Braford Youth Camp Wandoan
Once again it is a pleasure to give a youth report for the year. January started off with the preparations for our annual youth camp. Unfortunately due to the weather conditions this was postponed.... Read more >
Once again it is a pleasure to give a youth report for the year. January started off with the preparations for our annual youth camp. Unfortunately due to the weather conditions this was postponed.... Read more >
Once again it is a pleasure to give a youth report for the year.
January started off with the preparations for our annual youth camp. Unfortunately due to the weather conditions this was postponed. A lot of dates were tossed around to find a time that suited most people and it was decided to hold it in the September school holidays.
I must congratulate both Maddie Hale from Wild Ash Brafords and Macca Kenny from Abernethy Brafords for winning the youth participation awards from the previous year. Both of these young people were given the chance to attend the camp at no cost to them.
Beef Australia was held at the beginning of May and it was a pleasure to see so many of our young people being involved in the showing of the Braford cattle. I am sure if any one travelled around to the many local agricultural shows they would have found many of these kids busy and involved with their own families as well as helping out any one else who was around.
By the time the camp did come around we had already had the Riverina National Bull Sale where some of the little people washed brushed and polished their cattle for sale.
The camp was well supported with a total of thirty six children attending the camp. These were split into age groups with 13 being in the 13 to 17 year olds , 13 in the 7 to 12 age group and 10 six and under. I feel that this is a good indication of the number of young Braford Children coming on and we need to continue to support these children and encourage them .
I want to sincerely thank the sponsors of the weekend. These were the Meek Family, Larry and Beth Acton, the Galloway Family, Amor Family, Penny Vohland, Hoffmann Family, Australian Braford Society, Elders Wandoan and Miles, Riverina Stock feeds Tim McNamara, Malcolm and Sandy Kenny and Western Downs Regional Council, and Russell and Donna Kenny.
The cattle donors were the Wilson Family, Hansen Family , Hoffmann Family , McNamara Family, Rhonda Ryan, Galloway Family, and Noel James and Family.
Once again it is time for the next round of nominations to come in for our youth achievers so I do hope there are plenty of people out there who think some of our kids are worthy of these nominations. Over all it has been a good year for our youth
The competitive prices at the Riverina Stock Feeds National Braford Sale saw a mix of commerical and stud buyers vie for the 123 bulls on offer last Monday. The second top-priced bull Burradoo Ringo,... Read more >
The competitive prices at the Riverina Stock Feeds National Braford Sale saw a mix of commerical and stud buyers vie for the 123 bulls on offer last Monday.
The second top-priced bull Burradoo Ringo, owned by Denis and Shirley Bourke, Burradoo Braford Stud, Meandarra, sold for $26,000 to a partnership of three NSW studs – Donrinda Brafords, Double C Brafords and Eldon Court Brafords.
The 35-month-old Uralla Mistro son was one of the heaviest bulls offered, weighing in a 1038 kilograms. He sported a 40cm scrotal circumference, and had P8 fat measurements of 22mm and eye muscle are (EMA) of 134sq.cm.
The third top-priced bull, owned by Malcolm and Sandra Kenny, sold to B and T Anderson, Theodore, for $21,000. The 33-month-old Abernethy Whiskers had a scrotal circumference of 40cm, and an EMA of 124sq.cm.
The Andersons picked up another of the top-priced bulls, buying 36-month-old Donrinda H052 from Double C Brafords for $17,000.
Three bulls sold for $16,000 each – Warren and Sue Wilson, Taroela Brafords, Mitchell, bought 32-month-old Harriet Valley Neo 416 from Russell and Donna Kenny.
Burnett Enterprises, Bendemeer, Clermont, bought the second $16,000 bull Riverton Nero (022) from LT and ME Acton, and went on to spend another $15,000 on DJ & SI Bourke’s Burradoo Retreat (032).
They Meek family, Cargara Cattle Company, Augathella, bought the polled 22-month-old Carinya Quinton from Jackie and John Amor, Carinya Brafords, Dulacca.
They also bought another polled bull from the Amor’s 23-month-old Garinya Quinlow (023) for $14,000.
