PETERS ANGUS & CATTLE
Our cattle breeding programme at Peters Genetics is focused on:
Low birth weights to avoid dystocia and for ease of calving.
Weaning weight is taken at 200 days, anything below the average will be culled.
The second weight in is taken at 400 days, then a third time at 600days. We’re looking for high and efficient growth.
Semen is only collected from the tested sires.
Cows have the ability to recover quickly from stressed conditions and get back in calf.
We’re constantly monitoring temperament. Uncooperative cattle are culled.
All calves weighed at birth, tagged and recorded for accurate records.
All cows are bred for fertility and must calve unassisted at 2 years, and each subsequent year.
All cattle are bred for and must be of structural soundness. We assess them for carcase attributes including conformation, fleshing and cover.
Any cattle that fail to meet our measures are removed.
Our heifers and first calvers are kept at the Teviot Valley Station so we can observe their genetic potential while they grow. When the calves are able, they’ll join the remainder of the cows on a run property which forms part of Teviot Valley Station. The run property ranges in altitude from 1,500ft to 3,000ft.
The cows are taken out with calves at foot in there mating mobs in the spring and are then mobbed up after two cycles and rotated on developed/tussock blocks. Calves are brought home at weaning while the cows stay out there for the majority of the winter. They have to come back in for calving, so the calf can be weighed, tagged and recorded.
INTENSIVE AI PROGRAM FOR ANGUS BULLS
We administer an intensive artificial insemination (AI) program for our heifers and first and second calvers that weigh in at 360kgs or heavier. It’s an expensive form of breeding and those of heavier weights are most liking to take to it. Approximately 50% of our cows (150 or more) will undergo the AI program.
The purpose of this program is to achieve genetics that meet the angus pure criteria. Angus pure quality assurance is represented by a big red A stamp on the animal’s papers. Angus pure sells at a higher premium, which means more money for the farmer. The sires are selected for their predictability, proven attributes and carcase characteristics.
ANGUS BULL SALES
Our bulls are sold at two years of age. We take them through a second winter and sell them in September, whereas most other farms sell their bulls in May or June. Wintering the bulls comes at a cost to us, but it allows us to present them in the best possible condition about six weeks before the start of mating.
We do this to allow them to express their natural genetic values, and seeing them endure a second winter we can safely eliminate any structural soundness concerns which may arise, such as feet defects. It gives the young bulls time to develop a strong constitution, without risk of being force fed which can lead to problems. Applying this strategy, we can proudly say, we haven’t lost a bull.
Only the best, top 10% of our bulls go to auction, allowing farmers to buy from us with confidence.
Trevor Peters with one of his Angus Bulls.
PRE-SALES INSPECTIONS WELCOME
Prior to a bull sale we encourage clients to come and view the bulls in their natural environment on the farm. We're located at Teviot Valley Station, 1205 Teviot Road, Millers Flat, near Roxburgh.