It has been a year of celebration throughout 2019 with events to recognise this exciting milestone taking centre stage across the year. However while these were taking place, Angus Australia and its members continued to drive the breed forward and ensure it remains at the forefront of the beef industry.
Despite the tough conditions across the country, one thing that has remained consistent has been the demand for Angus and Angus influenced cattle across Australia and the recognition of programs that Angus Australia and its members have been involved in. As we draw closer to the end of the year, it is very timely to reflect on the top stories coming out of Angus Australia.
Here we reflect on the top 10 stories as judged by reader traffic on the website.
Angus Youth and partner Achmea, Australia’s specialist farm insurer, have selected 12 young beef industry representatives from Australia and New Zealand to take part in the inaugural GenAngus Future Leaders Program.
In association with Angus Australia’s centenary celebrations, Dr Sam Clark, Senior Lecturer in Animal Genetics at the University of New England, has investigated the most influential sires in the Angus breed since 1990.
When it comes to commercial Angus breeders, they don’t come much more passionate than Pemberton beef producer John Bendotti. So when the Bendotti family was invited to supply the Angus heifers for this year’s Farm Weekly-WA Angus Breeders WIN 10 Angus Heifers and Rosher/Kubota utility vehicle Competition, Mr Bendotti was understandably excited and “jumped at the chance”.
The Angus Sire Benchmarking Program (ASBP) will see the entry of 33 new bulls, selected from over 60 nominations, to produce the Cohort 10 calves.
The Sydney Royal Angus Feature Show Bull and Female judging took place on the 13th and the 14th of April, with over 328 exceptional animals on display, despite the rough conditions over recent times. The judging was quite a spectacle, with many commenting on the sheer number of exhibits taking part, a testament to the dedication of the breeders and their teams.
Members are reminded of the DNA requirements when registering calves with Angus Australia in the Herd Book Register (HBR), Red Angus Register (RAR), Angus Performance Register (APR), Angus Commercial Register (ACR) or Multibreed Register (MBR).
The 2019 Thomas Foods International Angus Youth Roundup took place in Armidale, NSW from the 10th to the 13th of January. 171 competitors from Australia, New Zealand and Germany flocked to Armidale to participate in the four-day event.
Angus Australia and the CSIRO partnered over a number of years to undertake research into genetic traits related to immune competence and resilience. In a world first for the beef cattle industry, the research undertaken by Angus Australia and CSIRO has resulted in the development of the breeding index value, ImmuneDEX.
The Aberdeen-Angus Herd Book Society was founded in Brisbane on the twelfth day of August 1918, by a group of Queenslanders, George Clarke from East Talgai, Macintosh Charles from the Gootchie Stud and RS Maynard.
The East Pilbara region of northern Western Australia is an area that sets records. It is the largest shire in the world – larger in fact than the state of Victoria, encompassing some 372,571 km2. It also includes the township of Marble Bar, officially known as one of the hottest places in Australia, with highest temperatures recorded since the year 2000 of 49.3c (Dec 2018), 49.1c (Jan 2019) and 47.4c (Mar 2019) recorded respectively.