The 2019 Big Country sale on 5-6 February is fast approaching. Between now and then my posts will share the genetic background of the sires and donors of animals we’ll be presenting there. To help your purchasing choices, I’ll highlight consistent traits we see in their progeny. All our breeding and matching decisions reflect our experience and ongoing commitment to Rockley’s 7 elite breeding attributes.
DOONSIDE MR C EAGLE (IVF) (PP)
Eagle has created quite a stir in 2018. One of his sons, Banana Station Manly 69, caught the eye of many red Brahman breeders when he was awarded grand champion bull at the 2018 Royal Queensland Show. Another of Eagle’s sons, Tarramba Mr Eagle 3231, made an impressive $36,000 at the 2018 Rockhampton Brahman Week Sale.
A real apex male, Eagle has taken us to a whole new level in our polled breeding program. He’s a standout phenotypically with tremendous length of body, muscle expression, eye appeal, beautiful balance, bone, scale, natural softness and sire appeal. A disposition second to none and loaded with character.
Backed by the fast-rising industry red sires, ABBA Sire of The Year and a Doonside donor who is a super functional cow with generations of a perfect udder and loads of milk. Both sides are filled with history, hierarchy and hallmark cattle from across the globe.
Eagle’s BREEDPLAN figures indicate he is a high-growth bull for 200, 400, 600-day weights, which we believe to be correct. His Scrotal Size (SS) EBV is above breed average at +1.0 and he is in the top 10% for Jap Ox and Live Export Idexes. At 30 months his raw data delivery was 1038kg, 12/10mm with an EMA of 132.
YOMAN 77/0 (H)
Yoman is a $32,000 purchase from the 2012 Rockhampton Brahman Week Sale. Elevated, trim, muscular, beautifully pigmented, loaded with character, sirey and with superb length, he’s a rich blend of both worlds – red and grey, old and new, including a direct line to the original importations.
Many of the most successful herds of the past and present are included in his genetics: Cumberland Downs, Lancefield, Burnside, Lyndhurst, Tartrus, JDH, HK, HCC and Cherokee.
The Yoman 77/0 progeny are consistently breeding true to his type. They are quiet in nature, have terrific strong heads and exhibit ample breed character. A son sold at Big Country 2018 to Yenda Brahmans for $14,000, and we continue to be impressed with his females’ udders.
EL JA ROMEO DP MANSO (ET) (D)
We used Romeo semen to breed Rockley Miss Juliet 3030 in 2011 and she is now one of our key donors, producing many valuable progeny. Our decision to re-use Romeo has proved successful to date.
A son of JDH Datapack, known for his functional females with longevity and sound udders, out of the famous Miss Brianna 5th, who has 60 progeny to her name. A very complete looking bull phenotypically, a very sirey head and tidy sheath were his draw cards.
A high early growth bull that tapers off to low mature cow weight. In the top 12% for Eye Muscle Area.
JDH SIR STRATTON MANSO 823/4 (IMP) (H)
JDH Sir Stratton Manso is an outstanding son of the legendary JDH Mr Elmo Manso and he excels in many areas such as length, width, natural muscle and conformation. Stratton also exhibits an extreme amount of bone and stature and is already passing all these traits on to his calves in both red and grey breeding programs. Stratton’s offspring are moderate, easy fleshing and correct, all possessing an excellent temperament.
We’re very pleased that Stratton has the ability to breed light pigmented progeny when matched with red females as he clearly has the capability to produce animals that appeal to a wide range of breeders. We kept a polled, light pigmented son this year. Our first Stratton sons sold extremely well, averaging $16,400.
Stratton’s BREEDPLAN figures indicate he is a high-growth bull for 200, 400, 600-day weights.
NCC DIPLOMAT 1689 (AI) (ET) (D)
A $40,000 purchase from the 2011 NCC Sale. Diplomat’s sheer strength, carcass attributes and carriage put him in a class of his own. A powerful straight red with an international pedigree, he represents one of the first reds by international and US national champion, JDH Mr Elmo Manso.
Diplomat has a strong body and is a real sire type out of the leading full blood South African donor NCC Dienka 238 (AI)(ET)(H). Dienka has placed an impressive genetic stamp on the breed with sons in leading herds across Australia.
Our first Rockley Diplomat son sold for $24,000 and the first progeny out of a Diplomat daughter for $12,000. We have many amazing daughters coming in to our production system, with tremendous progeny resulting from these females. We are rapt with the udders on the Diplomat daughters, along with their capacity to maintain the do-ability we require from a lactating female.
Diplomat’s BREEDPLAN figures indicate he is in the top 10% for both Eye Muscle Area and Retail Yield.
Please stay tuned to read out about the dams of the bulls we’ll be presenting for sale at Big Country 2019…
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