Balancing breeding and feeding for top quality Angus steers

“MAINTAINING feed reserves through improved pastures and rotational grazing is allowing the Cowan family of Poltalloch Station, Meningie, to meet premium grass-fed markets,” writes Ruth Schwager, The Land, 11 Feb 2020

“Sixth-generation producer Keith Cowan and his wife Kirsty run the 2225-hectare property on the southern edge of Lake Alexandrina, along with a 405-hectare irrigation block located near Kingston.

“The property was a originally a sheep station and ran Shorthorns but the family converted to Angus in the 1990s.

“They now run 550 cows and 100 heifers, targeting the feeder market, with the majority of steers going to Rangers Valley near Glen Innes in northern NSW.

“The Cowans have purchased Te Mania genetics for the past four years, and the calves are in high demand from feedlot operators, Mr Cowan said.

“They’re able to produce the bulls that we’re chasing with high early growth, high 400-day weight, and they’re good heifer bulls with low birthweight and calving ease,” he said.

“Te Mania also has a high standard with intramuscular fat and other carcase attributes.”  Full story

Pictured – ROTATIONAL GRAZING: Keith and Kirsty Cowan and their son Arthur, 18 months, with their Angus cattle.

Keith and Kirsty Cowan and their son Arthur, 18 months, with their Angus cattle. Photo by: Ruth Schwager, The Land
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