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US Tour 2013

Brief Overview

Dimity and I travelled to the US for ten days late in 2013 to inspect herds and cattle that would potentially have an influence on the Millah Murrah program.

We spent time at Ellingson Angus and Schaff Angus Valley in North Dakota and then travelled to Linskov Thiel Ranch in South Dakota.

It is the second time I had visited this part of the world in recent years and again I was impressed by the type of cattle and organized operation of these three herds.

Chad Ellingson & Dimity at Ellingson Angus Ranch North Dakota.

Chad Ellingson & Dimity at Ellingson Angus Ranch North Dakota.

Resource son at SAV

Resource son at SAV

Brent Thiel & Dimity

Brent Thiel & Dimity

"As a Seed Stock breeder you have to resist temptation” Brent Thiel."

 

LT Driven 9087 in the paddock at LT ranch.

LT Driven 9087 in the paddock at LT ranch.

LT Driven 9087 in the paddock at LT ranch.

LT Driven 9087 in the paddock at LT ranch.


We identified LT Driven 9087 as a great type of bull for Millah Murrah and assessed him as follows:

  • 1st daughters in production have excellent udder shape and attachment and sappy calves.
  • Dam aged 10 shows her age but has plenty of capacity, a strong head and very good feet. 
  • Driven = Frame 5.8 – 6
  • Front feet and rear feet are extremely strong and well formed.
  • Excellent hock & heel depth
  • A very mobile bull with sound overall structure and a tremendous disposition.
  • Great head and good carriage.
  • B- muscle
  • Very good pattern over the top.
  • Fine skin and hair.
  • Good shoulder set up
  • Good fill through the chine
  • Plenty of body length and capacity.

 

Driven has been used at Millah Murrah in the Spring 2013 and Autumn 2014 joining programs.


We travelled from South Dakota to De Forest, Wisconsin, to ABS and here we encountered the bull EF Complement 8088.

 

EF Complement 8088 on centre at ABS De Forest.

EF Complement 8088 on centre at ABS De Forest.

EF Complement 8088 on centre at ABS De Forest.

We assessed Complement as follows:

  • Frame 5.8
  • Front Feet good
  • Back feet good
  • Heel good
  • Hock good
  • Shoulder: for such a high muscle content bull he has a very well laid shoulder with outstanding fill behind the shoulder through the chine and in through the mid piece. One of the best bulls in this department that I have seen for a good long while.
  • Mobility good
  • Head Strong
  • Head carriage good
  • Temperament looked brilliant
  • Long bull
  • Sheath: moderate
  • Scrotal very good
  • Skin and hair beautiful
  • Doing ability seems excellent
  • Overall Complement has heaps of depth and capacity and great Angus breed character.

 

Complement has been used at Millah Murrah in the Spring 2013 and Autumn 2014 joining programs.

We travelled down to Virginia to inspect more bulls and then trekked back to Australia. A highly successful trip turning up a couple of top prospects. We are very excited at the prospect of calves from Driven and Complement. They will be the first Complement progeny to arrive in Australia, due in mid-July.

America will always be an important source of Angus genetics, if for no other reason than the sheer scale of the industry there. Like Australia, breeding philosophies range from the obsessive “top 1% paper people” to those seeking to imitate the Euro breeds. However my feeling is that the “broad mid section” of the Angus industry there is currently focussed on the type of cattle we are seeking at Millah Murrah - namely mid framed, thick, easy doing cattle with solid EPD performance. We had the sense that the Angus breed in USA is in a very sound state of moderation at present and so will travel there regularly in the mid-term to inspect prospective sires as they come forward.