The Meek’s are no strangers to the national sale. Last year they bought two Carinya bulls and actually sold bulls. They have been using Brafords since the early 80’s and run a straight Braford commerical herd on their western Queensland block.
Other repeat buyers included volume buyers Barry and Ainsley Galloway, Barrain, Blackwater, who usually buy replacement bulls each year. This year they bought eight bulls to average $3250. Paul and Janice Anderson, Eureka, Alpha, bought six bulls to average $7333; Eurobodalla also bought six bulls to average $4250.
There are 10 million cattle with Braford blood thoughout the north and centre of Argentina, making it the second most popular breed in the country, and they are about to get a new genetic injection. ... Read more >
There are 10 million cattle with Braford blood thoughout the north and centre of Argentina, making it the second most popular breed in the country, and they are about to get a new genetic injection.
Magdalena Paris, whose parents have operated their stud La Mision for over 30 years, bought the top-priced bull at the National Braford Sale last week.
“We were looking for new blood-lines away from Ascot Neimen so we thought this was the best sale to attend,” Ms Paris.
The Paris family has a long association with Jill Galloway and family, Ascot Neimen, Banana, who also bought a share in the bull. Ms Paris operates a genetic bank, selling semen from her family’s stud bulls and embryos made from their donors and Ascot Neimen semen.
“I’ve being working with them for 11 years now. We import the semen from Australia, use it in our own herd and sell it to other studs.”
Braford were the breed of choice for a large country with different climates, and in the last few years agriculture pushed livestock to hard country, especially in the north, she said.
“The diverse nature of the breed allows it to adapt from the hot tropics to inland desert.”
Ms Paris, who sits on the board of directors of the Argentine Braford Association said there are over 700,000 Braford breeding stock registered in the herd books since it began 40 years ago.
Some 300 registered studs with Braford breeding stock are in 15 different provinces in Argentina, registering 50,000 head per year.
“Over 140 properties contributed 220,000 nehaviour-related data from 1300 bulls to EPDs calculations up to 2014”, she said.
The Argentine Braford Association exports around 100 tons of Braford beef a year with its own Hilton Quota to the European Union.
“Australia started with Braford Breed 30 years before us, so it has more generations than us. That means that the dispersion is less, so the progeny is more predictable than ours,” Ms Paris said.
Now we can say that the intorduction of Australian genetics was very important for our breed.”
Ms Paris also bought Little Valley Warrego, which is different to Garinya Penrith, “So I can say that with these two different bulls a lot of needs can be covered in Argentina.”
The bulls have gone to Rocky Repro, for their semen to be exported to Argentina, and in turn the semen will be esported to other South American countries – perhaps even Africa.
Story by: Inga Stunzner, Queensland Country Life, Fairfax Media.
The prolonged drought did not put a damper on the Riverina Stock Feeds National Braford Sale at Gracemere Saleyards last week, which saw the average up more than $1000 on last year's. With more tha... Read more >
The prolonged drought did not put a damper on the Riverina Stock Feeds National Braford Sale at Gracemere Saleyards last week, which saw the average up more than $1000 on last year’s.
With more than 80 registered bidders, the sale topped $34,000 to average $6746 with 114 bulls selling for a 94 per cent clearance.
Braford Society President Robert Hoffmann could not have been happerier. “We were really pleased with the results as many regular buyers are really dry and a lot of their breeding herd is cut in half”, he said.
Twenty four vendors – five from New South Wales – offered 123 bulls, which Mr Hoffmann described as quailty. ” I haven’t seen such an even line-up of cattle”, he said. The sale was preceded by a minute’s silence for well- respected and longtime Braford supporter Ray Kidd, Cashmere Braford Stud, St George, who recently passed away.
Mr Kidd was a strong supporter of the National Sale and had attended many Braford sales in Queensland and NSW, Mr Hoffmann said.
The top-priced bull, offered by John and Jackie Amor, Carinya Brafords, sold for $34,000 to Argentine-breeder Magadlena Paris, with a part share to Jill Galloway and family, Ascot, Banana.
