Our Autumn Bull sale on Monday, 23rd May 2016 will again be a Helmsman auction system with Steve Ridley Elders Stud Stock the auctioneer. We believe this is an excellent selling system combining the best of the private treaty and auction selling systems. Further information is available here on how a Helmsman Auction runs.
Download 2016 AUTUMN SALE CATALOGUE
Download 2016 EBVs SUMMARY SHEET
Outcross sires include Matauri Reality 839 (NZ), Matauri Resolution F030 (NZ), Special Focus 504 and AAA Ten X. Also on offer are 6 sons by Karoo Generator G220 (Impressive Phenotype), 5 sons by Millwillah Gatsby G279 (Great Balance), 4 sons by Bongongo H171 (Top price Bull Helmsman sale 2014). Lot 1 in this sale Bongongo K144 is an outstanding stud sire prospect with great figures who we used in our herd spring 2015.
Download summary of SALE HIGHLIGHTS
This group of sale bulls compared to breed average – 76% above for Angus Breeding Index, 79% above for Domestic Feed Index, 81% above for Heavy Grass, 74% for Heavy Grain Index. 81% Below for Birth Weight, 83% above for calving ease direct (CED), 79% below for days to calving (DC), 90% Above for Milk, 60% Above for Eye Muscle Area(EMA), 88% Above for IMF (Marbling), 74% for positive RIB FAT (RIB), 97% Above for 400 & 600 Day for MCW ie Moderate cow size! Remember all our bulls are sold veterinary inspected and in fit working order! This sale will be conducted by Elders Gundagai. We will have a complementary morning tea and BBQ lunch sponsored by Rabobank.
Our Breeding Objectives
At Bongongo we understand the key profit drivers of our commercial clients with fertility the most important. The Bongongo bulls are given rigorous pre sale veterinary breeding soundness examination (VBBSE) followed in subsequent years by an annual VBBSE where possible. This should be a sale industry standard to maximise bull fertility and protect buyers from poor reproductive performance .
All young Bongongo bulls and heifers are are run in large contemporary groups, off grass and bred to perform in this cold, temperate environment Selection for fertility is matched by those Breedplan EBV’s that affect this trait especially calving ease, gestation length, importance of positive rib and rump fat (as proven by the CRC project) to aid selection of AI sires used in the herd. These sires tend to complement the key research from the Beef CRC Maternal Productivity project released proving the importance of higher rib fat depth heifers. They have up to 8% better conception rates compared to those with lower RIB FAT EBV’S. This supports what has been obvious to me for years standing behind many females. It is more obvious in the tougher years and equates to the critical importance of fertility (reproductive rate) and its effect on your enterprise profitability. It was also pleasing to note that selection for higher EMA had no effect on heifer conception rate.
The emphasis at Bongongo has always been in the strength of the female herd. Bongongo females have been carefully selected for fertility, milking ability, structural soundness and length. The progeny of these cows are today in high demand by feedlots for steer calves plus commanding premium for surplus female lines. Not much has changed in 35 years as a cattle vet as fertility remains the key profit driver in your cattle breeding business and matching your herd to your environment is critical. The importance of genetic diversity in the Bongongo Stud is well recognised especially with our veterinary training to limit the impacts on future production due to inbreeding. The effects of recessive genetic traits especially AM, NH & CA and recently DD bears testimony to the dangers of the reliance of using the genetics of some bulls too heavily.
We have a selection of both Stud and Commercial Females for sale now. Please contact us for details!
Bongongo Angus welcomes private sales (both bulls and females) as required. Finally we pride ourselves on our excellent after sales service so please contact us if you have any problems. Thank you for you interest and support Bill, Shauna and Tom Graham