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PEDIGREE AUSTRALIAN LOWLINE HERD
Here's Casablanca Sahara, a bright, healthy, active and
valuable calf,shown here at the age of one month. (She is now four years
old.) Sahara was the result of surgical embryo transfer, the
first done in New Zealand using an Australian Lowline embryo. Her
dam was the well known Australian cow, Mugga Piaf, and her sire,
Avonsleigh Atlas, a very superior Australian bull who showed his
worth against all comers of all breeds as Interbreeds Champion
and Supreme Champion at the Canberra Royal Show.
Surgical embryo transfer, in which a hole is cut in the side of
the surrogate (under local anaesthesia) and the embryo placed
directly into the most favoured horn of the uterus, produces an
average 90% confirmed pregnancies as compared with vaginal
transfer which is successful about 60% of the time. Our record is
100% success, using John Crawford of Premier
, one of the pioneers of surgical embryo transfer.
The operations appeared to be painless and the incisions healed
rapidly. Embryo transfer provides a viable alternative for those
who want pedigree stock, are prepared to put in the waiting time,
and who are looking for a lower total cost of ownership.
It is important to understand the possibilities of embryo
transfer because, with Australian Lowlines, it is not possible to
"breed up" from crossbred to pedigree stock. The reason is that
Lowlines are genetically very "clean"
compared with other small cattle. For example, they do not have
the Achondroplasia or Chondrodysplasia dwarfism genes
with their risk of deformity or
Australian Lowline Cattle Association, is not prepared to
compromise the breed by allowing genetic degeneration. To be
allowed in the studbook, calves must have 100% Lowline ancestry
verified by DNA matching to their parents. If you are interested
in embryo transfer as a way of starting a Lowline herd, we are
happy to advise you, including helping you to source suitable
Stud, based at Whangaehu near Wanganui, New Zealand(previously at
Kumeu, Auckland) welcomes your contact about Australian Lowline
You can ring us on New Zealand 06 342 6670 or Email us
or join our
mailing list to receive current Australian Lowline news.
Which would you prefer for your farm? Small, easily
handled cattle that are easy on your fences?
Or the most beef to the hectare?
Australian Lowlines provide both benefits and are probably the
only breed that can. Lowlines are small Angus cattle which were
developed by NSW Department of Agriculture line breeding
research. Australian Lowline bulls measure about 110 cm at the
hip and Lowline cows about 100cm. The cows are very long-lived,
producing calves for 12 to 20 years and the bulls are renowned
for their fertility. Australian Lowlines are an exceptional beef
breed, producing up to 40% more dressed out beef to the hectare
than other breeds. Australian Lowlines. Bred for better
Judy and David Sainsbury, Casablanca Lowline
Stud, 16 Haunui Rd, Whangaehu, Wanganui, New Zealand.
Telephone:(New Zealand)06 342 6670. Mobile:0211433204.