Sired by Carinya Lincoln, 32-month-old Carinya Penrith had a scrotal measurement of 44 centimeters, P8 and rib fat measurements of 20mm and 12mm, and an eye muscle area of 138sq.cm.
Ms Paris’s family runs a Braford stud in Argentina and came to Queensland to source new genetics for their program. Carinya Penrith’s semen will be shipped back to Argentina.
Denis and Shirley Bourke, Burradoo Brafords, sold the second-top priced bull- the 35-month-old bull, Burradoo Ringo – to NSW contingent Donrinda – Double C Brafords and Eldon Court Brafords for $26,000. At 1038 Kilograms, it had a scrotal circumfence of 40cm, and an EMA of 134 sq.cm. The third – top bull owned by Malcom and Sandra Kenny, Abernethy Whiskers, sold to B and T Anderson, Theodore, for $21,000.
Agents: Landmark, Elders, SBB /GDL
Story by: Inga Stunzner Queensland Country Life, Fairfax Media.
View Scan and Weigh Results. The Australian Braford Society is excited the Riverina Stock Feeds National Braford Sale is just around the corner. With a total of 124 Registered and herd bulls scann... Read more >
View Scan and Weigh Results.
The Australian Braford Society is excited the Riverina Stock Feeds National Braford Sale is just around the corner.
With a total of 124 Registered and herd bulls scanned and weighed ready for sale Monday 14th September. Commencing 9 am CQLX Gracemere.
This year we welcome two new Vendors The Graham Family “Kioma” Braford Stud Kingaroy and Ben O’Connell “Fleetwood” Braford Stud Biloela. We wish both new vendors and returning vendors all the best sale day.
For more information regarding the sale please contact our selling agents
Landmark 07 4927 6188
Elders 07 4927 6122
Rural Co 07 07 4927 1677
or alternatively sent a pm on Facebook our link is below.
The 2015 Braford sale season is upon us. Starting the Braford Sale is the New Dimension Sale, held annually at the Bell Showgrounds, commencing 11:00 am. With 20 registered | calf recorded| he... Read more >
The 2015 Braford sale season is upon us.
Starting the Braford Sale is the New Dimension Sale, held annually at the Bell Showgrounds, commencing 11:00 am. With 20 registered | calf recorded| herd bulls along with 34 registered females and 9 commercial females on offer. This is a great sale to purchase replacement females and handy bulls.
For further details regarding the New Dimension sale please contact
Elders Dalby P 07 4596 9300
Followed closing by Baroma Downs on property sale at Croppa Creek. Hosted by Doug and Susie Barnett Baroma Downs Brafords along with invited studs, Ray and Sharon Bowen Southern Cross Brafords, Jim and Ann Chad Donrinda Brafords and Craig and Caroline Chad Double C Brafords.
Combined these four stud will be offering 36 bulls and 4 stud females.
Monday 31st August, commencing 1 pm Baroma Downs Croppa Creek NSW 2411.
For further details regarding the Baroma Downs on property sale please contact
Doug and Susie Barnett
P 02 6754 5240 M 0427 103 608 E email@example.com W http://www.baromadownsbrafords.com.au/
Ascot Neimen Brafords will be offering 48 stud and herd bulls at their on-property sale on Friday 11 September 2015 starting at noon. Click here to download the full-colour catalogue. Inspections prior are always welcome.
For further details regarding the Ascot Neimen on property sale please contact
Graham, Jill or Dan Galloway
P 07 4995 7101 M 0407499006 E firstname.lastname@example.org W www.ascot-neimenbrafords.com
Finishing Braford sale season with the Riverina Stock Feeds National Braford Sale.
Held at the CQLX complex Gracemere, commencing at 9am Monday 14th September.
A total of 148 registered | herd bulls nominated and 1 female. Inspection welcome from Sunday 13th September from 1pm at the CQLX Gracemere complex. Followed by a meet and greet.
For further details regarding the Riverina Stock Feeds National Braford Sale please contact
Office P 07 49 275 196 E email@example.com or click here.
Beef Australia opens Monday 4 May. The Australian Braford Society has a trade site along side centre ring P34. Joining us in our site is Kay Paton Bronzes and Shanna Cole Country Artist. Come... Read more >
Beef Australia opens Monday 4 May. The Australian Braford Society has a trade site along side centre ring P34.
