Brahman delights taste buds

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Brahman beef was a big hit at one of Australia's premier cattle events held recently.

As a result, organisers of the upcoming Broome bull sale are encouraging producers to consider the breed's potential.

During the Beef Australia 2012 Expo, held in Rockhampton, Queensland, the proof that the breed's ability to deliver high eating quality came from the popularity of Ascot Brahman Stonegrill Restaurant.

The long queue at the restaurant was testament to the tender, juicy and flavoursome Brahman steaks being served - more than 5000 were sold in just five days.

Eight Brahman breeders provided 94 steers to supply the purpose-built restaurant, which every day dished up more than 1000 fillet, strip-loin and rump steaks which guests cooked themselves on pre-heated natural volcanic stone.

The steers were lot fed for 102 days and averaged 1.5kg/head daily weight gain, without hormone growth promotants, and recorded a dry matter feed conversion rate of 6:1.

The efficiency and performance of the Brahmans extended to the boning room where all the steers achieved MSA compliance when killed through Teys Bros.

Ninety-two out of the 94 head were in boning group 11 or less, with 36 in boning group 6-8. All were consistent with Teys Gold MSA grade product.

Australian Brahman Breeders Association (ABB) general manager John Croaker said the expo restaurant's success helped to reinforce the Brahman's ability to perform in feedlots, meet MSA standards and suit premium fine dining markets.

"As well as being able to produce beef that meets market specifications, producers also need to deliver a high- yielding, high-value, high-quality carcase at the lowest possible cost," Mr Croaker said.

"In this regard, Brahmans tick all the boxes because they not only survive but thrive across a range of conditions and environments.

"Their unique adaptability allows them to perform on grass, forage crops and in the feedlot, no matter what the season.

"That's why Brahmans have made such a tremendous contribution to the beef industry across the top end."

WA cattlemen can choose from a range of Brahman bulls at the WALSA Invitational Bos Indicus Bull Sale to be held in Broome on August 15.

The sale kicks off at Jetty Dip Yards at 10am and five vendors will be offering quality herd improvers - the Wesley family's Charlesville Brahman stud, of Southern Cross, Kathy Lovelock, of Canterbury Brahman stud, New Norcia, Sue Paterson, of Birrahlee Brahman stud, Williams, Michael Clinch, of Condamine Brahman stud/Kindillin Pastoral Co, Cue, and Bruce Lovelock, of Ryvoan Cattle Co.

For more information about Brahmans, visit www.brahman.com.au or phone the Australian Brahman Breeders Association on (07) 4927 7799.

Catalogues for the WALSA bull sale at Broome are available through the selling agents, Elders and Landmark.

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