"Attending a Field Day 14 years ago in Gidgegannup, Western Australia, certainly influenced the breeding direction for Mark & Margaret Rawlings in their Dexter stud. There Margaret met Peter Chilcott from Supergene who explained his theories on fertility, the importance of the female line on maternal traits, femininity in females and the importance placed on the dams of bull calves. The careful consideration of these key points has seen the Rawlings be able to breed a line of cattle consistent in type and exhibiting all of the traits sought after in highly productive cattle.
They are now showcasing 14 years of breeding their dual purpose cattle with an on-farm Field Day being held on Sunday 22 January with their guest speaker Mr Peter Chilcott, from Supergene. Their farm is at 1599 Preston Road, Preston, 20 kms inland from Ulverstone in North West Tasmania.
A focus on fertility for all breeds of cattle is the theme for the day, which then equates to more profitable farm enterprises for farmers. The dairy industry, and also the beef industry to a lesser degree, has issues with cattle being less fertile than they would desire and the impact to their bank balance is significant. If commercial producers only can grasp that major point from the Field Day then they will go away with a different thought process on how to improve dollar returns per acre.
The theories hold true to all cattle and cattle breeders are encouraged to attend to see the results first hand."
Wouldn't we all like to see cattle like these in our paddocks!!