Our aim is to breed the sort of cattle that good cattlemen know will do the job but with EBVs to back them up, we have a zero tolerance policy on cattle with bad feet, poor leg structure, bad temperament or poor conformation. We expect our females to breed reliably and at an early age. We are selecting for above average growth and earlier maturity patterns with good carcase characteristics and most importantly positive calving ease. We have used bulls from Europe, America, Canada, New Zealand and Australia in our breeding program and will continue to use sires from any country as long as they have traits we want in our cattle.
Wakefield is a Group breedplan member. We supply birth weight and calving ease data on all purebred calves born as well as 200 day, 400 day and 600 day weights. All of our sale bulls are scanned for rib and rump fat, Eye Muscle area and Intra Muscular fat. This year we will also scan all of our female drop to generate more accurate data on our cow families. Over 90% of our joinings are by artificial insemination and we select the sire we use to complement the dam and produce balanced estimated breeding values in the progeny. Wakefield is rapidly becoming one of the leading Breedplan herds without sacrificing type and structure.
At the core of a good herd is a strict culling policy and we aim to cull the bottom 25% of our cow herd every year, we are finding that the best cow families in our herd are becoming larger while other lines are being eliminated altogether. If a cow reaches a ripe old age in our herd you can be sure she is there for a reason!
Net Feed Intake (NFI) is a very important measurement affecting profitability and in recent trial work at Tullimba Research feedlot near Armidale the Charolais had the best NFI of all British and European cattle tested. With all agriculture experiencing rising input costs it is more important than ever to take advantage of every way of increasing efficiency, be it by crossbreeding or using the most feed efficient cattle, either way Charolais will deliver the best returns.
Donor Dam Wakefield Amaze with Ascot Eldorado heifer at foot
Lot 1 2011 sale Wakefield Earner E440E
Lot 2 2011 sale Wakefield Eightball E442E