Since 1974 we have made significant investment in buying elite genetics. Some of the early bulls that we purchased included Koojan Hill Olympus and The Glen Sandboy.
As a foundation member of the Australian Murray Grey Syndicate, our herd surged forward with the introduction of several sires. Two of the most influential were: The Croft Kernewek and Orcadia Park Rembrandt. We used two of their sons extensively: Koojan Hill Dempsey (maternal brother to Koojan Hill Silvercrest) and Bundaleer Jones 217 ET. Outside our herd, daughters by these bulls have produced Monterey Egyptian and Southend Westrowan - both have been feature sires at Monterey and Southend Murray Grey Stud.
In the early nineties we purchased embryos sired by Lochaber-Braes Diplomat and retained a son, Bundaleer Max M33, we retained most of Max’s daughters and used one of his sons extensively, Bundaleer Payday. Shortly after his first season we sold Payday (right) privately to Martindale Murray Grey Stud. He was the first bull we sold for five figures.
Toward the end of the 90s we purchased Monterey Shiloh (lower right) at the Monterey Invitation Sale, a sale that was fast becoming a feature on the Murray Grey cattle sale circuit. Shiloh is the second calf of one of the top females of the 90s, Monterey Magnolia M73. With over 20 progeny and a multi-trait leader she has stamped her mark on the breed. Shiloh’s impact on our herd came with perfect timing. We bred him to our large Bundaleer Prophet and Payday daughters and the results were outstanding. Progeny topped our sales (setting a new record $7500) and daughters won the Champion Pair of Heifers at the Western Australian Interbreed Heifer Show.
We have since used several of his sons, including; Bundaleer Uncle Sam U18 and Bundaleer World Class W18. Uncle Sam, sire of Bundaleer X Road X37 (Crossroad) won Supreme Murray Grey Exhibit at the 2005 Perth Royal Show in the year of The Murray Grey World Congress. He went on to break our private sale record with physical possession and international marketing rights being secured for $67,000AUD. Ownership and marketing rights were secured by Woodbourn - Tasmania, Ashrose - UK, Eagle Run Ranch - USA and Gilmor Ranch - Canada.
In search of a new sire to breed over our Shiloh daughters we travelled and searched extensively. Two sires stood out: Monterey Gotcha and Willalooka Mainbreak V856 (right). Both bulls had exceptional figures, growth, muscling and phenotype with slight differences in length, muscling and thickness. However, it was the outcross genetics that weighed in Mainbreak’s favour. Mainbreak’s sons went on to break new records with several sons exceeding the $7000 mark, with a new auction high of $9000AUD.
The culmination of Payday, Shiloh and Mainbreak led to several home bred bulls being retained in the herd, including: Cash Flow Y6, Power Play A2 and True Blue A68. Bundaleer Cash Flow Y6 (below right) a heifer’s first calf impressed us from the start, he had low birth, high 400 day growth, plenty of thickness and muscling and a strong maternal line - Koojan Hill Melissa. Cash Flow has been used mostly over our larger grey females. A son, True Blue A68 (below) has shattered all our growth and EMA records and his progeny possess high 400 day growth with moderate maturity.
With the advent of DNA testing placing another selection criteria on our breeding program we decided to retain Bundaleer Power Play A2 (right). Power Play was one of the first bulls tested in Australia to carry all 8 markers for tenderness. Power Play has been used over our Mainbreak daughters where this blend produced Reserve Junior Champion, Junior Champion and Grand Champion Female along with winning the Progeny Group at the 2008 Perth Royal Show.
The next bull on the scene is reminiscent of the story Dad resights from Don Gadd. It is about never paying too much and buying top bulls for the right price. That was the case with Abrolis Greys Ambrose A3. He was purchased at Don Waltons dispersal sale for $900 and in hindsight he has been the best value for money bull we have bought to date. (WY3 A3 right) The extra 'bang for our buck' came in his first group of sons where they averaged around $5000. Along with becoming a multi-traitleader his daughters have gone on and display super capacity, type and feminity.
Through the 00s we had a enviable line of females in phenotype and performance figures. Bundaleer females were doing us proud with Southend, Tullibardine, Melaleuca and Monterey all using bulls out of Bundaleer females. The young females in our own herd were carrying the same potency, offering explosive growth with moderate mature cow weight combing doing ability with high retail beef yield. This lead us into a the next genetic hunt for an all-rounder. A bull that would not 'rock the boat' and we believe we found it in type and pedigree in Monterey Freight Train B275.
He was highly rated by Senior Stud Stock Auctioneer John Wirth, from Landmark, along with several of our commercial clients. Unfortunately Freight Train falied to provide an acceptable conception rate and was retired early. His few calves although smaller in type had good conformation.
In the same year we acquired Melaleuca Chaser C267 for our heifers. Chaser C267 was used for two seasons over the heifers then 'graduated' into the main herd where he has clicked exceptionally well with the Bundaleer True Blue daughters.
After three sensational drops of calves by Bundaleer True Blue A68 we struck a deal with Tasmanian Murray Grey Studs, Wiltshire and Murfield in a strait swap, True Blue for Murfield Apache A1. With Apache's proven track record and a super young son (Wilsthire Crown Prince) being sold ($10,000) to Wallawong and Rogilla Park (NSW) we were optimistic about the contribution Apache had to offer Bundaleer. His rave reviews came justly supported with his first drop of calves. Stylish, thick, well-muscled cattle that have lived up to his physical attributes.
Feedback from our our commercial clients continue to drive our genetic selection even harder. Without compromising on type, growth, muscle we started head hunting for a a sire that would take us to the right of the EBV graph with calving ease, birth weight and IMF. As losing bidder on Tullibardine Fomula One at $15,000 we purchased a cracking substitute in a senior sire, Woodbourn Warrior A69. With 12 of his traits in or around the top 10% of the breed, inclusive of a birth weight at +1.8 with 92% accuracy and a 200 Day Growth in the top 5% he is an exciting sire to welcome to our sire battery. Elywarra Sands Murray Grey Stud, South Australia, rate him very highly and in 2011 Warrior was used in the Coolibah beef cattle breeding program by one of Australia's largest beef operations, SD Kidman Cattle Co.
It had been 20 years since our last physical purchase from The Glen and whilst it is early days on this unproven sire we feel The Glen Bass F379 will breed bulls that our commercial clients will be drawn to. Bass F379 has our usual top percentile growth and carcase weight figures but his IMF sets him apart from other WA bulls being in the top 5% of the breed. Bass F379 is pictured here on sale day at 13 months.