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Calling all southern
Entries are now open for the
2013 Alto Young Butcher &
Competenz Butcher Appren-
tice of the Year.
proteges are fine tuning their
technique in preparation for
the regional finals in July.
Competition organiser Kim
Doran, of Retail Meat New
Zealand, said competition
was fierce, with those in the
young butcher category
vying for a prize trip to
Europe where they would
support the Wedderburn
Sharp Blacks, the national
butchery team, during the
butchery tri nations in 2014.
Those in the apprentice
category are also battling for
some big prizes, including
cash and a study tour to
Doran said the contest was
becoming more intense each
''Competitions have become
a big part of how we profile
our industry and our young
butchers are at the grass-
roots of it all,'' Doran said.
Entrants have until June 14
to get their entries in. They
will then have to compete in
one of five regional finals.
The winners of these
regional finals will then go
onto the Grand Final in
Auckland on August 16.
Cattle experts share tips
Selecting good bulls vital to get optimum calving output
By DIANE BISHOP
Talking shop: University of Adelaide Associate Professor Wayne Pitchford, left, and Bob Dent, of Bob Dent Cattle Services
at the Better Beef Cow workshop in Winton last week.
Look for good legs: Bulls should be structurally sound like this Murray Grey
owned by Barry Macdonald.
New Zealand farmers have
adopted a ''toughen up princess''
attitude to managing beef cows,
says a leading expert in animal
breeding and genetics.
University of Adelaide Associate
Professor Wayne Pitchford said
commercial beef cattle were
traditionally run on tough
country and used to clean up or to
complement the sheep operation
while others, mainly stud
breeders, strictly managed their
''In one group you've got the
control freaks and in the others
are the toughen up princesses,''
Mr Pitchford told farmers at a
Better Beef Cow workshop on
Barry Macdonald's Winton farm.
The workshops, which have been
held around the country, looked
at maternal productivity and
structural soundness in the beef
herd and followed on from the
Better Bull Buying workshops
held last year.
Mr Pitchford said the concern for
Australian beef producers was
that the angus was becoming
bigger, quieter and leaner and
more European in type, and it
required more feeding but was
not more efficient.
He believed the most important
factor in getting heifers in-calf
was weight and good fat cover
was also critical.
He encouraged farmers to target a
mating weight of 400 kilograms
and to cull dry heifers and those
that got in calf late in the season.
Mr Pitchford said muscling was
an important component in
heifers as more muscle equalled
Bull selection also played an
important role in getting a good
calving result out of heifers and
he wanted farmers to focus on
days to calving and calving ease.
Bob Dent, of Bob Dent Cattle
Services, based in New South
Wales, said a working bull would
last about three years so the more
calves he produced, the more
efficient he would be.
He said a $5000 bull would cost
about $1333 a year and if it
produced 30 calves a year. It
would be at a cost of $44 per calf
but if they produced 50 calves it
would be $27 per calf.
If 50 heifers were put to the bull 45
should be in-calf within the first
nine weeks, he said.
Mr Dent said the key to getting
bulls to stay active for longer was
to select bulls with good legs and
avoid those with too straight legs
or sickle hocks.
Farmers should also choose those
with good size testicles as they
were likely to produce large
numbers of sperm.
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