Almost Show Time

We have been busy at Anjouliette preparing young stock for Bendigo Show!

Both our bull, Anjouliette Noah and heifer Anjouliette Nell will be competing Friday October 26, at the Beef Friday Feature Interbreed Junior Bull & Heifer Classic.

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The Waiting Game

Anjouliette Lil is the first to calve in our herd this year and we’re eagerly awaiting the calf, sired by Ex-Vee Hawkeye…

Anjouliette Lil is the first to calve in our herd this year and we’re eagerly awaiting the calf, sired by Ex-Vee Hawkeye.

Did you know there’s many factors behind the length of gestation for cows? Including:

  • First calvers generally have shorter gestation.
  • It’s believed breed has the most influence on gestation period.
  • European beef breeds (including Maine-Anjou) usually have a longer gestation than British beef breeds.

Our herd calves all year round as this works best for selling beef direct to customers. Apart from a due date, we know the signals our females are preparing for calving and Anjouliette Lil is displaying these with udder development and the softening of the vulva. But how do we know the calf is coming in the next 24 hours?

Well the pelvic ligaments will completely relax. The ligaments between the tail and pin bone on each side will be sunken (or feel loose on a beefy cow), meaning the cow’s body is ready for birth – it’s usually around 12 hours after this that a calf will be born.

We selectively breed from sires with low birth weights, easy calving ability and desirable traits to work in conjunction with the dam’s many attributes. For now we just have to play the waiting game until Anjouliette Lil calves!

What’s JBAS?

Well it’s the acronym for Johne’s Beef Assurance Score. It represents more than just a concern for the Johne’s disease, the scheme is a farm risk assessment tool. Our farm has created a bio-security plan with practices to minimise the risk of any diseases or weeds entering the property.

We hold a JBAS score of 7, having had our herd tested for Johne’s disease and having clear results. In addition, we have been testing our cattle for the presence of Pestivirus for many years and have received all clear results.

It’s important to us that we protect our herd from potential contamination that could affect their integrity. We have foot washes for our shoes after visiting off farm, we have quarantine areas for cattle from other farms (even if they have a JBAS of 7 or higher for example one issue is they could be carrying seeds of pest plants ingested or on their exterior).

We’re committed to breeding quality cattle and that means bio-security a priority.

Autumn at Anjouliette

Welcome to our first blog here at Anjouliette!

Most of our herd is in the final months of their gestation with calves due from July onward! We’re incredibly lucky to have a plentiful supply of water and pasture, the complete opposite of last year.

We’re excited about our first black Maine-Anjou heifer, Maine Park Latoya was welcomed into the herd after the Maine-Anjou Beef Australia National Sale in April.

We are starting to plan for the 2017 show season and select cattle that will be exhibited.

The weather is beginning to become quite cool and our herd is adapting to the temperature change well, all growing enough coat to stay warm.

Be sure to keep up with our herd on this blog, Facebook, Instagram and our website!