Living on the farm we have many animals (mainly calves and lambs) to rescue and raise. Most times we are successful other times we are not. There are reasons why some animals do not mother with their children, they must know they are born unable to survive. If we find them we take them into the animals Nursery.
No such problem with the bull “turn”as he was named came in September and took to drinking from the bottle quickly and confidently, he was soon joined by Johnny and Coco the merino lambs from the city. They bonded together and became a clan. Turnbull drinking in August, joined with the lambs in September watched by our Goldie.
The lambs have moved into a mob of sheep and I couldn’t cope with the constant pooh at the door and the flies they were bringing into the house every time a back door opened so they are living well together in the shearing shed in the next paddock behind the house.
Turnbull is a very quiet Angus calf, except when he hears the shower turn on so he comes to the window and bellows for his food (milk) and boy has he grown. He waits for me at the end of the carport and comes up for a face rub with or without a bucket of milk. I am still wary of him – he will grow to be approx 1000 kilos or more and he is now at underarm height and I laugh as he walks besides me on the way to his milk feeder. I think how ridiculous it must look to strangers to see this middle aged woman carrying a silver bucket of milk in one hand with a Golden retriever walking along and on the other side Turnbull is trotting and pushing into me, so I have to direct him with my hand.
I still don’t trust him enough to walk behind him I am now at good knee capping height as that will be where he would kick back, straight into my knee cap. No thanks. Having the sunshine back has been great for everyone, including the farmer and animals.
Originally developed in Scotland in the late 1700’s, Angus have always been bred purely for the production of highest quality beef indicated by the smooth, close-grained texture, carnation red colour & finely marbled fat within the lean muscle. Angus is now the dominant breed in the major beef producing countries of the world where beef quality is considered all-important. In Australia, Angus is continuing this dominance, winning gold medals in various prestigious beef tasting competitions & carcass competitions across all breeds at Australia’s Royal Agricultural Societies Shows. According to the Angus Cattle Society in 1989 there were only 9227 registered calves now there is over 62,000 registered Angus calves. The first imports from Scotland can be traced back to Tasmania in the 1820’s then the mainland in 1840’s they are now found all over Australia.
They have a good temperament, consistent weight gain & good marbling traits. The Angus Society in the US have one of the longest genetic histories of any breed. Genetics is used simply for selection, not for modification.
What Is Wagyu Beef?
Wagyu is a Japanese word – ‘wa’ meaning Japanese and ‘gyu’ meaning cattle. The term ‘Wagyu beef‘ can be applied to meat from any cattle of the Wagyu Breed and was introduced into Australia in 1991. The Wagyu breed is genetically predisposed to intense marbling & produces a higher percentage of unsaturated fat than any other breed of cattle in the world. Australian wagyu cattle are grain fed for the last 300–500 days of production. Wagyu bred in Western Australia’s Margaret River region often have red wine added to their feed as well.
Caloundra Station in the Upper South East of South Australia is second generation breeders of Angus Cattle, Contact us for any information