Functional Females for profitability

on 19th August 2022

Exploring the Functional Female at Gyranda Open Day.

 Over 130 people joined Peter and Nikki Mahony of Gyranda and Shaun McGuigan of Cree Santa Gertrudis studs at the Gyranda Open Day to discuss both identifying high performance cows and selecting replacement heifers.

Grame Hopf led discussions on the day examining the structure required for easy calving and to support a lifetime of milk production . He emphasised the desirability of some slope to the rump, the danger of fat being laid down in the udder and the sheer volume of blood required to produce milk.  It is always special when Grame is able to get back to Gyranda and share his knowledge with us so generously.

Attendees from Baralaba, Mundubbera, Gympie, Gayndah and Theodore, as well as students from St. Ursula’s College, Yeppoon and Marist College Ashgrove (MCA), Brisbane joined in what became a lively discussion at times. A big thank you to the lads from MCA for serving up delicious coffees all day; to Meryl, our renowned Gyranda cook for huge range of cakes, slices and biscuits and to Vicki Meischke from AGnVET Theodore for manning the BBQ and rolling our 140 steaks and sausages to feed the crowd.