Breeding strategy for the future
In order for Rauriki to maintain and strengthen our breeding objectives, we are looking at new genetics, not only from New Zealand but also overseas. In 2005, Silver Stream Unichem U27 was purchased from the Silver Stream Bull sale. Unichem is a Silver Stream performer son and is particularly strong in birth weight and calving ease. He was used in the 2005 breeding season, over twenty five cows.
We have also used overseas genetics in particular using two bulls from Palgrove Charolais Stud in Australia. Palgrove Yankee, a red factor bull has been used in the 2005 season; Yankie goes back to the very strong Gunndoo Red Baron one of the most used red factor sires in Australia and also out of a very strong red dam, Palgrove Panache 72.
Further more from Palgrove Yankee, at this years Palgrove annual sale, Rauriki and High Cliff Charolais stud went and brought Palgrove Zodiac, an eight month old bull calf for $22,500. Zodiac is a white Charolais bull and is a Palgrove Valiant son and will be an ‘out cross’ line in New Zealand. Semen has been taken off Zodiac and will be used in the 2006 breeding program. He is smooth in his make up, beautifully cleaned shoulder, great boned, stands wide and square behind and very mobile. Along with Palgrove Yankee they should be a great asset to the Rauriki breeding program.
In July 2004, Rauriki V12 was born and looked very promising from day one. Out of Kairua Precious P12 and by Greenwood Park Leon L24 has developed into a potential stud sire. When scanned on the 15/10/05, he weighed 586kg , and he scanned a rump fat cover of 6mm, rib fat cover of 4mm and EMA of 115 sq sm, - outstanding for his age and at this stage will be retained at Rauriki for 2006 breeding season.