THE last remaining stud to have been part of the Hereford breed's program to help establish Breedplan will be dispersed in March, as the next generation of the family moves towards commercial beef and lamb production.
In its 39th and final on-property sale, Banemore Herefords will offer 120 registered breeders, including older females, two-year-old heifers and elite yearling heifers, along with 35 two-year-old bulls and 15 elite one-year-old bulls.
Stud principal David Jenkin said the herd was a pioneer in genetic evaluation, with the aim to produce commercial Herefords that perform.
The Penshurst stud represents 60 years of breeding, starting from an offshoot of the well-known Nayook stud, in Mt Gambier, after the latter's dispersal in 1981.
Mr Jenkin and his wife Judi brought two-thirds of the Nayook stud to Banemore, which became involved in the program that pioneered Breedplan in Australia.
With an exceptional history of genetic selection, the stud holds five-star completeness status for Breedplan performance recording.
Banemore sires have been used to produce high-yielding progeny with exceptional growth in NSW, Victoria, the south east of South Australia and King Island.
"Progeny of Banemore Herefords has been widely recognised for carcase quality, growth attributes and hardiness, and has played a key role in improvements to herds across southern Australia," Mr Jenkin said.
"We have been using genomics, the latest genetic evaluation program, which has allowed us to identify superior young cattle.
"The dispersal sale is a wonderful platform for other breeders to enhance their breeding program."
The final sale is on Thursday, March 5, at Banemore, Penshurst.
For more information visit the stud's website, www.banemoreherefords.com.au