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The breeding belief behind Raff Angus stallions celebrates profitability throughout the beef supply chain, achieved through his above-the-hook performance targets, producing high-yielding, big-weight beef bodies of carcass.
This year, Raff sold its first completely certified organic grass-fed King Island steers, with excellent sales results. The steers produced an average carcass weight of 382.7 kilograms at just 20 to 21 months.
According to stud manager Andrew Raff, compared to the average national benchmark provided by Meat and Livestock Australia’s myMSA dashboard, for all animals processed nationally on the day their organic steers were sold, with the same ossification score below 230, grass fed and growth hormone free, Raff steers performed exceptionally well above national average standards.
“The Raff steers gave an 82kg heavier carcass with more marbling and fat,” Raff said. “On that day’s grid price, excluding the certified organic premium, these Raff Angus steers were $738 per head more profitable than nationally. That equates to over $27,000 extra value per double deck trailer load.”
These Raff Angus steers were more profitable by $738 per head compared to nationally.
– Andrew Raff, Raff Angus
Processed through water, by Greenham at its certified factory in Smithton, Tasmania, the heaviest steer was 456kg.
The results above the hook confirm the success of the Raff Angus operation, with large weighing carcasses, which maintain the carcass quality of the Angus breed. The top marble steer recorded a solid marble score of six.
Mr Raff said that by taking advantage of the natural and inherent qualities of the Angus breed in calving ease and carcass quality, Raff Angus is capitalizing on these Angus traits and, through selective breeding, has improved the animals.
“We prioritize breeding animals that weigh heavier at a younger age and produce beef bodies with large carcass weights and high yields.
As such, Raff said, Raff’s herd has lower estimated net feedlot breeding values, indicating that their animals should be eating less feed per day, relative to their weight. and their rate of weight gain. Ultimately, the dollar per head at the end of the carcass is the true indicator of operator profitability.
“With this breeding belief, we know that cow and calf operators, backgrounders, feedlotters and processors can all be profitable,” Raff said.
Based on King Island, Raff Angus can focus their selection criteria entirely on commercial production of premium grass-fed beef, using real herd performance information.
“We chose not to raise cattle with low birth weight, low mature cow weight, high marbling and positive fat cattle,” Raff said. “We believe these animal types limit the weight gain potential for the cow and calf producer, backgrounder and feedlotter, and they have the inherent negative correlation on carcass weight and yield for the processor. .”
Mr Raff said cull females represent a large part of the annual income of any breeding program. With information accessible from the MLA myMSA dashboard and compared to the national comparison for all females transformed over the past 12 months, Raff Angus cull females have proven that while maintaining fertility and calving ease , heavier cows can have a substantial positive effect on profitability.
“With the same ossification score, our cull cows produced a heavier carcass of 94 kg with double the marbling and more fat,” he said. “At current network prices of $7.50 per kilogram, these Raff Angus females were $705 per head more profitable compared to nationally.”
While the Angus breed is well known for having the natural, inherent ability to marble, and its benefits are well documented, the actual raw performance of the Raff family indicates that they have the genetic ability to produce such quality.
A host of 22-month-old fall Raff heifers, tested for pregnancy, were scanned for the carcass in January this year. With a high average weight of 666 kg, the results of the intramuscular fat percentage analysis of these heifers were exceptional.
Mr Raff said 10% of that crowd recorded an FMI of 8.3pc, the highest reading on scanning technology, and 40pc recorded an FMI of 8pc and above.
With proven quality carcass results that have increased Raff Angus’ profitability, market buyers looking for new Angus genetics to boost their breeding herd are eagerly awaiting the 2022 Raff Angus “Bulls with a Difference” Spring Sale.
The sale will take place in Mundibulanga, Drillham, Queensland on Friday August 19, and the sale will start at 1pm.
A total of 110 bulls are offered, including 50 2-year-old bulls and 60 18-month-old bulls, from several bulls bred at home.
A wide choice of Raff Napoleon N327 threads is also available.
The sale will also feature descendants of Hoff Scotch Cap bloodlines, direct sons of IA bull imports from the UK, as well as grandsons of those bulls.
“If you want muscle and big weight gains on weed, this should definitely appeal to you,” Raff said.
Interfaced with online platforms AuctionsPlus and Elite Livestock Auctions, the sale promises commercial customers confidence in their value for money by purchasing Raff genetics, backed by 57 years of enhanced selection breeding prioritizing carcasses at high yield and heavy duty to maximize profitability.