Happy heifers to new home

27 Feb, 2013 01:00 AM
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Le-Grande Angus heifer competition winners Emma Bowen (left)and Matt Green, Boyanup, with their son William and breeders of the heifers John and Val Locke and Rod and Tanya Locke with their son William, at the Locke's Mt Merivale, Esperance property.
Le-Grande Angus heifer competition winners Emma Bowen (left)and Matt Green, Boyanup, with their son William and breeders of the heifers John and Val Locke and Rod and Tanya Locke with their son William, at the Locke's Mt Merivale, Esperance property.

THE line of 10 heifers from the recent $10,000 Farm Weekly and WA Angus Society Win 10 Le-Grande Angus heifers competition have landed at their new home in Boyanup.

Winners Emma Bowen and Matt Green made the journey to Esperance last week to make their selections and had their prized cargo trucked over the weekend.

But they were still finding it hard to believe their ticket was drawn from the more than 4000 entries received.

"Buying a subscription to Farm Weekly would have to be the best $174 I ever spent," Emma said.

"I can't thank enough Farm Weekly, the WA Angus Society, the Lockes and everyone else who made this competition possible.

"The heifers are fantastic, so even, like peas in a pod.

"We will mate them to Angus, maybe via AI to start with, to build up our numbers but might do some crossbreeding later.

"Hopefully they'll all have heifer calves!"

John, Val, Rod and Tanya Locke, who bred the heifers, were just as delighted to see them going the way of such enthusiastic cattle lovers.

"It was a real honour to be asked by the WA Angus Society to supply the heifers for this year's competition," John said.

"We've been running Angus for more than 50 years and love that they're easy care and marketable."

The unmated, February-March 2012 drop heifers were selected from the Locke's draft of 320 keeper heifers mostly AI bred using Te Mania bloodlines with Blackrock bulls as back-up.

"We aim for a nine-week joining for cows and six week joining for heifers and got an 88 per cent in calf rate with the heifers last year," John said.

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