When Mike Ward from Jardine in Queensland needs a bull, he travels to Bridgetown, Western Australia just to source his Black Simmental bulls from Mike Introvigne’s Bonnydale Simmental Stud.
Over the last 2 years Mike Ward, from Jardine in Queensland, has entered milk tooth Black Simmental Brangus cross steers in the Central Queensland Carcase Classic Competition.
The CQCC has classes for both grass fed and grain fed cattle in carcase weight ranges of Under & Over 300kg and usually attracts nominations of around 350 head each year. The Ward families, first year of competition in 2015 they had a steer who placed Reserve Champion Carcase of the whole competition of Grain and Grass fed classes. He was a grass fed steer with a carcase weight of 250kg.
In their second year in 2016, they had a grass fed steer who placed second in the Over 300kg Class weighing in at 335kg. Another steer entered won the Highest Meat Yielding Carcase of the whole competition at 230kg with a yield was 65.9%.
Mike also supplies led show steers to the Rockhampton State High School each year and this year, one of those won the Champion Led Steer at the Rockhampton Junior Beef Show from a class of 48 entries.
The students and staff at RSHS look forward to the little black steers arriving each year, to be broken in, fed and prepared for the following years show season and the Ward family get a big kick out of seeing their little black steers grow up, achieve and succeed in the show ring and on the hook.
All steers have been sired by Bonnydale Black Simmental bulls and are out of high grade Brangus foundation cows.
To date, the Ward family have been overwhelmed by the docility, fertility, maturity and weight for age growth of the Black Simmental F1 progeny in their herd. Mike says the heifers are outstanding and they are looking forward to taking them onto the next level of promoting the Black Simmental influence within other Central Queensland based Bos Indicus cow herds.
The Ward family have their first two SimBrangus bulls booked into the Elders All Breeds Sale to be held at Rockhampton 14-15 February 2017 and are hoping for favourable outcome.
They are looking forward to more little black calves in the future.