Ironbark Herefords

42nd Annual Bull Sale 28th August 2015

    Adrian & Wendy Spencer
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Barraba NSW 2347



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 The Ironbark Stud is in its 82nd year and this will be our 42nd Annual Bull Sale, a milestone in the beef cattle industry in Australia.

What a difference a year makes; the cattle market is at an all time high, the future looks bright for the beef industry and for agriculture in general. The season is in much better shape and continuing to improve so good times ahead. I attended Beef Week in Rockhampton in May; 85,000 beef enthusiasts from Australia and around the world attended the event over 6 days. It was certainly an uplifting experience. If the market and opportunities are half as good as what they say, it will be very good.

I brought back a high degree of confidence in the Ironbark program after meeting with feedlotters and processors throughout the
week; they certainly like the consistency of the Ironbark blood cattle. They continually tell me “don’t change what you’re doing because consistent performance in the feedlot and processing sectors is where the profitability lies.” Recently I went to the launch of JBS Great Southern grass fed brand at their newly acquired Scone facility. It’s a brand that will suit Hereford cattle. They source 3000 cattle a week and kill at their Brooklyn facility in Melbourne VIC and their Scone facility in NSW, for this particular grass fed brand which is exported into the US. They have a sensible animal welfare farm accreditation where calves are to be dehorned under 5 months of age. (See JBS Great Southern ad in this catalogue)

Significant numbers of Ironbark bred feeder steers end up at the Whyalla feedlot at Texas in QLD. Ironbark has a very good relationship with this particular feedlot. I strongly encourage producers, if they’re not already EU accredited, to look into it as the premiums are mostly 20c above the normal feeder rate (see Whyalla ad in this catalogue).

This year I would encourage you to trade your old bulls in, they are worth between $2000 and $3000 in the fat market, and invest in a younger bull with fresh genetics.

30 sires are represented in the catalogue so a very large gene pool of genetics is on offer. Be very careful not to outcross for the sake of outcross; that is the quickest way you can lose uniformity and consistency in your program. Look at the consistency Holden and Cooper have bred into their world renowned herds by continually stacking the pedigrees with genetics that they are familiar with.

New sires: HH Advance 0002X, HH Advance 1098Y and HH Advance 0132X have some outstanding bulls in the sale. They’re uniform and consistent and backed up by one of the top Hereford cow herds in the world. They are real world cattle with great EBVs and Phenotype. 0002X sons sold up to $80,000 at Holden’s record breaking 2014 sale. They deliver calving ease, growth, carcass and eye appeal. HH Advance 9169W and HH Advance 7101T are having a major impact on our female herd. You’ll see a number of outstanding bulls in the sale out of cows by these bulls.

New Australian sires this year are Mawarra Yesteryear, purchased at Hereford National for $30,000 and Wallan Creek Victory Blend who was purchased for $11,000. Both bulls have done an outstanding job.

Ironbark uses the bloodlines of Montana-based studs Cooper and Holden, both worldwide industry leaders. Being older programs, they’ve got a lot of depth to their breeding. Both the Holden and Cooper programs have tremendous uniformity – their cattle all breed the same. Both studs concentrated on birth weight and maternal traits. They’ve been measuring birth weight for every animal on each side of the pedigree for 40 years. If you buy out of a uniform program with a very strong cow base you’ll win and improve your cattle. If it’s a shallow cow base, that’s how a bull is going to produce, even if he looks unreal. You’ve got to have the cow in mind as much as the progeny. If you get your females right, the rest will follow.

We feed a significant number of our own steers and Ironbark-blood steers for the domestic and export trade and we have a lot of information on carcase assessment of these bloodlines. The results are outstanding, giving us full confidence to push ahead with the program.

Consistency is key to our breeding decisions. Throughout the draft there are many quality low birth weight heifer bulls. We urge producers to use good bulls on their heifers as they represent the best genetics. It

will enable far greater selection for genetic strength when yearly selecting your heifer replacements.

The Sale bulls are a tremendous draft of high quality genetics, the best we have presented. They have been running on oats since the middle of April. They are well grown and in ideal working condition.

The bulls are semen tested and ready for the cows. I believe we have as much depth in the 2015 offering as any that I have been involved with.

Come along and have a look – They are a magnificent line of bulls.

 Yours Sincerely,

Adrian Spencer 


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