|The Angus Stud for the Commercial cattle man, successfully breeding Angus cattle in Australia since 1888!|
In 1888, the White family of Edinglassie, imported Angus cattle from Scotland and started the long association with the breed in the White family of Australia.
F.J. White moved to Saumarez, Armidale and ran them on his Armidale/Guyra property's. His two sons H.F. White and F.F. White started the Angus Stud at Bald Blair Guyra, this was split up in 1949 where F.F. Whites children, F.G. White and P.M. Bell (White) took on their share of the Stud and named it "Glenavon". F.G. Bell (fifth generation in Aust.) took on running the Stud in 1969 to the present day.
Glenavon Angus Stud has 400 Stud Cows with 1100 Commercial Cows, where we use A.I. extensively each year sourcing superior and new genetics followed up with selected Glenavon stud bulls. Around 50% of sale bulls are joined as yearlings each October so we get the benefit of the new genetics through our stud and commercial herds. The proof is in the progeny with Glenavon regularly obtaining Australian Record Prices.
The Glenavon Stud is recorded on Angus Group Breedplan. Cows calve from July to September and are run in conjunction with the Outer Bald Blair commercial herd and alongside XB Ewes and lambs; so if they do not perform under these conditions, or are not Structurally Sound they are not used or sold for breeding, regardless of their EBV's.
The progeny have to reach heavy weights in the feedlots where we are aiming at the Japanese B3 market and the females are expected to breed on for many years. To achieve this they have to be structurally sound and if they fail to conceive or rear a calf they are sold for slaughter.
When we visited the USA we were alarmed at some of the structural faults being tolerated in their AI sires (e.g. small testicles, very bad feet, light bottom jaws and lack of muscle). Any sire that produces these faults is immediately discarded. In future we intend to look and use outcross sires within Australia that are structurally sound. We recommend cattlemen look at the bulls, using the EBV's as a guide to select the bulls that suits their own breeding programme, the country that they are to be run on and the markets that they are targeting.
A tip we also suggest to our clients is to go right through the catalogue, marking off all the bulls that would suit their operation. Eg High Growth, High in milk if more milk is needed in your herd or Lower Birth Weight for heifers. Then go through the Bulls you have marked on sale day and look at them visually to which would suit your cattle. This is very important to look at the cattle not just the EBVís. You will be pleasantly surprised what becomes available throughout the sale, and all the bulls in the sale will suit different breeding programs. It is always tempting to only select the best couple of bulls and then be disappointed when they go outside your budget.
We join our replacement heifers at 13 months of age to average birth weight bulls as we want to keep the progeny (low birth weight bulls tend to breed small pelvic area females, which only accentuates calving problems later on). We sell our surplus heifer weaners (13 months old ) at our Annual Bull and Heifer Sale at the beginning of August.
All cattle are Johnes Tested to the status of MN3 - free to enter Queensland.