What a year 2020 has already been- in many areas across the country we have finally received rain, then there were the bushfires, COVID-19 and trade tensions have continued to escalate globally. Having said that cattle prices (although some easing has occurred) have been at record/ near record highs and Australia exported it’s entire 12-month quota to China in seven months. Already the bull selling season is in full swing with sales and clearance rates up for most breeds of beef cattle.
Here at Rockley Brahmans we are predicting the next 12 months will be solid for both the commercial and stud cattle producer alike but how things are beyond that is anyone’s best guess.
New website launch
Earlier this year we decided to give our website an update to tell our future and prospective clients more about Rockley and its journey over three generations in the last 65 years. At the same time we wished to display show some of our current Rockley genetics which we are extremely proud of. If you have a few minutes take a look at our website www.rockleybrahmans.com.au and I welcome any feedback you have.
We have tried to do something a little bit different with this website and for that we reason engaged Stud Stock Marketing Services who specialise in launching, maintaining and growing Cattle Studs Brands. (www.studstockmarketing.com.au)
Rockley Red Brahmans won’t be selling at Brahman Week (but will be back there in 2021) but will have a number of Elite Red Brahman bulls for sale at Big Country Brahman Sale (Charters Towers- February 2021). A number of clients contacted us in the last twelve months to also secure bulls out of the paddock and once again we have a number of paddock bulls available whether it’s a “one bull purchase” or a “deck of bulls”.
Proven donors are the backbone of Rockley Elite Registered Bulls, so we thought it only natural to highlight a special donor who will make her mark soon enough. A well-mannered and extremely quiet female, she has beautiful udder and is a very maternal cow. Datababe has terrific conformation, is moderately framed, has great do-ability and is a very well-balanced breeder that represents Rockley’s breeding objectives.
Born in 2016 this beautifully bred female has two natural calves on the ground and another new addition due any day now which is credit to her considering last year’s extreme drought conditions. Datababe has also worked tremendously well in IVF and produced 11 calves in a program last year. We are eagerly awaiting her next batch of IVF babies due in September, sired by Elmo Picasso (PP) and we are sure they will be impressive.
Datababe is a full sister to our light pigmented, retained sire, Rockley LP Etheridge and also Rockley Dempsey 168/17 who sold for $50,000 at the Big Country Sale 2019.
Four of her sons are earmarked for Brahman Week 2021 and Big Country 2022. Of special mention are two light pigmented sons (sired by Palmal Pattenson (PS) along with their full sisters who are all consistent.
Datababe is in the top 20% for growth in 200 and 400 days and top 10% for 600 day weight. Flight time and shear force are in the top 5%.