THE home of the Kildarra Red Angus stud may have changed to Forest Hill but the top quality of bulls it will offer at this year's Nutrien Livestock Great Southern All Breeds Bull Sale has not.
In the sale on Tuesday, January 18 at Mt Barker, the stud will offer three bulls which are all by Willandra Krugerrand K91.
Stud co-principal Graeme Smith said Krugerrand K91 had produced soft, easy doing bulls that were structurally correct and the three bulls on offer would suit any type of operation.
"All three are easy-doing, well-framed sires with good structure, depth of body and soft fleshing," Mr Smith said.
It has been a big past six months for the Smith family.
They have not only moved their stud from Albany to Forest Hill in the second half of the year, but they also saw their breeding shine through at last year's Perth Royal Show.
In the interbreed competition they saw a four-year-old bull they bred (later sold to the Esperance Farm Training Centre, Escholar stud, Esperance), Kildarra North Star N17, take out the interbreed senior champion bull title when it was exhibited by Escholar.
In the competition, judge Charles Cowcher, Willandra Red Angus stud, Williams, said the bull was holding up so well structurally for a 4yo sire.
"He is very well-balanced, has great thickness and top line and is very smooth and strong underneath," Mr Cowcher said.
"I love the bull's muscle pattern with the strength in its forearms indicating muscle and not fat cover, you don't want fat in the forearms."
A daughter of North Star N17, Escholar Robin R17 also exhibited by Escholar claimed the supreme Red Angus exhibit award.
Along with seeing this success of the stud's bloodlines the Smiths also exhibited their own winners including the junior champion bull, Kildarra Rawhide R23 and the reserve junior champion bull, Kildarra Rattle and Hum R5, which is a half brother to the stud's three sale bulls.
The Smith family encourages prospective buyers looking for bulls to provide ease of management to consider their Red Angus sires.
"We have found Red Angus cattle provide ease of management through being great converters of pasture to meat and in turn are more marketable and receive higher prices when the commercial product is sold," Mr Smith said.
Figures on the sale bulls are available on request prior to or on sale day and the bulls have also all been semen tested.
The entire herd of Kildarra has been tested for BVDV and are all negative for Pestivirus and has tested negative for Johnes Disease and is J-BAS 8 accredited.
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