Acquired: Bred animal myself
Posted Feb 21, 2013
In northern Australia, Brahman herds can be extremely large – up to 100,000 head with 10,000 per paddock (field) on the largest properties. Brahmans are raised for beef, both for the domestic market and for the live export market. They have a much greater resistance to the cattle tick than other breeds, and this coupled with their heat tolerance means they get much less stressed in these tropical conditions; therefore being more productive.
Some reviews have said that Brahmans are touchy to handle. That depends, to an extent, upon the amount of handling that they are used to; and how it is done, as is the case with almost all livestock. Brahmans, when handled regularly and quietly can be as docile as any other breed. The Brahmans that I’ve seen have been mustered (rounded up) by stockmen on horseback and the cattle have come in quietly to the cattle yards. Other methods of mustering include the use of motor bikes, or in the case of extremely large properties, the use of helicopters to bring the cattle in close to the yards where bikes or horses are used to draft them into the cattle yards. In the cattle yards they are as quiet and manageable as any other breed. Again, it depends entirely upon the amount of handling, and how it is done, as to how the cattle react. Quiet, regular handling leads to quiet, manageable Brahmans.
The bulls are kept in a separate paddock except for the breeding season when they are introduced into the herds. Our bull paddock was usually near the house and we didn’t have any trouble with a paddock full of these massive big bulls, several of which weighed 1 tonne. We used to get out to of the car to open the gate, and whilst we were always watchful, we children never once had a problem. My 70 year old grandmother did get pursued once, but purely by accident while walking through the bull paddock to deliver a phone message to the men at the cattle yards. Several of the bulls ran up to her; she became frightened and fell over, which was rather too much for the bulls and they then bolted!
Brahmans are well suited to northern Australia, as their heat tolerance; parasite resistance and digestive abilities all impact upon their ability to reproduce and to achieve good growth rates. This makes them the ideal choice for the tropical beef market. Having grown up on a cattle property stocked with Brahmans, I would recommend them. My grandmother; not so sure about her recommendations…