A top cross program on Gelebele

Black Stump bulls hold appeal to Arnolds

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Aim: The Arnolds' crossbred progeny are mainly sold through the Blackall weaner sales at 12 months of age between 250kg to 300kg, while feeder heifers and steers are sold at 320kg to 400kg.

Aim: The Arnolds' crossbred progeny are mainly sold through the Blackall weaner sales at 12 months of age between 250kg to 300kg, while feeder heifers and steers are sold at 320kg to 400kg.

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The Arnold family, Gelebele, 60km north of Muttaburra, have been buying from the Black Stump Invitation Bull Sale to beef up their commercial crossbred breeding herd.

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The Arnold family, Gelebele,60km north of Muttaburra, have been buying from the Black Stump Invitation Bull Sale for close to seven years in a bid to beef up their commercial crossbred breeding herd.

Mr Arnold said the Black Stump sale chiefly appeals to them for the proven quality and performance of the bulls catalogued each year.

"They also acclimatise to our country well," he said.

At last year's sale the Arnolds bought two Simmental bulls, from Janet Allan Noanga Simmentals, two Simbrah bulls from Rod and Lyn Sperling, Rodlyn, and one Rodlyn Droughtmaster bull.

"We've purchased many bulls from the sale and their progeny have been excellent in regards to quality, temperament and fertility."

"Bone, length and temperament are the traits we're striving to produce consistently in our herd, and through the sale we've been able to achieve those goals in our breeding program."

Their purchases at the 2019 sale included the $4500 equal top priced bull, Noanga Parker, a composite Simmental/Droughtmaster bull from the Allans.

"We purchased from the Allans for the first time last year and we'll be looking to buy from them again as our bulls from 2019 are proving their performance and quality."

The Arnolds current breeding herd consists of 70 per cent Brahman cows and 30pc Braford cows.

"Depending on the seasons, Braford cows are crossed with Simmental and Simbrah bulls, Brahman cows are crossed with Charolais and Brahman bulls and maiden heifers are joined to Droughtmaster bulls."

The progeny of these crosses are predominantly sold through the Blackall Saleyards at the annual weaner sale's at 12 months of age between 250kg to 300kg, while feeder heifers and steers are also sold at the saleyards at 320kg to 400kg."

The family run an all year round breeding program, while spelling the bulls if needed when it gets too dry.

Mr Arnold said through January and February (to date) this hasn't been an issue as they've received close to 150mm of rainfall in some of their paddocks. They're getting a great response with grass shooting up in most areas of the 15,891ha property, which they've owned for 19 years.

He said the last time they had grass growing rain was in 2013.

"Our fingers are crossed that we'll be receiving some follow up rain soon."

Mr Arnold said they're receiving good returns on the article they produce at present which is helping the family to achieve their goal of extending the business.

"We're looking to purchase a fattening and breeding block in the future to provide us with better selling opportunities closer to the market."

The story A top cross program on Gelebele first appeared on North Queensland Register.

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