Culling is Maine reason for Knowsley beef stud success

By Rodney Woods

Extensive culling over 30 years has resulted in the sound, moderate-sized, meat-producing herd Maine Park is today.

Maine Park owners Clint Worden and Bridgid Fry breed Maine-Anjou cattle, and the culling focuses on any issues in hooves, udders and calving ability, with all calves born large later used in the meat trade and not bred-on with.

A focus on easy calving has not affected the Knowsley (between Heathcote and Bendigo) stud's ability to get weight for age in their cattle, with bulls weighing around 625 kg at 14 months on grass and hay alone.

“Weight and quality improve each year, with each new batch of calves,” Ms Fry said.

“We put that success down to keeping only the best females and using a progressive approach.

“Our cattle must stay sound and do well on grass and hay.”

Maine Park has traditional red and whites as well as black and polled Maine-Anjou.

They have sold bulls as far north as northern Queensland and as far south as King Island.

Having had interest from overseas in their black bull, Black Moocha, Maine Park recently became one of the first Australian Maine-Anjou studs to export semen to Canada.

“Due to increasing interest form overseas, we plan to export semen from a red and a red and white bull in 2020,” Ms Fry said.

Maine Park offers a three-year structural guarantee on their cattle.

The herd is also pestivirus-free, is rated J-BAS 8 (Johne's Beef Assurance Score) and DNA-tested for parent verification.

Maine Park will be open for Beef Week on Sunday, February 2, with bulls and females for sale on the day. Maine Park is at 408 Drummonds Lane, Knowsley.

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