BONNYDALE BLACK SIMMENTALS
The registered herd began in 2013 and grew through the purchase of females from highly regarded cow families of leading herds in Australia as well as the purchase of Juraley Simmental herd in its entirety. From that modest start in 2013, the herd has developed with the aid of international donor females, embryo transfer and artificial breeding practices to be the 120 registered cow herd it is in 2020.
As a teenager the love for the type of cattle that Simmental were, and were becoming, intrigued me and hence the reason for developing my own herd as an 18-year-old. Since entering the seedstock world, bulls have been sold into Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia with further scope to develop a way to offer the Grangeburn genetics to the cattle industry in the north of Australia.
Further to the commitment to the Simmental breed, Brodhi embarked on an international trip to search for donor females as outcross options with increased performance and impeccable structure and type. These genetics have now landed at Grangeburn and will be due for weaning November 2020 and will be available in the future as not only new and exciting but also tried, tested and reputable.
Grangeburn are in the industry to produce top end bulls for the astute cattlemen with value for money. The traits we select for and believe are important in almost any commercial operation are mobile, durable, easy fleshing, slick skinned and well pigmented cattle with maternal calving ease.
To allow the cream to rise to the top with the above traits in mind Grangeburn prefers bulls to be run as one contemporary group from birth through to sale with minimal grain in their diet. Our cheapest feed to produce per kilogram of dry matter is grass, so that’s what our cattle get until the scorching summer heat where they are given access to silage and low grain content pellets.
Our main aim though is to shout everyone in the cattle industry their only free lunch in agriculture, hybrid vigour delivered by Simmental bulls!