GENETIC FOCUS: Ross Thompson, Millah Murrah Angus, with Warwick breeders Jackie Chard and Jim Wedge, who have scoured southern Australia for elite females and bulls.
GENETIC FOCUS: Ross Thompson, Millah Murrah Angus, with Warwick breeders Jackie Chard and Jim Wedge, who have scoured southern Australia for elite females and bulls. Contributed

Prime Angus heifers bolster Southern Downs stud stock

A SOUTHERN Downs Angus stud has rapidly expanded its elite female base after clinching a substantial deal with one of the nation's most prominent Angus herds.

Warwick's Ascot Angus selected 16 pregnant first drop heifers from the heart of Australia's record breaking stud, Millah Murrah, at Bathurst, in central NSW.

Millah Murrah set an Australian Angus record average of $8850 for 80 bulls last year, and in September sold 85 bulls for the year's highest single vendor average of $8612.

Ascot Angus principals Jim Wedge and Jackie Chard selected heifers sired by BT Right Time 24J and Millah Murrah D78, and carrying pregnancies to leading sires Te Mania Emperor and Dunoon Evident.

Purchased for an undisclosed sum, the now calved heifers are in a joint venture embryo transfer program with Millah Murrah principals Ross and Dimity Thompson. Mr Thompson said the front-line heifers gave Ascot a "big leg up" in establishing a strong seedstock presence in Queensland.

"The female package comes from 44 years of heavily weighted maternal genetic selection," he said.

Mr Wedge had looked at length for females to upgrade his herd and considered Millah Murrah to have some of the best cow families in Australia.

"The cows have length, depth, great udders, are structurally sound and feminine," he said.

These have been added to females bought from the Kansas, Forres and PertAngus herds since the Ascot stud's establishment in 2007. The Angus herd of 200 registered females is run alongside a 200 cow stud Charolais herd.

This spring, Ascot Angus has scoured southern markets, assembling a powerful sire battery, paying to a top of $54,000.

Ascot Angus will offer a catalogue of working age yearling bulls, aged 14 to 16 months, at their first on-property sale at "North Toolburra", Warwick, on November 9.

They will also hold an open day before the sale tomorrow from 10am to 3pm. For more details call 0419 714 652.



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