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New bulls boost Katherine Brahman stud

By Patrick Nelson

One of two new additions to CDU’s Brahman Stud at Katherine Rural Campus One of two new additions to CDU’s Brahman Stud at Katherine Rural Campus

Two new high-quality bulls have arrived at Katherine Rural Campus to boost the breeding potential at CDU’s Brahman stud.

Farm and stud overseer Jessica Beckhouse said the bulls were still adjusting to their new surrounds, but had fully recovered from their 2600km road trip from Queensland.

Ms Beckhouse and farm hand Troy Johnson bought the animals, a Fenech bull and a Kariobe Valley bull, for $13,000 at the Rockhampton Brahman Sale last month.

“Both are about two years old,” Ms Beckhouse said.

“The Kariobe Valley bull will allow us to introduce more red into our stud herd.

“We think he’s perfect for the Top End, exceptionally thick, long and smooth.

“The Fenech bull impressed us too, with his length, balance and sturdy frame.

“He also exhibits exceptional grey colouring.”

Ms Beckhouse said the breeding season would begin early in the New Year.

“Each bull will have its own mating group of about 30 cows for about three months from early January.

“We might expect about 50 calves out of this.”