LOADING UP: Rod Edwards won the Killarney Show grand champion ribbon for his pen of three Angus cross heifers from his Koreelah Creek Angus operation.
LOADING UP: Rod Edwards won the Killarney Show grand champion ribbon for his pen of three Angus cross heifers from his Koreelah Creek Angus operation. Toni Somes

Angus breed wins pen of three broad ribbon

KOREELAH Creek Angus owner Rod Edwards grinned as he broke an unspoken rule of the bush on Friday and admitted he would turn down more rain.

But when you consider he has had more than 220mm for the year, his "my country just doesn't need this follow up rain" seemed reasonable.

What was apparent was the high rainfall had kicked off good pasture and crop growth allowing this commercial Angus breeder to dominate the pen entries at this year's Killarney Show.

We've had nine inches already this year and we really don't need any follow up.

He won the grand champion pen of three broad ribbon with three Angus Santa cross cattle he'd bred and grown at his 790ha property, Warrigul, near New Koreelah just over the border.

While he described the win as flattering, he said the young cattle entered in the show were typical of his turn off.

"I am always pretty pleased to take home a broad ribbon from Killarney," Mr Edwards explained.

"There are some very good quality cattle around here so it's definitely competitive."

The cattleman has called himself a Killarney local for the past eight years since he and his wife Julie shifted their cattle operation from the Kerry Valley, near Beaudesert.

Today they run 300 breeders as part of a black cattle commercial operation.

"We wanted to meet the market demand for black cattle and the Angus are proved performers," Mr Edwards said.

"But we have had some success introducing a bit of Santa Gertrudis genetics through the operation to make them a little hardier."

Market-wise, they divide their turn off, depending on prices, between the weaner market and growing young cattle out to 14 months or 280kg to sell on to backgrounders or feed lotters.

"Ideally I like to see weaners, but it really does depend on the market," Mr Edwards said.

"This year it is a little early to tell what it is going to be like, because there haven't really been many weaner sales, although we have seen 270kg weaners sell in recent weeks for around $230."

Mr Edwards sells weaner cattle through Stanthorpe and older cattle through Warwick. This year he said the season had been reasonable, with his country coming through the recent floods relatively well.

"Our creek was higher in 2011 and we probably didn't get as much rain as we did that year," he said.

"But we've had nine inches already this year and we really don't need any follow up.

"Our average annual rainfall use to be about 34 inches, but over the past four or five years we have had closer to 38 or 40."



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