South East Beef Field Days: Pathfinder genetics shine

MARKET SUCCESS: Anne and Murray Howard, Violet Banks, Beeac, sold 125 Angus steers and heifers in January's weaner sales at Colac. Photo by Joely Mitchell, courtesy Kylie Nicholls, Stock & Land.
MARKET SUCCESS: Anne and Murray Howard, Violet Banks, Beeac, sold 125 Angus steers and heifers in January's weaner sales at Colac. Photo by Joely Mitchell, courtesy Kylie Nicholls, Stock & Land.

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In an exceptional year for the beef industry, Pathfinder clients once again featured, topping sales across SA. It speaks volumes for their management skills and genetics. Some outstanding results in the 2018 sales;

  • Anne and Murray Howard’s weaner steers, average weight 429kg, topped the sale at $1320.
  • Dunkeld Pastoral: 423kg steers average $1323.
  • Franca Cirelli topped the Mt Gambier sale, heifers averaging 414kg - $1140.
  • Tallegiera Pastoral: 136 weaner steers to $1234.
  • Harvey Family, King Island: 254 heifers with a 98 per cent preg-test in a seven-week joining. 

Their policy of using proven genetics, generation after generation, ensures your cowherd is performing with the best in the industry, producing uniform lines of high-value progeny with minimal seconds.

It is common in the beef industry to be distracted by the latest, greatest young sire or single trait selection, but experience shows few of these ever take your genetic progress forward, leaving herds with unforeseen problems. 

Their policy of using proven genetics, generation after generation, ensures your cowherd is performing with the best in the industry ...

Within the multi-trait selection, while their focus has been on calving ease combined with extra growth and muscle, it is the maternal ability of the Pathfinder herd that sets it apart from the rest.

Their aim is to get cows rearing 60 per cent of their bodyweight at 10 months to cap herd maintenance costs.

Their selection for scrotal and fat cover has led to fertile cows with doing-ability, creating a herd that minimises inputs, which means a lower cost of production. 

They have clients that have joining to weaning percentages in the mid 90s from females with a cost of production around $1/kg.

With this combination of good management and genetics, their beef herds are highly profitable, regardless of the markets.

They have herds with financials that consistently outdo their other farm enterprises.

Want to add weight and muscle to your calves from fertile easy-doing cow herd? 

Inspect Pathfinder’s bulls and females.

FIELD DAYS

  • Victoria: February 3
  • SA: February 4

SALES

  • SA: February 14 at 11am - 130 bulls, 100 PTIC cows
  • Victoria: February 27 at 11am - 120 bulls