Since we have been using the Beef Monitor, our average deadweight has increased from 376kg to 399kg. That is an extra 23kg of value per
beast, and on that basis, coupled with few weight penalties, I think this system can certainly pay for itself,”
The Corskie cattle actually grade well with the majority ‘U’ and rarely any ‘R’s, and consistently fat class three or four.
The system also confirmed that ‘diluting’ the
bought-in finishing blend with home-grown cereals to reduce costs, was actually not that
cost-effective. The whole pen stood still for two weeks afterwards, something we would
just not have known, and so we then switched
back to 100% blend.
The last complete batch of 50 bulls achieved an average daily live weight gain over 93 days of 2.16kg, the highest being 2.73kg which was
a Simmental cross. The best Shorthorn sired
was 2.37kg. “It has also helped us identify a home-bred stock bull as a top performer for
his progeny’s daily gain”