Experience has shown us the direct financial benefits of crossbreeding Bazadais over a commercial Angus herd.
Easy calving Higher growth rates Increased yield
At “Carabeen” we produce premium grass-fed cattle to supply our own branded beef. The cattle are processed at 14 - 16 months and weigh 450 – 600 kg.
Historically we raised Angus to fill this niche market but quickly realised the benefits of changing to a Bazadais Angus cross.
Birthweight and Calving Ease Bazadais are renowned for producing small calves which grow rapidly from 3 weeks of age. The calves are not doubled muscled so there are no horror stories of 70 kg calves common to other European breeds.
Our Angus calves weigh on average 38 kg at birth, while the Bazadais Angus calves are slightly heavier at 39.5 kg. The only calvings that have required our assistance have been malpositions, such as breech births. Malpositioning is not an inherited condition and is found in all breeds.
Growth rate Bazadais Angus cross steers and heifers outperform their Angus counterparts. The Bazadais Angus steers and heifers consistently weigh 11% heavier at 200 and 400 days than their pure Angus cousins.
Bazadais Angus cross
200 day weight
400 day weight
Easy calving, quicker turn off or increased weight at slaughter, and higher yield gives the commercial producer a substantial increase in profit for no extra time, energy or money.
Payment of producers based on yield (% of dressed weight/carcase weight) using objective carcase measurements is becoming a common practice as the financial benefit to processers is considerable.
Bazadais are lean, heavily muscled, small boned cattle. Their EMA are high and their IMF is low with a uniform distribution of fat over the carcase. Unlike other European breeds they are light boned.
The Bazadais Angus cross have similar qualities being characteristically small boned with 5-8mm fat evenly distributed along the whole carcase when finished on grass. The combination of an even light fat layer and small bone means little trim and waste and high yield.
Pure Bazadais yield 75% or higher. Likewise, Bazadais Angus cross consistently yield 73+%, out-performing our best Angus at 61%.