New breed dream making its mark

Queenslander cattle breed making strides

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Queenslander breed patron Stan Sorley, marketing agent Blake Munro and founding member Len Gibbs.

Queenslander breed patron Stan Sorley, marketing agent Blake Munro and founding member Len Gibbs.

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A fledgling cattle breed is growing its numbers, with an upcoming spring sale a milestone for producers.

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The Queenslander cattle breed might not be all that widely known in agricultural circles but the founders of the breed are hoping their first sale later this year could help put it on the map.

Queenslander Cattle Breed Society president Jim Edwards from Barlyne Pastoral, Gayndah said there were now about 600 to 700 head of Queenslander cattle, with the breed comprising a mix of Droughtmaster and red Brahman content.

"It started in about 2001 with fiddling around to get a tick resistant Droughtmaster type and putting a bit more Brahman in," he said.

Mr Edwards did not want to confirm an exact breed percentage, saying it would evolve over coming years.

"Our cattle keep the Brahman content up but if there's a nice polled, red short-haired animal that we think typifies the breed, we will build from there," he said.

The fledgling cattle breed was founded by Mr Edwards and three other Queensland cattle producers, Len Gibbs, Stan Sorley and Keith Wilson.

Western Australia remains a strong market for the young breed, with the annual Fitzroy Crossing bull sale a key event. In September a selection of bulls will be sold at the Roma Brahman and Queenslander sale.

"It's been an evolving process, the more people we get into it now, the more we can grow," Mr Edwards said.

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