First crop of Regent bulls Impressive

Posted: Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Te Mania were confident their exciting new sire, Tuwharetoa Regent D145 would have a real impact and they are rapt with the way the progeny have performed.

Regent, who was purchased in partnership with Te Mania Australia and Dunoon Angus Australia in 2010 at the Tuwharetoa dispersal sale NSW for Aust $50,000 was used extensively in his first mating and the results have been impressive. About 40% or 65 bulls out of the 158 on offer at the 2013 Te Mania sale are by Regent.

They have lived up to their high expectations for fertility, growth and carcase,” says John Harrington Te Mania Managing Director.

“We purchased him for the performance package he offered. 

He’s very complete. On the phenotype side Regent is structurally sound offering tremendous feet and legs and is an athletic type of bull.”

“Then when you get to the figures he offers a package that is extremely hard to find. Regent has outstanding growth, tremendous fertility and simply outstanding carcase qualities and is the Number one bull in Australasia for IMF/Marbling with an EBV of +5.3,” he says.

With over 1450 progeny analysed in 35 herds he has become a trait leader in 200, 400 and 600 Day weight. His massive carcase weight sits him in the top 1% for that trait and he is also a trait leader for EMA with a huge EBV of 10.7.

“Yet with the explosive growth he possesses he has plenty of cover in rib and rump. Both are very positive,” says John.

All this is reflected in his outstanding indexes He is top 1% for all indexes and in Australia is the number one bull for long fed CAAB $ index on the latest sire summary report.

“They are ideally suited to those wanting to lift performance in weaning weight or those aiming to get heifers up to weight for mating at 400 days,” says John.

“From what we have seen here, they are ideal over Infinity daughters. He will be an impact sire and expect he will follow on from what Infinity has done in our herd.”

“They will influence the key economic traits that maximise profitability for commercial farmers and are the type of cattle that will perform in the paddock, in the saleyards and on the hook,” he says.

The outstanding carcase qualities seen in these Regent sons will ensure they are ideal for those producing cattle for high quality premium markets, which are paramount, as farmers strive to produce a consistent product that is an enjoyable eating experience for end consumers. 

This is shown by his outstanding farmpure Premium Beef $Index of 230. The farmpure Premium Beef Index identifies animals who will be improve performance in self-replacing herds targeting the production of steers and heifers for a premium product range, like Progressive’s Finest Angus range, which is sold in Countdown supermarkets throughout New Zealand.

The Te Mania bull sale on 19 June will be the first opportunity for breeders and commercial farmers to secure these new leading edge genetics that are sure to give a considerable boost to the genetic gain of your herd.

“We have never catalogued so many sons by one sire before and the whole line is very consistent and will offer uniformity for those wanting to buy groups of sires,” says John.

“Regent will offer diversity on pedigree and will continue to enhance your herd’s performance.”

In 2012 just a few Regent sons were offered  in Australia and one of the first to be sold fetched $32,000 to top the sale. 

At the 2013 autumn bulls sales in Australia Regent sons were extremely sought after. Dunoon Angus sold 38 sons out of 129 bulls offered, with the top price of $20,000 and an average of $6750. The average of the whole offering was just $5368 and a Regent son secured the top price.

At Te Mania in Australia 12 sons sold to a top of $24,000 and averaged $10,500.

He has been highly sought after for his meat quality and growth traits and stands out as one of the top sires available for producing high quality steers and heifers.

“He’s the type of bull that will give you a real boost in growth, carcase quality and fertility, without sacrificing shape in his progeny,” says John.

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