- Warragundi Beef Co. -
WARRAGUNDI BEEF CO.
Warragundi Beef Company is a family owned stud and commercial Poll Hereford Beef enterprise located at Currabubula in North Western NSW. The Warragundi Beef Company achieved four bronze medal awards during 2016 in the Australian Food Awards, Sydney Royal Fine Food Awards and the Sydney Royal Beef Challenge for it's home bred Hereford beef.
With our increasing involvement at the retail end of the business, more and more of our focus is directed toward the commercial attributes that will ensure the eating quality of the stock produced.
We are an MSA certified producer that have specific focuses in marbling, good fat coverage over the primal areas of the carcase and importantly, strong visual muscling, skin and hair.
Whilst we strongly believe in Breedplan and raw data collection, we are seeing more and more in the beef industry a fixation on Breedplan figures, sometimes at the expense of visual assessment. Whilst we pay close attention to Breedplan figures, we believe these must be considered in conjunction with the animal's overall conformation, correctness, appearance, visual muscling and expression of muscle all being important attributes.
We weigh our primal cuts and establish a percentage of individual primal cuts to overall dressed the carcase weights. What we are finding with some sires is a departure from what Breedplan would indicate in these areas. A case in point, one of our less strong Breedplan sires Warragundi Galileo, was this year, our highest scanning IMF sire and he was up against some well credentialed strong Breedplan sires. He also excels in percentage primals to dressed carcase weight. His stock are good looking, well muscled animals.
For the foreseeable future, we will be selling our weaners and market finished animals by weight. Most of these animals will be purchased out of the saleyard system and there will always be a cost advantage for animals with good visual muscling and good skin and hair both physically attractive and correct. All of our bulls are put to the test and must have animals on feed for a 400 day kill to collect the MSA carcase data. Our highest MSA indexing carcase in 2016 (66.17) was by Warragundi Galileo whose breed plan figures are below average for most traits.
As we gather more and more actual carcase data from the MSA Carcase Feedback, we are able to offer bull buyers assurance that Warragundi bulls have had to stand up to some rigorous maternal, growth and carcase assessments.
We welcome you to come and inspect our operation and stock at our property in Carrabubula.
Warragundi Beef Company is a family owned stud and commercial Poll Hereford Beef enterprise located at Currabubula in North Western NSW.