Hollywood heifers win Crookwell

Hollywood Pastoral again participated in the 3rd annual Crookwell APH&S Commercial Cattle Breeders Competition this year, receiving the first place award with their home bred heifers.

The Commercial Cattle breeders competition is divided into two main categories, Joined or PTIC heifers and Cows and Calves. Entrants are required to display at least 10 heifers and 20 Cows and Calves with entrants judged on Frame, Condition, Conformation, Temperament, Evenness of type, % of herd and Calves.

This years judges were Alastair Rayner, Rayner Ag and Marc Greening, Injemira Herefords.

Hollywood Pastoral displayed a group of 60 heifers with judges keen to praise the tremendous carcass attributes of the heifer group.

For Hollywood Pastoral manager, Scott Kensit, the competition provides him with an opportunity to see inspect some of the districts leading programs and to learn from their experience at the same time. It is also a great way to give back to the community.

“It’s important to support these local events, if the locals don’t support things like the show, we run the risk of losing it.” Scott said.

Hollywood run approximately 350 head of breeders on the Crookwell property and target the feeder steer market. The herd calves in July & August with the aim to turn off 12 – 14 month old steers at 460-480 kilograms for the Teys owned, Jindalee Feedlot.

The herd is largely an Angus base, however Hollywood have been recently introducing Shorthorn joining sires to the herd. Shorthorn sires have been purchased from the Dubbo National Shorthorn Sale and Scott says the results are evident in the crossbred calves.

Weaning weights have increased in the cross bred calves by an average of around 45 kilograms, although Scott said last year the results were higher than that.

“The Shorthorn cross calves weighed around 380 kilograms at weaning, while the straight Angus calves weighed about 320 kilograms.” Scott said.

The results are also clear when steers are drafted for feedlot entry. The Angus calves perform well, usually entering the feedlot at 460 kilograms at 14 months of age. However, whilst not necessarily a lot heavier, the Shorthorn cross calves leave the farm at just 12 months of age and usually weigh around 480 kilograms. The 2 month earlier turnoff is providing some risk management options for Hollywood Pastoral, as calves are gone before the season can close out.

Whilst the cross bred calves do receive a small discount in terms of c/kg, as they are not eligible for either the Angus or Shorthorn breed based brands, Scott says the discount doesn’t go close to offsetting the increased returns.

“The increased weight gains and the earlier age at turnoff, generate a lot more profit for us than the straight bred calves. In the end, it’s all about profit, not price per kilogram.”

Scott says that the main benefit in the cross comes from the first cross females in production.

“You can see them a mile away, good, big, roomy cows.” Scott said. “When I saw the cross working over the last 2 years, you can pick the calves by a mile, I’m not seeing a downside to the cross at all.”

The heifers judged in the competition were both straight Angus as well as Shorthorn Angus cross heifers and the first place win, against some tough competition, highlights the best of both breeds. Of course, that has also been the greatest quality of cross breeding, the ability to maximise the strengths of two breeds.

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About Shorthorn

The Shorthorn breed is truly unique, from their distinctive roan colour, to their rich breed history and most importantly, the wonderful community of breeders, there is nothing else quite like a Shorthorn.

The key to the Shorthorn breeds advantage lies in their balanced genetic profile, driven by market participation that has been developed and refined, after more than 200 years of genetic selection under Australian conditions.

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