A fruitful Braford connection

Mullers Ascot Neimen Braford pipeline proving bountiful


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Decades deep: For 40 years Ascot Neimen genetics have been running through the Muller family's primarily pure Braford herd at Waylandia Valley and Close Park, south east of Rolleston.

Decades deep: For 40 years Ascot Neimen genetics have been running through the Muller family's primarily pure Braford herd at Waylandia Valley and Close Park, south east of Rolleston.

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With the aid of their long-term association with Ascot Neimen stud, the Muller family's primarily pure Braford breeding and fattening operation is running like a well-oiled machine.

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With the aid of their long-term association with Ascot Neimen stud, the Muller family's primarily pure Braford breeding and fattening operation is running like a well-oiled machine.

Lance and Jenny Muller manage the commercial operation along with their daughter Danielle and her husband John Bradshaw.

Production is run across their properties Waylandia Valley and Close Park, which are both situated 33 kilometres south east of Rolleston.

Waylandia Valley has been in the family for 54 years, while the Muller's purchased Close Park in 2002.

The properties, which occupy 5500 hectares combined, are on a mixture of predominately Brigalow and Softwood scrub country with areas of Open Downs planted to Leucaena.

Lance said they're currently running a breeder herd of close to 600 mainly Braford cows from which the progeny are held until fattened.

"We join our cows from early October through to April with the majority of calves born in the spring.

"When the progeny reach the desired weights they're primarily sold into the Teys meatworks at Biloela targeting the grassfed market," he said.

Lance said they like the Braford breed for their temperament, easy doing ability and carcase traits.

"We've found that the progeny meet the current market specifications reasonably well."

He said to strengthen the genetics flowing through their herd they've been purchasing Braford bulls from the Galloway family, Ascot Neimen stud, Banana, on and off for 40 years.

Before that they usually bought bulls from the Braford National Sale.

"We currently have 18 Braford bulls in the herd which were all purchased from the Galloway's.

Lance said the Ascot Neimen bulls have a great temperament, content, good bone and scale and a sleek coat.

"We also like them because they consistently throw calves that are true to the Braford type."

He said as they usually attend and purchase bulls from the Ascot Neimen on-property sale they don't get to the Braford National Sale as often as they used to.

"We did make the trip for the National in 2017 and we were particularly impressed with the quality lines of bulls drafted by the sale vendors.

"We're going back this year with hopes of purchasing some good sires.

"While there we'll be looking for bulls that are sound with good confirmation, a sleek coat, good weight for age and better than average figures."

Lance said there is only one change that would provide a particular benefit for their operation at present.

"6 inches of rain!"

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