Joining us in our site is Kay Paton Bronzes and Shanna Cole Country Artist.
Come in, say hello and enjoy the beautiful couch and furnishings supplied by local business HB & Co.
We will have water and hot beverages on offer.
See you ring side.
It is somewhat fitting that one of the first news stories to go into the new Australian Braford Society website, is about the website itself. The website has been redesigned to be an enjoyable and ea... Read more >
It is somewhat fitting that one of the first news stories to go into the new Australian Braford Society website, is about the website itself.
The website has been redesigned to be an enjoyable and easy to use portal for all information and resources available from the Society.
It features an interactive event calendar showcasing all the breed related events happening throughout the year and quick links to Breedplan and the ABRI database for all EBV, Member and Animal enquiries. There is also information on Membership and how to register animals along with online forms to easily apply for membership and update membership details and request Pompes and Pesti tests and Classification visits. There are also Sire and AI Authorisation certificates to download.
The new Youth section has information and activities relating to Hoffy’s Youth Camp and online forms to easily become a Youth Member and to book a place at the next Youth Camp.
There is obviously a News section where we will frequently publish all the interesting things happening in the Society, it’s members lives and the industry in general and also a Publications page where you can view past newsletters and journals.
If you are looking to buy or sell cattle you may be interested in the Sale & Purchases area where you can view animals for sale or advertise your own sales.
The website is now also fully responsive meaning you can now easily access all it’s information ‘on the go’ through smart phones and tablets.
We would like to sincerely thank Fiona and Trent from MadeKnown for all their hard work over the last few months to design and build the new website, hopefully they will win themselves another award with it at this years Queensland MultiMedia Awards in November.
The Society hopes you enjoy the new website and find it’s information and resources helpful and look forward to any comments you may have.
Mitchell’s Warren and Sue Wilson were delighted to win Champion Pen of Steers with a pen of Braford Charolais cross steers that went on to sell for 252c/kg at the Braford / Braford Infused Roma Stor... Read more >
Mitchell’s Warren and Sue Wilson were delighted to win Champion Pen of Steers with a pen of Braford Charolais cross steers that went on to sell for 252c/kg at the Braford / Braford Infused Roma Store Sale and Show on 17th of March.
FOUR decades breeding and exhibiting stud beef would almost qualify you as an old hand around showing circles. Mr Pacholke started his Sunny Vale braford stud as a fresh faced 17-year-old straight ... Read more >
FOUR decades breeding and exhibiting stud beef would almost qualify you as an old hand around showing circles.
Mr Pacholke started his Sunny Vale braford stud as a fresh faced 17-year-old straight out of school, and when asked why the third-generation beef producer made the move away from his parents’ commercial herd in favour of breeding his own, his answer was succinct – “I wanted to”.
“I just loved cattle and loved breeding them,” he said.
“I enjoy bringing out the best in my animals.”
His passion for showing cattle bit during school when in between helping his parents at home he lent a hand to his neighbours showing their cattle.
And from there it went.
The Clifton farmer has shown everywhere from Allora, to Bell, Theodore, as for north Rockhampton Beef Week and as south as Sydney and Melbourne, not forgetting his local shows in between.
“I’ve learnt a lot about what people like, and what makes a good animal and that not every judge likes the same thing,” he said.
He fondly recalls one heifer though that transcended individual opinion dominating show rings around the South east.
Sunny Lawn Lady Di was her name.
“She showed at Brisbane as a heifer and went on to win on the circuit as cow for years – I was really proud that I’d bred her,” Mr Pacholke said.
As most stud owners do, Mr Pacholke has particular traits he focuses on in his cattle, admitting he’s a bit of a stick in the mud when it comes to temperament.
“Brafords are generally pretty good, but there’s wild ones in every breed,” he said.
In his 40 years around the traps he has watched the stud beef scene change in terms of breeds, genetics and exhibitors.
“There seems to be more and more polled bulls around now, and I think as the cost of showing has gone up, so has the quality,” he said. “You’re not going to bother for an animal that’s not going to cut it.
