Holdings high on Wattlebray genetics boost

Wattlebray boosting Holding herd


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The Cloyna-based Holding family are receiving a great return on their investment in Wattlebray Charbray bull genetics.

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Top bloodlines: The Wattlebray bulls the Holding family are using, are helping them achieve top prices at the Murgon Saleyards with the pure and cross progeny produced.

Top bloodlines: The Wattlebray bulls the Holding family are using, are helping them achieve top prices at the Murgon Saleyards with the pure and cross progeny produced.

The Holding family are receiving a great return on their investment in Wattlebray Charbray bull genetics, when selling the progeny produced through the local Murgon Saleyards.

Scott and Teresa Holding along with their extended family are joining Charbray bulls with their Charbray, Droughtmaster and Brahman females at their family owned mixed breeding and cropping operation, situated at Cloyna, in the South Burnett.

The 607ha property, comprised of mostly black soil land leading into brigalow scrub and forest country, was selected by Scotts’ grandfather in 1908. The family run close to 100 breeders, and also grow barley and sorghum for commercially.

Teresa said the family have always had a passion for Charbrays.

“Scotts’ father Tom, was a cattle buyer and he always had an affinity for the breed, we’ve tried bulls from other breeds over the years, but we’ve found we get the best results from using Charbrays,” she said.

“We like the look of the breed, they have a really appealing stocky build about them, a large frame and good rump shape.”

She said these traits are important for their production, as they sell straight off the cows at 250 to 300kgs into the Murgon Saleyards through Pratt Agencies.

“We’d been looking around for genetics which would suit our needs for quite a while when we came across the bulls being produced by Trevor and Lolita Ford, Wattlebray, at the Charbray National Sale.

“We bought our first two Wattlebray bulls a few years ago and added a third this year.

“They haven’t disappointed, through their progeny we’ve received top dollar on more than one occasion at the fortnightly Murgon sale.”

Teresa said due to the drought, they’re attempting to keep their numbers down on-property.

“We’ve been lucky enough to get a crop in and have hay left over from last season as well, so we’re travelling better than a lot of other people, which we’re thankful for.

“As soon as it rains we’ll be contacting Trevor to look at another Wattlebray bull we’re interested in.”

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