The Elrose Stud comprises over 2,000 registered females with twenty one single sire herds and six multi sire herds confirmed by DNA testing.
Elrose’s policy is to acquire and utilise the very best Australian Grey Brahman Sires. They must be credentialed with superior weight for age, carcase quality, strong constitution, high fertility and virility, obvious masculinity attractive bred character, genetic strength and eye appeal.
This ongoing attention to selection and substantial investment in high quality sires over many years has underwritten the development of Elrose Brahmans as a “true to type” herd of impressive evenness and consistency in the criteria necessary for optimum beef production.
An emphasis is placed on selecting sires which suit the Stud’s demands for fertility, carcass qualities, sound structure and “do-ability” more than any particular “fashionable” bloodline. Many sires have been sourced from the McCamleys’ Tartrus and Lancefield Studs simply because they keep ‘fitting the bill’ of our requirements.
The Elrose Stud has invested in major sire acquisitions over the past 4 years including Lancefield Eugene Manso for $60,000, Lanes Creek Masculine Manso $37,000, Lancefield Billionaire Manso $240,000, PBF Safin Manso $60,000, Lancefield Ratio $32,500 Lancefield Ambition $60,000, Lancefield Montague $34,000, Lancefield Signature $87,500, Bahrock White Hawk Man $34,000, Lancefield Magic Manso (in partnership with Caiwarra Stud) $38,500, FBC Major Manso $45,000, FBC Tallis $40,000 and Lancefield Arcadia $62,500. Rodger & Lorena Jefferis have a simple philosophy in purchasing sires. “They are an investment with the capacity to return enormous dividends to your herd, not a cost,” they said. Their courage and foresight in purchasing Ambition in 1998 for an Australian record price has been well rewarded with his first five young sons more that recouping the purchase price.
Another example in Brahrock Adam, a Madison son purchased for only $9,000 three years ago. His early progeny impressed enough for Elrose to go back and buy his full brother in 2001 for $34,000. “Research is the key to sire selection,” Rodger Jefferis said. “Find the sire which will take your herd further forward, back your judgment and buy him.
Rodger and Lorena Jefferis are always on the lookout for bulls which can take the Elrose Stud to higher levels. The tops sires are rare so when they become available you have to invest in them, whatever the price.
Sires are worked hard in the stud herd. A joining period of 120 days is employed. Young 2yo sires are mated with 30-40 females for their first season, and then in subsequent seasons they must cover larger herds, up to 70 cows.
The nature of the country necessitates well adapted females. Fertility of damlines is a key priority and is assessed in balance with other selection traits.
Elrose has made use of the rapidly flourishing embryo transfer technology with their primary focus on herd advancement rather than on rushing to the marketplace with E.T. progeny. Whereas many seed stock producers are driven simply by market fashion in their E.T. programmes, purchasing an “in vogue” female, flushing to newly imported sires and heading for a sale outlet with the progeny as soon as possible, Elrose views the technology as a means of introducing new sire lines across top class home bred donors with a proven family performance in the local environment. This ensures some predictability in the progeny.