About ­ Futurity Shorthorns

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Winter Newsletter 2018

Winter Newsletter 2018

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Futurity Breeding Program

Futurity Breeding Program

The breeding program at Futurity is focused on breeding cattle for the high quality end of the Australian Beef Meat Industry. They are performance recorded and have the data to back up their physical appearance. They also have the durability to perform in the western conditions in which they are raised. Genetically the cattle have much to offer as they combine light birth weights, rapid growth, and superior carcase quality.

The Futurity Difference

The cattle carry an extra degree of muscle over most shorthorn herds. This extra muscle makes the cattle suitable for a wider group of markets and more attractive for those selling their calves as weaners. Also by having more flesh on the females allows them to stay more productive in hard times.

Coupled with meeting all the basic requirements of sound structure and fertility an emphasis has been placed on hair type with the main focus of breeding slick coated animals.

There is a strong alliance at Futurity with performance recording and having the data to back up the animals physical appearance. All traits are measured for every animal from Birth weight to 600 day weight, scan data and mature cow weight at time of weaning their calf, therefore validating the reliability of their EBV's.

Our goal is to breed cattle that are profitable across a range of markets. With seasonal conditions being so varied we feel it is important to be able to breed cattle that are able to be marketed at any age if the season turns bad.

Our aim of focusing on moderating Birth weight, increasing Fertility, Finishing Ability and Intramuscular Fat (IMF) addresses some of the needs of Beef Producers for short and long term benefits.

  • Birth Weight and Fertility = More calves at weaning/cows run. A key driver for herd profitability. The females are put under pressure to perform. They must calve every year within a 9 week period or they leave the herd. The heifers are joined at 12 to 14 months of age once a weight is met to then  calve at 2 yrs old. If they do not meet this weight they leave the herd. This pressure to perform on the females at a young age increases income for the number of females run.

  • Finishing Ability = As the days on feed shorten in most feedlots and a shift to a lighter carcase weight there is a real need for moderate maturity and easy finishing cattle.

  • Meat Quality = The better it tastes the more we eat!

 

Livestock Management

The cattle are managed in a way to promote a working life. They are run in large mobs under similar conditions. Any animals that are not up to standard or productive are then culled. The calves are yard weaned and subject to controlled pressure. If temperament is an issue they are culled no matter how good they may be.

Temperament scoring weaners

Selecting cattle for improved temperament has multiple benefits for beef production and animal performance. Good temperament is associated with improved meat quality, feedlot performance, ease of transport and improvements in some reproductive traits.

FAST FACTS
• There are many production benefits from breeding cattle with good temperament
• Temperament is heritable, so genetic progress is achievable
• BREEDPLAN Docility EBVs are the preferred selection tool to genetically improve temperament in cattle

Temperament EBV fact sheet

 

Kids and CalvesRiley and Jessica (The Catts Kids) help out in the yards and with mustering so temperament is of great importance. Controlled pressure is also used in the paddock with the use of dogs and horses.

 

The sale bulls are managed in a way that gives buyers the confidence that they are comparing apples with apples. They are run in one large contemporary group and graze on forage crops of oats in winter and sorghum or lucern in summer. The sale bulls have all been tested negative to and vaccinated against Bovine Pestivirus also vaccinated with Vibrio and 7 in 1.

 

 

Futurity Shorthorns History

 

Futurity Shorthorns was first established by Jason Catts in 1987. Jason, Kylie and his parents John & Althea then went on to developed the stud into a productive beef enterprise breeding stud cattle with a strong commercial focus. In 2007 Jason & Kylie purchased John & Althea's share of the business and now run it with the help of their two children Riley and Jessica.

Futurity Victory Reserve Champion at the Dubbo National

Futurity Victory Reserve Champion Dubbo National Show and SaleWhen developing the Stud the plan was to source some of the best female lines in the breed with the focus on increasing muscle in the cattle whilst retaining the ability to finish with ease.

Futurity first started selling bulls at the Shorthorn National Show and Sale in Dubbo. Over the years they have been very competitive in the show ring being awarded many broad ribbons and rewarded more so in the sale ring. The demand for the Futurity bloodlines has ignited some furious bidding with some sale topping prices like the sale of Futurity Wallaby to Broughton Park Shorthorns in 2003 for $28,000 and on numerous occasions the highest average.

John, Glen Trengrove, Futurity Wallaby and Jason

Wallaby

 Originally the majority of bulls were sold out of the paddock until 2009 when the first On Property Bull Sale was held at Glen Ayr, Baradine. The Futurity bloodlines have been sort after from far and wide selling into all states of Australia.

  Futurity has been very competitive in the show ring winning many champions, peoples choice awards and carcase competitions. The main aim at Futurity is breeding cattle that are performing in the paddock and are profitable to the producer so attending shows is kept to a minimum.


 

Futurity Kings Ruby

During the time it was taking to build up the stock numbers Jason studied a Degree in Science (Agriculture) at Hawksbury University of Western Sydney. From there he went on to manage large cattle studs, become Livestock Manager at Killara Feedlot (20,000 head) and then to manage a large aggregation of land with the main focus on back grounding and fattening cattle, and dry land farming for Colonial Agricultural Company in Southern Queensland.

 

 

Judge Jason Catts sashing Grand Champion Bull at the EKKA 2011

 

Jason enjoys appraising livestock in the paddock and the Judging ring. He has had the privilege to judge at numerous Royal Shows and Show and Sales. His most recent appointment was judging the Angus at the 2011 Royal Brisbane Show (EKKA).