Welcome to the official website of Belmont Australia.
This site is designed to provide you with information about the history of the breed, its qualities including fertility, adaptability, and docility, as well as giving you information on the Belmont Council and information on Belmont sales.
In 1954 there was an obvious need in the Australian Tropics for a breed of cattle which would have a more placid temperament, be highly fertile, and utilise the environment and its pastures in the most efficient manner to give high weight gains The Belmont Red was therefore conceived at Belmont Research Station as a composite breed using Africander (African Sanga) and Hereford-Shorthorn (Bos Taurus) to fulfil that need – and further developed by commercial breeders.
Rigid selection for the traits required has resulted in the evolution of a breed of "Australian Made" cattle which has been remarkably successful when compared, under trial conditions with older breeds and their crosses.
Since the original Aus-Meat Comparison Trials commenced in 1988, the Belmont Red has achieved an overall standard in beef production better than any other breed or cross breds. More recently Belmont Reds have achieved an unparalleled run of wins and high placings in The Paddock to Plate Challenge. The fertility of the breed has assisted many beef producers to correct reproductive deficiency in their herds and this reputation is freely accepted by the industry. The placid nature of the Belmont Red is widely recognised by beef producers who have handled them.
The package of Production, Placid Temperament and Fertility has remained intact when used in the temperate zone.
Belmont Red cattle are noted for their high fertility. Large commercial herds running on native pastures in both Queensland and the Northern Territory have calving rates above 90% achieved in large breeder groups containing 5000 head. On high nutrition pasture, calving rates of 95% and higher have been attained (Australian Bureau of Statistics show the Australian average at 66%).Males are sexually mature by 12/15 months, females 10/14 months and/or 250kg liveweight with low levels of dystochia (calving difficulties) and good mothering ability.
2012 - 2013 BELMONT CONTACTS
1668 Mount Sylvia Road
Mount Sylvia QLD 4343
Ph 07 5462 6412
Mobile 0429 932 170
Mobile 0427 761 208
PO Box 139
Yeppoon QLD 4703
Ph 07 4925 0880
202 Kitchener Road
Kedron QLD 4031
Ph 07 333 504 040
2620 Pierces Creek Road
Emu Creek QLD 4355
Mob 0427 632 113
Ph 07 4698 4766
Secretary - Heather Apps
PO Box 990
Armidale NSW 2350
Ph 02 6772 7720
Fax 02 6772 9599
Belmont President - Ph 0429 932 170 or (07) 5462 6412
Nomination Fee: $20.00
Active: $165.00 + GST
Commercial: $70.00 + GST
Junior/Student: $20.00 + GST
SOUTHERN BRANCH NEWS
The Southern Branch is a support and promotion focused group of Belmont Breeders from SE Queensland. Traditionally the group meets once per year during farmfest and at other times by arrangement. Membership is $25 per year. Any one who is a member of the Belmont Assoc. is eligible to join. New members will be made to feel very welcome.
Any queries please don’t hesitate to call Jeanne on 0427 632113.
Pinnacle Pocket Cattle
Belmont Australia has over the last few years moved its breed codes to foundation breed percentages to accommodate other Belmont Composites, together with other purebreds in the analysis. The database now has representations from Charolais, Brahman, Boran, Tuli, Senepol, Angus, Limousin, Bonsmara, Belmont, and Droughtmaster.
Belmont Australia is encouraging composite cattle to be recorded on the Australian Composite Register and have the data included in their annual GROUP BREEDPLAN analysis.
Belmont Australia offers a cross-bred GROUP BREEDPLAN analysis which is run in July each year, and interim runs conducted throughout the year.
Belmonts have a unique database that includes Bonsmaras and Senepols, which can have EBVs calculated that are directly comparable to all animals in the database.
For further details on the Belmont Composite database and BREEDPLAN please contact
Paul Williams - Tropical Beef Technology Services Ph 07 4927 6066 Fax 07 4927 6036 Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Listed below are the documents available for download from Belmont Australia.
Australian Composite Database
Semen for Sale
Pure bred Belmont Bull
- Extremely naturally docile.
- Dam has faultless calving record. She is 11 yo and has had 9 calves out of 9 mating opportunities. She is vet preg tested PTIC again in 2013.
- Heterozygously horned, Tedstar carries the polled gene. His dam is polled , his sire was horned. Tedstar produces about 50% polled calves and 50% horned calves.
- In the top 15% for 200D wt, top 10% for 400D wt and the top 12% for 600D wt.
- In the top 5% for scrotal circumference ie early puberty - scrotal circumferance at 11½ months old was 40 cm; current scrotal circumference is 46 cm (2013)
- semen test at 24mths Progressive motility 90%, morphology 94%
- Above the top 1% for IMF, top 3%rump/ top 1%rib and top 25% carcase Wt EBVs.
- Scan (May 2012) IMF 6.5%; rump 23/rib12;