ABSOLUTE Angus’s belief in offering commercial breeders the opportunity to buy the best available quality Angus genetics continues to drive the stud’s breeding program, with the operation expanding its female herd to 500 for the first time along with presenting one of the stud’s best line-up of bulls to sell at its second annual Autumn Bull Sale on April 7.

Principal Anthony Pisa said every year the bull offering at Absolute was getting “better and better”.

They will be offering 55 eighteen-month-old sires at the April on-property auction.

“Clients now know when they take one of our bulls home, it just goes forward – they are powerful, tough bulls, good doing, with good body depth and structure, feet and smooth skin,” he said.

“Commercially, in this area, our bulls tick all the boxes and its encouraging bulls previously sold to learn their progeny are making top money at market for our clients.”

Anthony is particularly excited about the bulls in the autumn sale line-up by Landfall New Ground N90, a sire he owns in partnership with ABS Genetics.

“New Ground is a VAR Discovery son with what we believe to be the best maternal pedigree in the Angus breed, featuring a who’s who of Angus sires: Reality, Emperor, Infinity, Reagan, 036, Scotchcap, M032, New Design 036 and Dunoon Reagan,” he said.

He describes New Ground as a “perfect allrounder” when it comes to progeny in the sale.

“They are so quiet, and not only do they look good they have the figures that come with it as well – but they are also nice thick in the bum bulls with lots of depth, they keep their heads up high and have a beautiful smooth body, and they are even all the way through,” Anthony said.

“With New Ground you can put him over anything, and a perfect calf comes out.”

And with New Ground’s estimated breeding values, it is no wonder his sons are impressing at Absolute.

The sire’s growth figures are all in the top 10 per cent of the breed, with docility and scrotal in the top 1 per cent, and rib fat in the top 4 per cent.

And he’s not the only standout Angus sire to have sons in the Absolute sale this autumn – bulls by Landfall Keystone K132, Sitz Stellar 726D, Baldridge Command C036 and Ardrossan Honour K341 will also be on offer.

“This bull sale is our best offering to date in terms of genetics and quality – a lot are now from cows that I have bred, and it will be a good sale to show the direction of the stud,” he said.

“And we have used a variety of stud sires to try to get the balance with phenotype and structure and then match the pedigree to the right cow.

“I focus on calving ease, EMA (eye muscle area), carcass growth, milk, and IMF (intramuscular fat). Fat cover is important due to the harsh winters in our region. This ensures the cow holds up well when she is raising her calf.”

Starting out with four females from the Vermont dispersal in 2010, and adding maternal genetics from Te Mania, Forest, Landfall and Kenny’s Creek,

Anthony has stepped up production in the past four years, increasing numbers from 120 females and moving to regular auctions.

“I was selling bulls privately, so with all the genetics coming through, it seemed like the right move,” Anthony said.

And the move could not have been better timed, with the seasonal conditions and beef cattle industry flourishing in the past two years.

“We have had a fantastic season, the commercial producers are making great returns for weaners and the industry is looking amazing and will continue to grow,” Anthony said.

“When it comes to the Angus breed, farmers are becoming more confident with the meat quality – I think it is second to none – and how diversified and versatile this breed can be.”

Absolute Angus will host its second annual autumn bull sale from 1pm on Thursday, April 7, on-property at 292 Trafalgar South Road, Trafalgar South.
Inspections will start from 11am and the sale will be integrated with AuctionsPlus. Visit absoluteangus.com.au for more information.