We are breeders of commercial Droughtmaster cattle underpinned by the genetics of our bull breeding operation. As such we are well aware of the profit drivers in the beef industry and realize that a functional breeder herd achieving high survival and calving rates is the main determinant of profitability in breeder and breeder/fattener enterprises We don’t waste selection pressure on anything that isn’t related to dollars for a commercial operation.
High levels of breeder performance and environmental adaptation are intrinsically linked because only functional cows are able to maintain body condition to survive, lactate, cycle and fall pregnant in our too often challenging environment. Our cows are run under strictly commercial management conditions so that we can select the genetics that will be profitable for our commercial clients, and are expected to present a healthy calf for branding each year after a fourteen week joining period during which it may or may not rain.
The Bulls we offer you are the product of our efficient females. They are run on Buffel grass pastures under the same conditions as our steers, before a 100 day silage preparation at Muan, Biggenden. Len Gibbs and his crew are the masters at safely preparing bulls without compromising their current and future health.
We do not believe in over-preparing our bulls and often face d i s c r i m i n a t i o n in the marketplace because of it. However, we continue to under prepare our bulls so they can over perform for our clients. As a result, Valera Vale bulls have a reputation for being able to adapt to any of the conditions experienced throughout Northern Australia. We do hear from clients that bulls grow too big but have never had them criticize them for being small.
We do not trim feet. Ever.
We guarantee our bulls in both the short and long term as will be attested by our long term clients. If one of our bulls does not perform to your standards, we need to know so that we can fix the problem.
We were late converts to the breeding of polled cattle, and did not see any problem with dehorning. Our clients began demanding polled bulls and we struggled to accommodate the demand using phenotypically polled and even DNA tested “homozygous poll” sires. We found the existing DNA tests to be very unreliable and they have only ever been presented as having a less than 100% probability of having the right result. With the development of more accurate SNP DNA test by Neogen we have been able to select for poll cattle more effectively and have had no further instances of horn calves from inaccurately identified “Polled” bulls. This has allowed us to produce large numbers of polled cattle without having to sacrifice selection for other traits. We are now convinced of the value of breeding polled cattle especially in light of the 2% extra mortality recorded in the broadly based Cash Cow project.
We confidently predict that none of our PcPc bulls will produce a horned calf regardless of the horn status of the females. These PcPc bulls can dehorn a herd in one generation.