Wirruna have two HAL ‘Super Sires’ for sale as part of their 74 Bull line-up in Wirruna’s Autumn Bull and female sale to be held on property at “Spring Valley” Holbrook on ‘Leap Day’ – 29th February 2024.
“It is really exciting for us to be able to offer these bulls to industry”, Ian Locke, principal of Wirruna Poll Herefords said, “These bulls not only offer great structure, body conformation and style; they are also genetically superior across a range of traits, easily ranking in the breed’s top 1% for the profit EBVs – the $Index values!”. “The Steakout bull is the 2nd highest marbling sire in the breed – only surpassed by his own Sire.” Ian offered.
Lot 1-Wirruna Smokin Joe S010 (HAL SUPER SIRE)
Lot 5- Wirruna Steakout S457 (HAL SUPER SIRE)
The ‘Super Sires’ concept was launched by Herefords Australia (HAL) in 2018. It was established to highlight young sire candidates that expressed a set of strict criteria of recording standards and favourable (and aspirational) traits to encourage and accelerate genetic progress in the Hereford Breed and better engage with the commercial beef industry with industry relevant genetics. Wirruna Poll Herefords have actively engaged with the program with 8 of the 44 Super Sires nominated over the years being Wirruna bred.
A great thing about the aspirational traits of the ‘Super Sire’ program is that it aligns with the objectives of Wirruna’s breeding program. “These bulls represent the emphasis of traits I am trying to drive in our herd”, Ian Locke said, “High calving ease Bulls with curve bending growth, high fertility, and strong carcase traits, particularly marbling”. Ian emphasized that a trait balance is reflected in strong $Index values, where a high ranking reflects across the board trait strength rather than extremes in single traits. “This is reflected in the total Autumn sale draft of bulls – where the average of the draft averages in the top 5% of the breed for $Index.”
A selection of females will be also offered for sale with 11 PTIC breeding females, offered as individual lots, and 67 cows in group lots. The on-property Helmsman sale is interfaced with AuctionsPlus. Catalogues, videos, and further sale information is available from the Wirruna Website – www.wirruna.com.