Aussie Buyer Pays $70,000 for Brangus Cow


Oaks Ms Csonka 541T7

An Australian cattle stud has turned heads in the global genetics market after paying $70,000 U.S. dollars (AU$76,000) for a Brangus cow in the Ideal Video Customer Appreciation Sale hosted March 6, 2014, in conjunction with the International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) Annual Convention in Houston, Texas.

The Oaks Miss Csonka 541T7 was purchased by a partnership of Tony Westbrooks of Bushley Creek Cattle Co. in Olla, La., and the Pearce family of Telpara Hills in Australia. Westbrooks also purchased another cow in partnership at the same sale for $70,000, but the partnership chose the option to purchase 2/3 interest, therefore making 541T7 the highest selling cow in the Ideal Video Productions sale and in recent memory.

Telpara Hills runs a herd of approximately 1,000 stud animals near Atherton in north Queensland, Australia.

Stephen Pearce said it is in the unique position to be the only Australian stud to have sold 15 animals for more than $20,000 each in the past few years, including new records for three heifers sold for between $22,000 and $25,000 at Rockhampton last year.

He believes the highly credentialed cow should have no problem returning on the enormous outlay based on the valuable embryos she will produce and the female calves to be retained as part of the Telpara herd.

“Hopefully she has three flushes for us in a given year, and hopefully she produces about 20 embryos per flush. So if we get 50 percent conception rate, that’s 10 calves of which five will be heifers.”

“So 15 heifers a year at least we’ll retain out of that cow, and I suppose the value will be in those retained daughters in our herd, which we’ll then pass onto our bull producers who will have progeny and grand progeny out of that cow.

“So that’s hopefully how we’ll return our money back.”

Only two calves from Oaks Ms Csonka have been offered at auction, both for an average of $20,000. She also ranks in the top of the International Brangus Breeders Association’s (IBBA) performance evaluations for weaning weight, yearling weight, maternal traits, rib eye area and marbling.

Pearce said the stud’s latest acquisition will be staying put in Texas where the family also runs a herd of embryo donor females.

“I’m probably the only cattleman that every now and again hopes for a high dollar,” he laughed.

“We don’t know what will happen in the cattle industry. There are downturns and upturns, and yeah, we’ve got a lot of faith in this cow.”



Kodi the Cowdog- “Down Under”

Kodi the Cowdog stories are a monthly series based on a book titled, “Letters from Kodi, The Little Cowdog With The Wiggly Butt”. The book is written by Brangus producer and IBBA member Phyllis Clem, through the eyes of Kodi, a miniature Australian Shepherd.

Hi Y’all,

We recently had some visitors from ‘down under’ as they say. They were Brangus cattle breeders from Australia and were in the US visiting ranches and came by to see some of ‘my girls’ and visit with my folks. They sure were a nice bunch and liked the idea that I’m an Aussie too, even though I was born here in the states. You know my ancestors came from that continent several hundred years ago when boat loads of sheep came to the western coast of America along with their Basque sheep herders.  Actually I can trace my ancestor line further back than that , all the way to the country of Spain where the little dogs like me were called Spanish Shepherds. I don’t know if any of my relatives back then lived large like I do now, but I bet they were good at cattle and sheep work cause I sure have that trait running through my veins. I wonder what they looked like back then and if they were as cute as me? Did they have brown eyes or were theirs blue? Did they have black, shiny hair or was theirs more the blue merle type? Those are fun questions to ponder over. Do you know much about your ancestors? If so let me know where yours originated from.

Kodi is making sure the yearling bulls didn't leave any feed

Kodi is making sure the yearling bulls didn’t leave any feed

Looks like the calendar says that it’s springtime again. Course I didn’t have to look at a calendar to know, cause the crazy red birds are back at the windows fighting their own images. Those bird brains of theirs never let up when it comes to this annual ritual. It will go on for several weeks and then one day they’ll decide to get on with their nest building  projects and we’ll have some peace and quiet around here. That is until Mama Mockingbird hatches her young in their nest in the pecan tree by the deck. Then I’ll have to go into dive bomb mode until those younguns fly away and it’s safe to go in the backyard once again. This has been going on forever and I guess it will continue, but sometimes I get just plain tired of her tryng to poke my wiggly little butt with her sharp beak every time I get near that nest. Wouldn’t that get on your nerves too ?

Another way I know it’s springtime is all the yellow stuff that’s coating everything right now. Everytime I walk across the driveway I leave a trail of footprints behind me and if I lay down on the deck for a little rest, then I leave an imprint of my body. I understand some folks are allergic to the yellow stuff and I believe it cause everywhere I go it seems as if people are sneezing, blowing, coughing, etc. Even ‘my girls’ are sneezing some; their noses are yellow from grazing and I guess they get the stuff in their nostrils. When you look at Sug’s muzzle it’s yellow too and she does a lot of snorting. Even Mr.P has been “ah-chooing” some, but for some reason it doesn’t seem to bother me.   I guess I’m a lucky pup not to be bothered by the springtime allergies. My folks haven’t been bothered much by the pollen either, but Mama sure hates that it keeps her vehicle looking dirty all the time and you know what a neat freak she is. Soon enough everything will get through blooming and we’ll get a good rain and all will be normal again, that is until the next season of things to be allergic to.

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