Livestock

Beef’s biggest week is back

By Country News

More than 5000 bulls from almost 200 studs representing a full range of British and European breeds will be on display during 2019 Beef Week, which runs from January 26 to February 3 throughout Victoria and the Riverina.

‘‘We expect these studs will display 5000 bulls and will sell them for $35million during Beef Week and at annual on-property bull sales during February and March,’’ Beef Week director Geoff Phillips said.

Many of the studs open during Beef Week will conduct on-property bull auctions during the busy autumn bull selling season.

These annual sales have catalogued 2500 bulls and these will all be on display for potential buyers to inspect during Beef Week.

‘‘The studs in Beef Week that do not have on-property sales will offer bulls during Beef Week and will also have on display bulls catalogued for the big multi-vendor national sales coming up at Wodonga and Dubbo later in the year,’’ Mr Phillips said.

‘‘We estimate another 2500 bulls will be cleared by these studs.’’

Beef Week is the biggest event of its type in Australia and showcases the nation’s leading beef genetics, particularly in the British and European breeds.

The two best represented breeds are Herefords and Poll Herefords with 55 studs, and Angus with 42.

The next most numerous breed is Limousin with 16 studs followed by Simmental with 12 and Charolais with nine.

‘‘The variety of breeds and genetics available in south-east Australia is on full display and there are genetics and breeds to suit every purpose,’’ Mr Phillips said.

‘‘There are long established breeds such as Shorthorn, Murray Grey, South Devon, Blonde d’Aquitaine and Belted Galloway while some of the newer breeds to Australia, such as Speckle Park and Speckline, are certain to create interest.

‘‘There are also lesser known breeds on display such as Australis, Senegus, Simangus and Twinners.’’

Stud breeders will be on hand at host properties to explain the attributes of the various breeds and advise and discuss the needs of stud and commercial producers.

The RASV Heifer Challenge, which is run in conjunction with Beef Week, has attracted 35 entries with studs displaying 10 heifers from their 2017 drop that will be replacements in their registered breeding herd.

These entries will be on display at a stud’s Beef Week open day.

The champion pen of 10 carries a $3000 cash prize and the reserve champion receives $1500.

For more information about 2019 Beef Week, go to: www.beefweek.com.au