Buying four different breeds at a bull sale may seem odd to some, but the February All Breeds event was the perfect opportunity for Ken Jeppesen to expand his crossbreeding abilities.
Mr. Jeppesen, Taranga, Mackay, bought nine bulls including three Brahman and Limousin bulls, two Charbray bulls and a Santa Gertrudis bull to replace the current bulls in his breeding herd.
Mr Jeppesen said it is essential that he keeps 200 purebred Brahman heifers every year to ensure some degree of tick resistance.
âWe only use Brahman females for breeding because we are in the coastal country, but we are trying to diversify with the crossbreeding to open up new opportunities,â he said.
âWe currently have Santa and Charbray bulls for crossbreeding, but with the season so shocking they didn’t perform very well, we decided to buy some European cattle to make sure we have the calves on the ground. “
Mr Jeppesen said he started supplying the domestic market after selling other northern properties and buying a finishing property, Broadlea, Theodore.
âWe used to target the Jap Ox market with bigger framed cows, but now we’re just breeding for the younger market,â he said.
âWe no longer have the country of arrival that we were used to, so we started again to match our calf drop to the younger national and Indonesian markets and the mix of some crosses gives us that versatility.
“Regarding the introduction of other breeds, we will always have a standard red Brahman herd, but for crossbreeding we will try them all.”
Mr Jeppesen said he enjoyed finishing his cattle on the spot, even though the poor rainy seasons meant he took advantage of high cattle prices and sold steers to feedlots.
âEuropean cattle have a much better rump and frame, which increases the weight you can carry them,â he said.
“It’s a known fact that hybrid vigor works best so you have to use it and feedlots are a much safer option than salespots.”
Mr Jeppesen said the cross was also bearing fruit in the deli department where competition against the export of live animals was strong.
âThe diversity in the market is exactly what producers need – 500 kilogram liveweight cattle with two tines can be started or you can round them up a bit and reach the domestic market,â he said. declared.
“With races it’s easy to go to extremes one way or another, but I think you better be in the middle of the road to keep your options open.”