Why Sarum is Different
We don’t use American genetics.
We don’t feed our cattle on crops, grain or pellets, our herd is grass fed.
We have uniquely pure old NZ/Australian blood lines.
Our herd is genetically high in marbling, muscling,tenderness, fertility & conversion on grass.
We don’t use Breed Plan,.we scan, weigh and use genetic testing for M.V.P markers.
Our cattle are easy calving, quiet , sound & functional, performing under tough circumstances.
We don’t pull calves.
Our genetic combinations are unique to us.
The late Malcolm McCosker OAM, legendary Rural Press journalist wrote:
“Backed by more than 90 years of Angus breeding, Sarum Angus stud near Toowoomba continues as a positive bridge between the finest attributes of the breed in the past and the best elements of commercially relevant beef production today.”
As Angus breeders, we wonder where the Angus breed is going & feel that some of the best attributes of the breed have already gone.
Many of the characteristics Angus cattle were so well known for still exist in the heavier and bigger so called modern Angus but a wake up call is needed in reference to the most economical production of beef per hectare of land used. Some of the best attributes of the moderately sized Angus cattle, once universally hailed as the “best” Angus, have been lost and are in danger of disappearing from the breed, e.g. longevity, fertility, low birthweights, and the ability to work and forage on tough country.
A great concern is the reckless pursuit in the modern Angus world of extremes, whether they be in height, length,adult weights, daily growth or figures. Pumped up grain fed bulls, unable to walk properly, joints destroyed after a few years work and a maximum working and fertility life of seven years if they’re lucky, poor muscling and the inability to convert off grass are not what Angus were about.
Breed Plan - why we don't use it...
We are not exponents of Breed Plan, as we don’t believe it does what it was meant to do! We place huge importance on temperament, sound structure, longevity and fertility; traits that Breed Plan cannot evaluate.Buyer beware! There are a lot of bad bulls with great figures out there in the market place & buyers need value for their money!
We feel that the initial data input is not always accurate & buyers can be influenced by the ratings alone of computer generated figures. Rather than estimated figures, we prefer to deal in factual statistics, e.g. scanning, weighing & genetic testing of M.V.P.s for quantitative traits such as tenderness and conversion rates as a much more desirable system with independent laboratory testing for the specifics of meat tenderness and marbling.
We believe in weight for age, minimum waste & maximum red meat; our cattle have the aptitude for putting on a great amount of meat with just sufficient fat on grass. Huge emphasis is placed on bulls, but the bull is only half the equation, if you don’t have good blood in your cows, you’ve had it; it’s like a good foundation for building a house! Cows from older bloodlines can still be healthy and calving successfully at seventeen years of age & over, while bulls with old genetics seem to work far past the use by date of those with modern bloodlines. Because our bloodlines are older, and well before Breed plan, we know exactly what each of our families can do.
Why We Don't Use American Genetics...
We have resisted using American genetics initially for temperament, lower meat quality & poorer performance over time, and latterly for the genetic diseases being introduced through American Angus genetics into our herds.
The introduction of large European breeds into the American Angus to escalate the frame size of Angus, we feel, has been very detrimental to the quality and performance of the breed; genetic diseases AM, NH, CA,& DD were unheard of in the early Scottish, English, American, New Zealand & Australian Angus herds until the introduction of the newer American genetics.
For those breeders who claim they have “pure “Australian and New Zealand blood lines, click back through their pedigrees, and you will find that their blood lines are loaded with American genetics, but with animals born in Australia for several generations, and being labelled “Australian Angus.”
Instead, we have emphasized the original qualities which attracted Eaton Webster to the breed; quality beef, longevity, good weight for age, performance, sound feet, high fertility, good milk & muscle, easy calving, intelligence & the ability to forage and fatten on grass.
We remain firmly committed to cost return benefits, supplying a highly productive, easy care animal that won’t break down under seasonal or feed pressures.
In today’s world of media hype and pumped up marketing of poor performing commodities, Sarum is a genetic bridge from the past to the present; selling a practical, economic & different product to suit today’s conditions and markets.
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Greg and Pamela Webster
"Sarum Angus Bulls have been used with great success in our “Lochaber” beef enterprise for years and cattle work is made easier by the docility of the progeny.
“Lochaber” cattleare well suited to a number of markets and held in high esteem in the market place. We say thank you to Greg & Pam for their help in producing quality sires. The Court Family".
Eidsvold , Q.L.D.