2020 On Property Bull Sale
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2020 sale bull list, click here for the full catalogue Boonaroo 2020 Bull Sale Catalogue Web Edition
Victorian Beef Week Field Day “Clifton” Hamilton, Tuesday February 4th, 2020
A selection of 40 bulls from our catalogue of 117 bulls will be displayed, alongside a pen of 10 heifers for the states heifer challenge.
SA Beef Week Filed Day to be held at “Boonaroo” Casterton, Monday February 10th 2020
All sale bulls will be presented, catalogues will be available on the day.
Boonaroo Angus Bull Sale Friday Feb 21st, 2020 inspections from 9am, auction at 11.30am Vic time
Followed by an Angus steak lunch.
BOONAROO SIRE POWER 2020
2019 has seen Boonaroo calve down 420 stud cows, and further investment in 5 new walking sires and an extensive AI and embryo transfer program. After a very dry Autumn and slow growth into the winter, the calves were supplemented with silage and hay until July when there was enough pasture on offer. We were pleased at how well they responded to grass and have gone on to present in excellent condition for this sale. We have seen quite a 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. To further value add to this finishing system, we realise that to marble off grass at around 16 months of age is the next step to achieve MSA compliance and receive top dollar for every kilogram of beef produced. 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. As we developed our breeding herd we made sure we used only proven bulls from Australia and around the world that had the runs on the board. New Zealand genetics have been our main focus, with their impeccable structure and natural ability to do on grass. Although their breedplan figures aren’t ever competitive with those in Australia, eventually they seem to prove their worth. As we fine tuned our breeding we concentrated on making the cattle easy care, by breeding calving ease females without compromising growth and fertility. Now we have achieved this we want to maximise muscling while still retaining some (not too much) fat cover to enable grass finishing at any time of the year. It has been another rewarding year at Boonaroo, very proud to again receive acknowledgement by being voted in the Top 10 of the Victorian RASV heifer challenge for the 7th time, and then we were honored to go on and win Reserve Champions of the 2019 Victorian and Southern NSW Heifer Challenge. We are very proud of our cow herd and are honored to be ranked amongst the top seedstock producers in both states. As NSW, Queensland, parts of SA and Gippsland recover from drought and fire, the beef industry sits in unchartered waters. The big question is… when this drought breaks, where will cattle numbers and sheep numbers come from? 2020’s sale group includes 50 bulls by new sires to Boonaroo, so we are offering complete outcross sires for all client’s commercial herds. We purchased the top priced Te Mania Lackey L27 for $30 000, Merribrook Livewire L12 (by NZ sire Maturi Outlier) and a semen package in the great New Zealand sire Atahua Freedom. They all boast perfect hoof shape, growth without losing softness and finishing ability. We hope that you have the opportunity to join us to inspect them at either of our field days Vic Beef Week on Tuesday Feb 4th at “Clifton”, Hamilton, or during the SA Beef Week on Monday Feb 10th here at Boonaroo, or feel free to inspect the bulls at any other time by appointment. We look forward to sharing our hospitality with you at our field days and at the sale on Friday Feb 21st. Finally, to all we hope that 2020 turns out to be a prosperous year with plentiful rain and an end to this terrible drought and fires.
All sale bulls are structurally assessed, fertility tested and guaranteed for 3 years on a pro rata basis. At Boonaroo all bulls are vaccinated in the Zoetis Star programme and are free of all known reproductive diseases. Please join us for our field days, on Tuesday, Feb 4th at “Clifton,” Hamilton, and again on Monday Feb 10th at Boonaroo, Casterton; and our Sale is on Friday Feb 21st, 2020 at 11.30am (vic time) with inspections from 9.00am at “Boonaroo”, 137 Fosters Lane, Casterton.
Friday 21st February, 2020
9.30 am inspections
11.30 am auction starts
137 Fosters Lane, Corndale
via Casterton 3311