The Warringa herd calves in March and April and is managed under commercial conditions. Cattle are selected for function and productivity with particular emphasis placed on temperament, moderate birth weight, milk, growth and carcase.
The Warringa Herd was horned until 2009, when poll genetics were introduced through AI. Today the herd is a mixture of both horned and poll genetics.
All animals are Breedplan recorded. All traits are recorded including birth weight. Ultra sound scanning for EMA and IMF% is done annually with the data being submitted to ABRI. This provides Warringa with the benefit of selecting superior genetics and assists clients in their selection process.
Warringa has now introduced genomics into their management and selection process, they DNA test every animal with at least a SNP (LD), they also test all animals for all known genetic conditions and for homozygous and heterozygous polledness. These tests ensure the accuracy of their pedigrees and that there are no genetic conditions within their herd and to ensure their herds genomics are included in their Single Step Breedplan EBV’s.
Warringa Herefords 5 star rating under the Completeness of Performance Herd Rating System ensures EBV accuracy and confirms their recording of comprehensive performance information. Thus providing their clients with confidence that their EBVs are accurate and reliable.
Heifers are joined to calve at two years. Notwithstanding tough seasonal conditions, which occur in the area regularly, they believe heifers should calve at two years. Hereford cattle are very fertile which allows them to achieve their goals and also enables the introduction of new lines at an earlier age to advance genetic gain in the herd.
To achieve their breeding goals, Warringa Herefords use superior genetics through artificial insemination. Bulls exhibiting leading traits for EMA, IMF, Milk and Birth Weight are used in the program along with a selection of natural sires on farm.
Warringa is EU Accredited, a member of MLA and LPA with a Farm Biosecurity Plan and a J-Bas Score of 8. All bulls are tested for Pestivirus and fertility guaranteed.