Bongongo Angus would like to congratulate Paul Ferry Abingdon Station Nangus, and his manager Gary Williamson, who hosted the largest on-property weaner sale in June (2016) selling 1,192 nine to ten month old Angus weaners to average an impressive $1046.
Mr Ferry purchased 5 bulls to average $11,900 including the equal top priced bull at our 2015 Spring sale. He has been a return client here at Bongongo for many years.
This result shows the importance of excellent reproductive management, high fertility and a tight calving span.
Well done Paul and Gary!
Long term supporters of Bongongo Angus, are the Harris family from “Springvale” Coolac. Originally they ran Poll Herefords until the late 1990’s, they were early to recognise the changing market and the superior carcase traits of Angus cattle.
When selecting replacement sires, Graeme and Robbie Harris said they were looking for bulls with correct structure, early maturity and calving ease. “We like low birth weight for our heifer bulls. Our aim is to get a live calf. And we consider 400 and 600 day weight, eye muscle area and marbling in the bulls. We also chose Bongongo for their temperament and conformation, especially good in the feet.”
When classing their replacement heifers, the father and son duo, Graeme and Robbie, concentrate on maternal traits, especially fertility and milking ability, conformation and temperament. “We normally get four to five years from our bulls and we still have an eight year old performing as well as anything we have ever had,” Robbie Harris said.
We are particularly excited that Bongongo Bulletproof is currently ranked in the top 1% of Breedplan’s highly regarded composite selection index – the Long Fed-CAAB Index. This index targets pasture grown steers with a 270 day feedlot finishing period for the high quality, high marbled Japanese export market and places significant emphasis on marbling and 600 day growth.
We are particularly pleased that Bulletproof’s semen has been used in several leading herds in Australia and New Zealand with excellent results and his sons have been selling very well. If you are looking for a bull to lift the performance of your herd, contact us for licenced SEMEN..
Some pleasing news from the 2009 Royal Easter Show in Sydney with a steer by Bongongo NGX 237 awarded Reserve Champion Steer in the Steer & Carcase competition (middle weight section). The steer was out of a commercial cow and was exhibited at the Show by Paul Ferry, Abingdon Station Gundagai. The steer carried 10mm on the rump and 8mm on the rib.
The reserve champion middle weight steer by Bongongo 237. Exhibited by Abingdon Station and led by Vivienne Lindley.