“One thing about this side of the range though is we don’t get a lot of new breeds, we’re pretty traditional like that.”
Though still showing his own cattle, albeit in smaller numbers, Mr Pacholke also provides a fitting service for a number of breeders including Taroela braford stud.
With his daughter Jade, the manager of Taroela station in from Taroom to lend a hand, the Pacholkes led the braford stud to win the Grand Champion braford bull and Grand Champion tropical breed bull; Grand Champion braford cow and reserve junior champion braford heifer at the Allora Show recently.
Though as the years wear on the veteran exhibitor’s show circuit round trip includes fewer and fewer stops.
“I’m just tired these days but we still go to Beef Week because there’s still big business up there but the cost of doing it now is blowing out of proportion,” he said.
Currently in the thick of show season Mr Pacholke said it’ll be interesting to see how it pans out from here.
“I would have thought the drought and the price of feed would have brought numbers down, but entries still seem to be strong in most places,” he said.
Last year Sunnyvale reduced herd numbers by a quarter as drought and fatigue set in.
Were it not for the Christmas rains he may not have been able to get his cattle in show condition given the team are fed grain for at least two months before a show, all of which he grows himself.
“I would say before Christmas was the driest I’ve ever seen the place,” he said.
“But things are looking up and we’re building up herd numbers again – right now I could do with twice as many with all the feed around.”
FOLLOWING the lay of the land has taken Clifton pair Jade Pacholke and her partner Brad Knight from Clifton’s soft soil to the red dirt plains of North Queensland’s cattle country and down into the hills of Taroom.
The daughter of Sunny Vale braford stud owner Neil Pacholke at Clifton and now co-manager of Taroela station at Taroom said growing up with her dad on the land was all she’d ever known and all she’d ever wanted to be.
“I’ve never wanted more than this,” she said.
At just 18 Jade and her partner Brad took on their first job as station managers at Castle View station, an hour and a half north-west of Bowen.
During their four years on the brahman property it wasn’t the isolation, the long hours or the hard work that she found hardest – it was the cyclones.
“They got a bit hairy,” she said.
“We were stuck in without power for about a week each time as it was just too wet to get anywhere but it wasn’t too bad.”
Though she said her first true test on the land came after the chaos of the cyclone season and they were left to contend with the dry months.
“We were pulling out cows that had gotten stuck in the dams just trying to get at some water every day,” she said.
“The worst were the times we couldn’t get them out though, and shooting them was the kindest thing to do.”
At just 16, with swag in hand, Jade left year 11 at Clifton State High School for Emerald Agricultural college where she studied certificates three and four in beef production.
A courageous move for someone so young.
“School wasn’t really my thing but I wasn’t allowed to just leave so Mum made a deal with me that if I left I had to go to agricultural college,” she said
“And so I did. I always wanted to be a vet but couldn’t cope with the study.
“I think girls in particular should know that there is a place for them in agriculture, even without a university degree.”
During school Jade did her certificates one and two in agriculture back on the farm with dad.
“I’ve definitely seen more boys than girls in the industry but I haven’t found it hard to get by,” she said.
During her 12 months at Emerald, her partner Brad, a qualified diesel mechanic left his job at Bohemia station, Ralston and moved out there to be with her.
“In the two properties we’ve managed both have been family owned, back at Collinsville there were other station hands and we all paid out on each other – but nothing that made me feel like I shouldn’t be there,” she said.
Six months ago the pair moved from their home of four years at Castleview station to be closer to home.
“Even though we’re closer it’s still hard because we’re the only ones at Taroela,” she said.
“In the north we had 16,000ha but now we’re down to 7000ha, so it doesn’t warrant more people but it can get tough by ourselves.”
Though she admits that her friends will probably find more security in their office jobs “it’s the lifestyle, not the money we’re chasing”.
Eventually the pair hope to have their own block of land, running their own cattle.
“That’s the dream anyway,” she said.
“You know when there’s dry, that good times will eventually come, it all goes in cycles.
“If we could make it rain we’d all be rich.”
Story and image courtesy of the Rural Weekly.