The 168 bulls being offered in the Te Mania Angus autumn on-property bull sale on March 6 dominate the high-performance EBVs across the board.
Te Mania Angus co-director Tom Gubbins said with the stud’s primary goal of providing a genetic boost to client herds with cutting-edge genetic material, you had to have market-leading figures to deliver that. He also said the right genetic profile can increase profitable high quality beef production with “exceptional EBVs and $Indexes”.
“For example, in the critical Angus Breeding Index, 98 per cent of the bulls catalogued for March 6 are above the breed average Angus Breeding Index, which is +114,” Tom said. “This identifies genetic differences between animals that will improve overall profitability in the majority of commercial grass and grain finishing beef production systems.
“For the Heavy Grain Index, 99 per cent of our sale bulls exceed the breed average, and for the Heavy Grass Index 95 per cent exceed the breed average. When it comes to marbling, the processing industry benchmark for carcase quality, 98 per cent of the catalogue outperforms the breed average IMF of +1.7. In growth, 90 per cent of this year’s autumn on-property sale are above the breed average in 600-day weight (+106), 400-day (+81) and 200-day (+45).”
Tom said the high rank of the Te Mania Angus sale bulls across the EBV table and for $Indexes show Te Mania Angus are producing exactly what the market wants, which means genetic boost at the conception end and profitability on the bottom line.
He added that backing up those figures was the Te Mania Angus commitment to breeding sound, docile, highly fertile cattle with calving ease and high growth rates, and an emphasis on carcase quality to help commercial clients meet the strict market specifications.
“Our sires are progeny tested under Australia commercial conditions and our herd stands the test of commercial rigour with all Te Mania Angus cattle – bulls and females – run in large mobs under commercial conditions. The herd has been independently assessed for structure since 1994.”
Complementing the breeding strategy, Tom said the sustainable farming program at the Te Mania Angus Mortlake headquarters was ensuring their land was improved for generations to come. He said as a pioneer of the breed’s shift, first to objective measurement, and consistently to the latest in research and technology, had played a big role in the success of the business.
“The establishment of the Team Te Mania progeny testing program, which now embraces a coalition of 40 herds across SA, Victoria, NSW and Queensland, has ensured the genetics we produce are well down the proven path.”