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Welcome to Boonaroo

Web copy of the 2022 catalogue click here

Play List of the first 24 Lots You tube Play list Boonaroo Angus

Auctions Plus Link with videos and photos of all bulls (Being compiled)

Withdrawal List Lot 23

 

Updated EBVs online with Angus Australia

 

 

Welcome to the Boonaroo web site.  Boonaroo is a 4000 acre Angus beef and prime lamb producing property in South West Victoria.

In February each year we auction our most elite Angus bulls in an on property sale.  The balance of the bulls get sold in the paddock throughout the year.

We also breed and sell White Suffolk Rams which we use as terminal sires over our commercial ewes.  We sell our White Suffolk Rams from October each year

Our commercial ewe flock, has the set percentage of 50% Corriedale, 12.5% East Fresian, 12.5% Border Leicester & 25% White Suffolk, which is a high fertility, milking flock, with 27-30 micron heavy cutting wool, lambing in June/July, producing export weight sucker lambs in November/ December.  Boonaroo also breeds and sells Maternal Rams that produce ewes of this type.  Every year we sell about 600 ewe lambs on Auctions Plus, in 2022 the ewe lambs will be sold in January.

When we purchased Lawsons Charlie, we knew there was something special about him and boy do his progeny prove that. Without doubt, he has bred the most outstanding, consistent line of bulls and heifers we have ever produced at Boonaroo. Phenotypically perfect, soft, deep, with superb structure and an amazing temperament. 20 of these outstanding Charlie sons will feature in the sale.

That’s not to overlook the other sale sires that have also produced exceptional lines of cattle bred to perform in today’s modern highly intensive grass finishing systems. Prime Katapault sons are high yielding with body shape, depth and trait leading calving ease. Hard Hat Nebraska is in the top 3% for calving ease and 600 day growth, both sires have produced versatile sons suitable for either a heifer joining or over the cow herd.

2021 has seen Boonaroo calve down 500 stud cows and join 530 females, and seen further investment in a new walking sire and semen in the world’s best sires.  Boonaroo will offer 130 Angus bulls in our 2022 18th Angus production sale.

As 2021 comes to a close, we have seen record prices across all facets of the red meat industry with an ongoing swing in the industry to grass finishing driven by consumer demand, at Boonaroo we have been concentrating on this for a long time. The need for cattle to respond to the feed on offer is paramount to being able to finish calves and get females back in calf.

When we started breeding Angus cattle back in 2003 we concentrated on structure and phenotype, retaining females which could thrive in our sandy soils, with good feet and a good temperament being number 1.  We have focused heavily on fat cover and muscling in our breeding program, combining these two traits to produce cattle which can be run at higher stocking rates without losing their ability to finish and be fertile.  The injection of New Zealand genetics into our cow herd over multiple generations endures we produce a robust, sound and deep-bodied line of bulls, and our dedication to performance recording creates performance predictability. As we developed our breeding herd, New Zealand genetics played a key role, with their impeccable structure and natural ability to do on grass. As we fine tuned our breeding we concentrated on making the cattle easy care, by breeding calving ease females without compromising growth and fertility, we aim to maximise muscling while still retaining some fat cover to enable grass finishing at any time of the year.
Over half of the 2022 sale group are “curve benders”, bulls which offer calving ease without compromising growth and quality.   Sires we use boast perfect hoof shape, growth without losing softness and finishing ability and exceptional temperament.   We hope that you have the opportunity to join us to inspect them at either of our field days Vic Beef at ‘Clifton’, Hamilton, Vic, on Thursday, February 3 and Tuesday, February 8 at ‘Boonaroo’, Casterton, Vic; and our sale on Friday, February 18, at Boonaroo at 11.30am EST. Inspections will begin from 9.30am.

Covid 19 Registration and check- in will apply sale day, all Covid regulations will be followed.  Auctions Plus will be attending if Border Restrictions occur.

To be pro-active, should there be any tightening or changes to the Covid rules, we have endeavoured to put a number of measures in place that you, our clients, can attend our sale in safety, or alternatively operate through Auctions plus or over the phone with absolute confidence.

The measures we have put in place include:

  • Photos of all the bull’s feet posted on Auctions Plus.
  • Professional videos, taken by Ben Hooper, of all the sale bulls posted on Auctions Plus.
  • Relocating pre-sale catering from inside the sale shed to an outdoor marquee, to maintain social distancing requirements.
  • Additional marquees, tables and chairs set up for post-sale luncheon and refreshments.

Should you have any further questions about the sale, the bulls, or wish to arrange a private inspection, please do not hesitate to give us a call.