culled heifers at weaning on type and temperament. Today only 7 heifers were empty, an official pregtest result of 93.3% in calf which we are delighted with particularly as the start of the joining period was dry after only 8mm in September, 7mm in October and 32mm in November. The bulls, joined at a rate of 5%, were in for 8 weeks from late October.
The rest of the breeders have a strict 12 week joining, we allow a slightly longer time as they are rearing calves, those without live calves at the time of joining are culled. Bulls are joined at a rate of 3% in the breeder herd. We will start pregtesting the breeders in May when we will wean their calves.

March 2015 – Grassfed Heifers Grading MSA

Mt Brisbane Droughtmaster Stud, QueenslandMt Brisbane Droughtmaster Stud, QueenslandWe have made a change in recent years, instead of selling our cull weaner heifers we have decided to spay them and fatten with our bullocks.  This was the first year of selling these heifers and we were delighted with their MSA compliance.

We sent 24 purebred heifers down to Swifts. The majority of the heifers were two tooth with five milk tooth heifers amongst them.  They dressed out at an average 231.4kg HSCW with 21 of the heifers grading MSA, a compliance rate of 87.5%.  Industry statistics suggest a national MSA compliance of 93% with the majority of these cattle being grainfed. We are delighted to achieve 87.5% with our heifers on native pastures.

March 2015 : Pakistan Government & Industry Delegation Visit

Mt Brisbane Droughtmasters Stud Pakistan delegation visitWe were very fortunate to host a visit by a Government & Industry delegation from Pakistan. The group was a mix of Government representatives including the Federal Minister for National Food Security & Research; Chief Minister Balochistan; Director General, NAPHIS, Ministry of National Food Security & Research; other Civil Servants, Industry Officials and Farmers.

The 12 day tour of Australian Agriculture had taken them from Melbourne in the south through to their last day of farm visits with us.  The group have visited an array of industries including Dairy, Wool, Cotton, Buffalos and Beef. They were looking at ways of improving productivity in their own farms and were keen to meet and visit Australian farmers.

They were interested in seeing the Droughtmaster breed as they have similar issues with ticks and drought and were most interested in seeing a Tropical Breed of cattle. We were able to show the delegation weaners, maiden heifers, first calf heifers and our young stud bulls. Of course no international delegation visit to Mt Brisbane is complete without photo opportunities with our Emu, koalas and kangaroos.

Many thanks to Grant Vinning, International Marketing Specialist, Pakistan for organising this visit. Grant is very familiar with the breed from many years ago working on international marketing for the breed with John Boydell, former Executive Secretary for the Droughtmaster Society. More photos from the visit are on our Facebook page.

February 2015 - Bulls now all sold

We are very grateful for the support of new and repeat bull buyers through the last twelve months.  We have now sold all the bulls we had available with the final two sold and delivered last week to two new buyers in the local area.

We are very happy with how this year's bulls are coming along.  They will be available for sale in the paddock after they are semen tested in late July/early August. They will be sold fully vaccinated.  After preparation only on our native pastures they will be ready to work. Please contact us to discuss your requirements and arrange an inspection.