Mather taps into Ascot genetics

Mather taps into Ascot genetics


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Jim Wedge, Ascot Charolais and Angus Studs, Warwick, with Brisbane-based miner and cattle producer Nick Mather and manager Miles Paterson who bought bulls for Lyndley Station, Jandowae, and Manumbar Station, Goomeri.

Jim Wedge, Ascot Charolais and Angus Studs, Warwick, with Brisbane-based miner and cattle producer Nick Mather and manager Miles Paterson who bought bulls for Lyndley Station, Jandowae, and Manumbar Station, Goomeri.

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BRISBANE-based miner and cattle producer Nick Mather proved the strength of Friday's Ascot Angus and Charolais bull sale at Warwick.

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BRISBANE-based miner and cattle producer Nick Mather proved the strength of Friday's Ascot Angus and Charolais bull sale at Warwick.

Mr Mather and his manager Miles Paterson, operating through Armidale agent Mike Wilson, bought eight Angus bulls for Lyndley Station at Jandowae and six Charolais bulls for Manumbar Station at Goomeri. 

The draft included the $30,000 top priced Charolais sire Ascot Juggernaut and the $22,00 top priced Angus bull Ascot Theo for $22,000.

In summary 49 Angus bulls sold for an average $7633. The 53 Charolais bulls averaged $6443. The sale had a 100 per cent clearance to buyers from Queensland and NSW.

Mr Mather said he was particularly interested in breeding fast-finishing grassfed cattle that produced high quality beef.

"Beef consumers here and internationally are demanding better quality meat that delivers flavour and tenderness," Mr Mather said.

"Our focus is to produce soft cattle with marbling that is valued in the market.

"We also want polled cattle because it is inevitable pressure from animal rights groups will make the management of horned cattle an issue."

Mr Mather said he was interested in selling branded grassfed beef produced by his Manumbar Pastoral Company which is currently running about 3500 breeders. 

The Charolais bulls will be used over the predominantly Brahman herd at Manumbar. The Angus bulls over Charolais/Brahman-cross females at Lyndley.

Ascot and Manumbar will also be marketing semen from Juggernaut.

The story Mather taps into Ascot genetics first appeared on Queensland Country Life.

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