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More muscling reduces dark cutting

Exciting new research conducted at Western Australia’s Murdoch University by Peter McGilchrist and his colleagues has shown that increased muscling decreases the incidence of dark cutting.

This research is of significant value when the estimated cost of dark cutting carcases in Australia is around $35 million per year.  “Dark cutting meat is dry to taste, spoils very quickly, has variable tenderness and is very dark in colour,” said Peter McGilchrist. 

If muscling (EMA) is increased to an above average level (greater than 70cm2 for a 250kg carcase) the risk of dark cutting should be greatly minimised.  “To achieve this, producers should utilise sires with an estimated breeding value (EBV) for EMA higher than the average,” Farm Online.

To read the full article, visit The Land Farm Online

Hereford Prime Beef Supreme

Hereford Prime was named Grand Champion Brand at this year's Steak of Origin final event.  It seems that Hereford cattle are the best bet when it comes to achieving consistent unrivalled quality.  Secure yourself a Hereford bull at this year's sale and be part of the breed that is leaping ahead.  Congratulations Bowmont Wholesale Meats.  Visit the Hereford Prime website

Hereford sired cattle more profitable

The value of cross breeding with a Hereford bull has been proven in a recent American research project, where Hereford sired cattle were US$30 per head more profitable.

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Incredible pregnancy scanning results at the Hain's

The polled Hereford mixed age cows performed to perfection with not one dry amongst them and the mixed age Herefords and Shorthorns followed very closely behind with just one dry in each group.  This gave them a remarkable 98% for their mixed age stud cows.

This year 121 yearling heifers (stud and commercial) were put to the bull and a fair conception rate of 71% was achieved.  “This certainly can be improved and will be one of our goals for next season however, with the dries destined for the works it is always good for cash flow” Sam Hain explained.

The stud cattle are scanned early during pregnancy to enable the scanner to measure the foetus.  This measurement then enables the Hain's to generate a due date for each animal.  This technology is an extremely valuable tool particularly in steep hill country farming as it enables more accurate feed budgeting and reduces the time taken each day to check and weigh calves at birth.

Our commercial herd is due to be scanned on 3rd April and we imagine that they will perform equally as well if not better given the positive influence hybrid vigour has on fertility.


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