The Eurimbla cattle are easy care stock
that are not given any growth stimulants and have not been
fed any grain since 1997, when weaner stock were fed a modest
amount of triticale as part of a drought ration. The exception
to this is that the relatively few Eurimbla show cattle
have been fed a grain based ration at a rate of less than
1% of their body weight.
calves are vaccinated twice and all stock are drenched and
vaccinated in March – prior to the sale. The herd
has protected status (equivalent to MN1) with regard to
the Market Assurance Program. Over the years approximately
50 Eurimbla cattle have been tested for Johne’s disease
prior to traveling to Queensland and Western Australia,
being exported or being shown and none have tested positive.
Eurimbla cattle are guaranteed to breed. If any animal is
incapable of breeding naturally within 12 months of being
purchased, provided it is not caused by injury or illness
that occurred after the sale, a suitable replacement or
the purchase price, less the salvage value will be refunded.
Any claim against fertility must be lodged within 12 months
of the sale and be accompanied by a veterinary certificate.
Eurimbla cattle are performance tested from
their day of birth when they are weighed, until they are
sold. The appraisal takes many forms including the recording
of absolute weights, calving intervals, eye appraisal and
relative measures recorded with Breedplan.
the selection of animals more emphasis is placed on their
performance and conformation than on their pedigree, although
it is recognised that a large part of the stud’s success
is based on the performance of outstanding cow families.
Eurimbla cattle have proven performance
in stud and commercial herds, feedlots, carcass competitions
and show rings. Stud cattle and or semen have been sold
to all states in Australia, except Tasmania, and they have
also been sold to New Zealand and England. Commercial cattle
have been sold to a number of herds in New South Wales,
Victoria and Queensland.
Steer progeny are sold to feedlots and are
performance tested in those feedlots. In 2005 the complete
line of about 50 steers was purchased by Australian Meat
Holdings at a premium price to be fed for the Japanese market.
In carcass competitions notable successes have been winning
champion heavyweight carcass at Sydney Royal, winning grand
champion steer (based on weight gain and carcass) from more
pure-bred and cross-bred steers at Albury, and having the
highest average carcass score of all breeds and winning
a middle weight carcass class at Sydney Royal in 2004.
show rings Eurimbla stock have won more than 50 championships
at royal shows around Australia and overseas since 2000,
thanks largely to exhibitors who have purchased stock from
Eurimbla and shown them. At Sydney Royal the stud has shown
three cow and calf combinations to receive the Ken Cowlishaw
trophy for supreme exhibit, and two Eurimbla bred or Eurimbla
sired bulls have similarly won the trophy.
Since 1994 Eurimbla has been a member of
Breedplan and thus over 1,000 progeny are now performance
recorded with Red Poll Group Breedplan. Breedplan Expected
Breeding Values (EBVs) are provided for all of the stock
listed in this catalogue, except for one heifer bred from
a recent acquisition. They compare the expected performance
of specific animals with the expected performance of all
Red Poll cattle in Red Poll Group Breedplan herds. The breed
average figures that are used for comparative purposes are
based on the performance data of all 2003 drop calves and
therefore the EBV figures for animals born prior to 2003
understate the merit of those animals if there was an improvement
in the average breed performance up to 2003.