at 11am (inspection from 9am)
The Bongongo Angus Autumn Bull sale on Monday May 21st will be conducted by the Helmsman Auction System. This system combined the best of auction and private treaty sales systems. It is a safer environment for both our clients and our bulls.
All our bull sales are conducted by Elders Gundagai with Steve Ridley Elders Stud Stock Goulburn 0407483108 as the auctioneer. Please join us for a complimentary morning tea and BBQ lunch.
We pride ourselves on our excellent after sales service so please contact us if you have any problems.
Over the last year we have decided to use GENOMIC testing (Zoetis i50k test) to enhance our EBV accuracy and check the parentage of all our sale bulls. This is a great advance to develop our Breedplan EBV’s into an even better world leading program.
Remember all our bulls are sold veterinary inspected and in fit working order
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 .
Our bulls are sold in their”working clothes.” They are not given any special treatment which we believe prepares them for the conditions under which they need to perform.
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. They are our backbone. 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 veterinarian 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.
The ability for breeders to select for key traits through scanning has been the single biggest development over the last 20 years giving breeders an enormous benefit for carcass selection traits. Leading Angus sires who fit these criteria are used extensively through artificial breeding to improve the genetics of our herd and our clients herds! The importance of MARBLING(IMF) is back on the agenda as the red meat sector moves through genetics and nutrition to supply improved eating quality and increased value down the chain. The consumer is becoming more educated, demanding and able to afford and our breed is in a tremendous position to take advantage of their requirements.