Limousin breeders will have a great opportunity to buy some top quality females to enhance their herds with Raven stud, Field, holding its first-stage dispersal sale later next month.
In August last year, Jason and Penny Schulz put their stud up for sale on AuctionsPlus as a 'turn key' opportunity, with the package including their entire herd along with the prefix and associated branding.
At the time it did not sell.
"We had strong enquiry from NSW and Qld studs but they couldn't get here because of the border closures," he said. "By November when they could get in we had gone through the process of a dispersal sale."
On Friday, February 25, following their annual on-property bull sale, the Schulz family will offer 21 pregnancy-tested in-calf cows, 13 PTIC 2020-drop heifers, four open donor females, 22 weaner heifers and 19 cow-calf units, along with some genetic packages.
These females are largely due to calve in June and July.
Mr Schulz hopes it will give new stud breeders a chance to establish their stud with some high performance females and for other established breeders to start new cow families.
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"Offering it as a whole first meant that a lot of people were excluded," he said. "We had plenty of offers for groups of cattle so now everyone will get the same opportunity to access our genetics."
Mr Schulz said they had thoroughly enjoyed breeding stud cattle throughout the past 13 years since purchasing embryos from the Kensal Black Limousin dispersal sale in late 2007.
However selling the stud was necessary for the "evolution of their family business" and the timing was right with unprecedented cattle prices.
"We have always put 110 per cent into the stud herd, from our record keeping to our mating choices, but we are looking to purchase more land and will not have the time to keep doing this," he said. "We also want to spend more time with our young children."
Mr Schulz said they were pleased with the progress they had made in their breeding objectives; with Raven cattle having the carcase merits that the Limousin breed was renowned for while also easily finishing on grass.
"Positive fat has been part of our breeding objectives, which correlates with eating quality and we are a leading herd (in the breed) for intramuscular fat but have still been chasing eye muscle area too," he said.
"We have also increased the fertility and calving ease and really reduced the gestation length of our cows.
"Here at Raven, all these traits are in black coated animals, which are polled, although we will have a few red (coated) females in the sale."
Raven's bull sale will be held at 3pm with the dispersal sale to follow at 4:30pm.
A final stud dispersal sale - which includes the remaining females and weaner bulls - is likely to be held later in the year.
Raven's Limflex females will be retained in their commercial beef herd, which they hope to expand, along with growing their sheep enterprise.
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