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The Red Poll Newsletter, published in April, July and October is produced by the Society and distributed to members and interested commercial Red Poll producers. The Red Poll Newsletter contains show and sale reports, technical information and interesting articles on the commercial acceptance of Red Poll genetics.
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Perception is Reality
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Red Polls in the 21st Century
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  Breed Attributes - Red Poll Cattle are just not plain red cows. Last century, when farms were more self-sufficient and they kept cattle for their own meat and milk production, the cattle most commonly used were Red Poll.... view
The Value of Red Poll Cattle in a Commercial Cross Breeding Program.

John Buxton
- ...Investigating a chart which showed the differences in various characteristics of different breeds led me to Red Polls because they had low days to puberty, lower birth weights and lower mature cow weights than other breeds. In addition to this I noticed that Red Polls success in carcass competitions far exceeded the % of the cattle population that they represent... view

Breed Attributes

Red Poll Cattle are just not plain red cows. Last century, when farms were more self-sufficient and they kept cattle for their own meat and milk production, the cattle most commonly used were Red Poll. They had ample milk of excellent quality and produced tasty, well textured, tender beef. These easy care, fertile, no fuss cattle were the choice of farmers back then and those traits that were recognised as so important then, are still the traits sought today by the Beef Industry.

The Industry is much more sophisticated since the day of the house cow, with the focus moving away from the local trade to export and that has introduced a whole range of market variations. Our cattle can meet these demands and fill a wide range of requirements on their own or in crossbreeding programs to improve the traits of other breeds.

Firstly, profitability in the Industry depends on live calves that grow at a constant rate, typically putting on 1 to 1.5 kgs per day from birth until sale. We have the fertile cows, with docility and mothering ability who will perform under a whole range of conditions to produce these calves with ease every year for twelve years or better.

Secondly, the Red Poll tastes good! This was proven several times nationally in taste-test trials where, over a range of products, Red Poll beef was the most outstanding. This probably had a lot to do with the nature of the animals. They can be mustered, handled and transported with minimum fuss and will adapt to changing conditions exceedingly well. You can also guarantee that these cattle will respect fences. Also, they are naturally polled and have no pigment problems and so tolerate the sunny conditions of Australia well.

The Red Poll bull is a most useful tool. He has a well-housed penis and heaps of libido. You can rest assured that he will get his fair share of cows and probably more and it would be fair to expect a Red Poll bull to service 40 cows or more and some will do up to 70 cows. They are very fertile with the BREEDPLAN average for testicle circumference being 37cm. So they are well endowed! The flat shoulders and generally flatter, rather than rounder bone structure is conducive to easier calving. This is not at the expense of muscle, because the Breed is above average for this trait. Our carcase successes attribute to this.

The Red Poll matron is something special. She will deliver you a calf every year until you decide to replace her in the herd and this can be over 14 years of age. Red Poll females come into puberty at 9 months of age and earlier and will have their first calf at 24 months of age and every year after that. They have ample milk to nurse their calves until weaning, usually at 8 months and will keep on feeding those calves if you don’t wean them. Any female herd based on Red Poll calves, is a naturally productive herd.

Red Poll cattle have moved with the times and are commercially desirable for today’s market. Profitability is determined by fertility and the ability to maximise kgs per hectare
with a minimum of effort. This breed of cattle can satisfy the commercial expectations of a modern industry.

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The Value of Red Poll Cattle in a Commercial Cross Breeding Program
John Buxton

I have been using Red Poll cattle in a commercial cross breeding program for more than 20 years. I use a simple 2 way cross breeding program with Red Polls and South Devons.
Many people ask me what breed the red cattle are on our farm. When I tell them that they are Red Polls it often brings a bewildered response such as “you mean Red Angus don’t you?”, or “what are they?”
So, why Red Polls; you ask?

When I came home to manage our beef cattle enterprise in 1981 we had Hereford cattle. They were run on an Irrigation farm in the Macalister Irrigation district north of Sale in Gippsland. We had some very good cows that could rear good calves but also a lot of big fat cows that only produced small poor quality calves. I soon realised that the Herefords were not the best breed for our farm and the market we were trying to supply.

So I embarked on a process of thinking about breeds of cattle that would best utilize the resources of our farm and satisfy the market we are trying to supply.

I drew up a list of requirements which went something like this:
• Fertility.
• Early puberty.
• Ability to rear a good quality heavy calf.
• Polled.
• Good carcasses that would attract butchers.
• Solid colour, and no white which can suffer from sun related skin problems problems.

We first tried some Simmentals. They were very good however they still had white areas on their bodies and they threw some very large calves which required assistance.
Investigating a chart which showed the differences in various characteristics of different breeds led me to Red Polls because they had low days to puberty, lower birth weights and lower mature cow weights than other breeds. In addition to this I noticed that Red Polls success in carcass competitions far exceeded the % of the cattle population that they represent.

The next step was to find some Red Poll herds and go for a look. There were not a lot of herds to choose from but of those I visited I was impressed with the type of cows that I saw. They were sound and a lot of very old cows were still productive. In contrast, Hereford cows in this environment tended to put on very large amounts of fat, well in excess of 20 mls at the P8 site. These cows were heavily discounted by meat processors and were wasting resources. That problem has disappeared with the Red Poll cross cows. In 1985 I purchased a Red Poll bull and with some outstanding stock bred over the years, I am confident the decision to utilize Red Poll genetics was the right one.
From time to time my mind considers other possibilities and I always come back to the same conclusion.

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