Ardcairnie focuses on achieving a good balance of Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) in each generation of calves. Matesel, with balanced outcomes and focusing on the Angus Breeding Index is used to identify the best combination of AI and natural sires with our females at each mating time; AI sires are chosen for a balance of the strengths needed as well as maintaining the diversity of bloodlines in the herd.
Females are culled if they are not pregnant at pregnancy test time, or fail to deliver a calf. (According to our preg tester, industry statistics suggest 2% of females tested pregnant will not deliver a calf.) Surplus to our own requirements females are sold for breeding.
We are convinced that the sensible use of Angus Group Breedplan information, allied to visual and temperament assessment, assists and compliments our breeding objectives which are:
1 The production of replacement females for our herd;
2 The meeting of specifications of the top end of the carcase market resulting in satisfying beef means for the end consumer;
3 The production of bulls to cater for these two areas at reasonable cost for us and our clients.
As yearlings, all females are double vaccinated with Ultravac 7 in 1 and Pestigard; the males with Ultravac 7 in 1, Vibrovax and Pestigard 4 – 6 weeks apart. The sale and keeper bull mob receive their annual booster vaccination before the bull sale. Our keeper pregnant females also receive booster vaccinations.
Our herd ident with the Angus Society of Australia is WJM so you can check out any of our animals on the Society website. Using Angus Tech, you can register to enter, or enter as a guest and search to your heart’s content.
Our commitment to our bull buying clients is that their females will have calves by an Ardcairnie bull purchased from us. If there are problems, they will be dealt with as quickly as possible.
Jim & Pam McGregor
P: +61 8 98 310 401
M: +61 417 942 326
Our stud is located on Maybenup at 22327 Albany Highway just south of the town of Kojonup in the Great Southern of Western Australia, approximately 240kms south of Perth.