Spenbar run approximately 1000 Brahman, Charbray and crossed cows in its commercial herd. All of the commercial herd are run on Kanandah station and Clairview Station. Brahman, Charbray, Charolais and Angus bulls are used over our commercial cattle. All progeny are transported back to Benwerrin for weaning and handled for six (6) weeks, then return to Kanandah to grow out for approximately twelve (12) months before returning back to Benwerrin feedlot for finishing. Our goals are to identify low maintenance, consistent fertile cows with calving ease, good udders and teats and a strong resistance to parasites e.g buffalo fly.
Our cows are required to produce a calf yearly. All cows are pregnancy tested approximately three months after bull removal. By identifying and culling cows we then achieve very rewarding results. A large percentage of bulls used in our herd are home bred so we can monitor their progeny's progress right through to the hook.
In assignment of cattle to Australia Meat Holdings Pty Ltd on the 30th October 2003, Spenbar culled two Charbray bulls for a dress weight of 645.5kg and 606.5kg to return $1807.40 and $1698.20. With both bulls having 4 teeth. In May-June 2004, we shipped out 370 head of bullocks to Independent Meat Traders at Cannon Hill, Brisbane from our feedlot. These bullocks had dressed weights ranging from 256kgs to 498kgs. The group averaged a dressed weight of 359.5kg's to return an average dollar value $1258.30 per bullock.
IF IT AIN’T SPENBAR, IT AIN’T BEEF
Performance: Spenbar commercial cattle excel not only in the show ring but also produce efficient beef cattle. We evaluate our pure bred and crossbred calves sired by our Brahman and Charbray bulls with monitoring of our feedlot and carcass performance. Testaments by leading processors and retail butcher shops are the true responses and answer to the cattleman’s question.
Cattle are mustered at about 15-18 months of age. Effective back grounding of our young cattle is important on entering the feedlot. Correct treatment at induction has contributed strongly to pen health performance. Performance is tracked using a proprietary database that Spenbar designed for use when cattle enter and leave the feedlot. Ear tags are read, cattle are vaccinated for botulism and are segregated by their sex and weight reading into their allocated pens. Approximately 50-60 head per pen, so all cattle have ease of access to water and feed troughs. Good genetics lay the platform to produce consistent high quality domestic and export grain fed cattle to our processors.
All cattle are fed twice a day so there intake ration is closely monitored using dieticians recommendations. Water troughs are cleaned every second day for good hygiene. Spenbar feedlot cattle excel in weight gain. We use a mixture of the following ingredients to produce a high quality ration of wheat, barley straw, sorghum silage, whole cotton seed hulls, cotton seed meal, lime, urea and molasses feedlot concentrate liquid. Our feedlot cattle achieve good fat cover without laying down excess amount of subcutaneous fat. Spenbar bred cattle achieve a high feed conversion with top weight gains and minimal waste.
The cattle above show good fat coverage without excess and have achieved high feed conversion with top weight gains and minimal waste.
When M.S.A first started grading cattle at Cannon Hill, IMPT had 72 of our cattle all with Brahman content graded with 70 passing the stringent criteria.
It was very pleasing to have this high success rate.
Moreton Show and Sale
Spenbar wins at Moreton Show and Sale (October 2004)
First - Class 21 - Korean Heifer over 450 kg's - Sponsored by Macquarie Motors Boonah & Independent Meat Traders
Third - Class 28 - Pen of 3 cows - Grain or Grass - Sponsored by Bundaberg Molasses - Prolix
Harry Redford Show (Roma)
At the Harry Redford Show and Sale at Roma (August 2002) Spenbar took out the following awards:
Spenbar can supply cattle and cattle semen to most countries throughout the world. The link below gives you access to the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service which gives you information about exporting cattle and cattle semen from Australia.