Largest breeder of Belmont Reds
Largest breeder of Belmont Reds in Australia
Seifert Belmont Reds is owned and operated by husband-and-wife team Ian Stark and Jeanne Seifert. They are the largest breeders of pure-bred Belmont Reds in Australia with approximately 2000 fully Breedplan recorded females on an aggregation of three properties totaling 10,500ha. The properties north of Jandowae, south of Eidsvold, and north of Crow’s Nest are a mix of ticky and clean country, ranging from marginal iron bark breeder country to brigalow backgrounding country.
Up to 400 bulls are produced annually to supply beef producers, from small-scale family operations to large-scale corporate companies, across Queensland, the Northern Territory, Western Australia, New South Wales and Victoria. To cater for the growing demand for their genetics, Seifert Belmont Reds is in a business expansion phase to supply more than 600 bulls annually.
The Belmont Red is the longest performance recorded breed in Australia and Seifert Belmont Reds' pedigrees can be traced all the way back to the original Africander and Belmont Red cattle at CSIRO in 1956. From birth Jeanne spent her early childhood living at Belmont Research Station where her father was the principle research scientist.
Every animal in the Seifert Belmont Red herd continues to be performance recorded using Breedplan, and Ian and Jeanne stake their reputation on high integrity, trustworthy data. However, genetic selection isn't carried out in isolation of phenotype with Ian having an eye for structure, soundness, and type. This balanced approach to breeding the best genotype and phenotype, in combination with deep pedigrees and purity of breed, ensures that in cross breeding systems clients can expect highly consistent and predictable calves. Bull calves are semen tested for morphology and motility from 12 to 14 months of age. These early puberty, high libido bulls are used as single sires in mating groups of 50 to 80 females. This very short intergenerational interval means they have produced their first calves by the time they are two. Significantly these young bulls breed highly profitable early puberty sons, and daughters with low lactation anoestrus, combining to maximise ongoing generational herd fertility.
Seifert Belmont Reds target the economically profitable traits of exceptional fertility, impeccable temperament, real tropical adaptation, and carcase quality. To maximize these profitable traits, the stud uses Breedplans Matesel tool for a portion of joining’s each year. Specifically planned genetic combinations are applied through natural single sire mating groups, FTAI and IVF, to meet breeding objectives. To date Seifert Belmont Red sires hold the top ten rankings on BreedObjects self-replacing $index. Two special top indexing cows are also being cloned.
While the stud produces seedstock bulls the herd is run under strictly commercial conditions. Seifert Belmont Reds are one of a rare few who never treat for ticks or buffalo fly. This guarantees the most naturally resistant, truly tropically adapted genes persist in our herd. Only females that breed a calf each year, despite the heat, ticks and flies, and with no special care, remain. These principles of ‘survival of the fittest’ ensures genuine tropical adaption and hardiness are naturally preserved in their genetic pool.
With their focus on objective data and driving genetic progress, Seifert Belmont Reds are adopters of agritech. They use genomic DNA technologies, with all males and many females DNA sire verified and tested for the poll/horn gene. 98% of their herd is polled, with about half of bulls Homozygous Polls (PP). In conjunction with a joint venture partner, a third of young females are annually tested for net feed efficiency and meat quality at the UNE Tullimba Reseach GrowSafe feedlot NSW. CERES direct to satellite animal monitoring tags are used to track the location and health of stud bulls, with the CERES smart ear tags proving especially useful to monitor if the right bull is in the right paddock during joining. To care for country, Seifert Belmont Reds use CIBOlabs satellite remote sensing technology to estimate paddock pasture biomass levels, stocking capacity, ground cover and land condition. At all times, Seifert Belmont Reds also apply industry best practice pain management, animal welfare and low stress stock handling.
Seifert Belmont Reds have been active participants in research and their herd performance, especially with respect to fertility, is benchmarked in major Australian research. Data received has seen their genetics emerge with top results.The recently completed MLA Northern Beef Genomics project validates their claims about fertility - with their females being ranked in the top five per cent for early puberty. The MLA CashCow project was the largest project researching fertility in northern Australia. Seifert Belmont Red results showed that their return-to-calf rates on first calf wet heifers was 45pc above the average. Seifert Belmont Reds have also been involved in, or contributed data to, the MLA Phosphorus Challenge, UQ poll horned research, UQ buffalo fly research and CRC3, with our pedigrees also represented in CRC1 and CRC2.
Carcase performance and meat quality are a given with Seifert Belmont Reds grading MSA, and having placed or won in every steer competition they have entered to date:
2018: 5th and 7th 8th 9th 10th - BEEF Australia ANZ domestic 'Pen of 3 steers'
2017: 3rd - BEEF Australia ANZ domestic 'Pen of 3 steers'
2012: 1st - Pacific Beef Carcase Comp (ABCAS- MSA & yield) 'Individual carcass'
2012: 2nd - Pacific Beef Carcase Comp 'Pen of 4 trade steers'
2012: 4th - Pacific Beef Carcase Comp 'Individual carcass'
2011: 2nd - RNA Paddock to Plate 'Taste section'
While performing well for producers across Australia, Seifert Belmont Reds genetics are also exported to the Philippines, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, and Paraguay. With partners in South America, Ian and Jeanne have established a satellite herd of Seifert Belmont Reds in Paraguay called Paraguay Belmont Reds, by exporting their pure-bred IVF frozen embryos. The first Belmont Red bulls ever offered in South America will be sold there in 2022.
In summary, Seifert Belmont Red bulls deliver hybrid vigour providing growth, high marbling and high yielding MSA flat backs, that reach puberty early and rebreed quickly, in one docile, short sheathed, tick and fly resistant, tropically adapted, low-cost package.
Impeccable standards of personal and data integrity, plus a long history of the best genetics in Australia, confirm Seifert Belmont Reds reputation as number 1 for the highest quality, trusted breeding.