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Advantages of Grading-up to purebred Santa Gertrudis are many.

Classification Service
An Association recognised Grading-Up program requires the use of a classified 'S' Santa Gertrudis bull at each successive stage in the breeding program.

Fundamentally, breed associations are organised to improve a particular breed and further its interests.

With achievement of this objective in mind, a major service provided by the Santa Gertrudis Breeders' (Australia) Association to its members is a classification system.

From the inception, Santa Gertrudis cattle were subjected to individual inspection and classification, firstly by visiting American classifiers and from 1963 by full-time Association-employed classifiers (now termed Field Directors).

The responsibility of the official Field Director is to inspect Santa Gertrudis cattle in Australia which are included in a recognised breeding program - a program which must be recorded with the
Association.

The classification service is restricted to registered members of the Association. A fee is charged for this service.

This system of personal inspection and classification - in addition to advice and guidance given to breeders - ensures that a standard and uniformity, based on the Standard of Excellence for the breed, is maintained.

Branding
Classified cattle are branded in two categories as follows:

  • A classified purebred animal, male or female, that has four or more crosses and meets the minimum standard based on the Standard of Excellence, i.e. S Brand.

  • A female that has three crosses and meets the requirements based on the Standard of Excellence, i.e. S Brand.

All branding is done in the presence of the Field Director.

S branded males and females only are accepted for the Santa Gertrudis Stud Book. S bar branded females are registered in an Appendix section of the Stud Book.

Calves, both male and female, from S and S bar classified females and sired by S bulls, are eligible for registration in the progeny register.

The services of the Field Directors are available to members for inspection visits when advice on breeding programs, culling levels, etc., may be offered.

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The Grading-Up Process
Grading-up to purebred Santa Gertrudis cattle is a breeding program that has many advantages for the commercial cattleman.

The program is simply the use of classified Santa Gertrudis bulls on cows of any breed or combination of breeds and keeping the female offspring from four successive top crosses - eventually resulting in the production of an animal eligible to be presented for classification as a purebred Santa Gertrudis.

By doing this a breeder can operate his herd as a commercial cattle unit, sell his crossbred steer calves as he has done in the past and add Santa Gertrudis blood to his heifers at the same time.

The first step is to purchase a Santa Gertrudis bull, classified "S" by the Santa Gertrudis Breeders (Australia) Association and be sure that you get his pedigree and a copy of the registered transfer form. Calves achieved from the mating of this bull with your cows will be first cross Santa Gertrudis.

The next step is to keep the first cross heifer calves and when they are old enough breed them to another Santa Gertrudis bull, unrelated to their sire. The calves from this mating will be second cross Santa Gertrudis cattle.

The same procedure is used in the next step which will result in third cross Santa Gertrudis, the only difference being that third cross females can be Produce Registered and presented for classification by SGB(A)A for the S Bar category.

When the third cross heifers are mated to classified bulls, their progeny are considered purebreds and these cattle are eligible to be classified as purebred Santa Gertrudis cattle if they are accepted by a SGB(A)A Field Director.

When you start the grading-up program it will be most useful and helpful to contact a purebred breeder in your area or the Association's official Field Director to advise you of the rules governing the program. You may obtain the necessary forms, etc., from the SGB(A)A.

The grading-up program ensures the commercial cattleman of a heavy calf at weaning, plus the advantage of building a herd of purebred cattle without having to buy purebred females.

A wide selection of classified purebred bulls is available from Santa Gertrudis breeders throughout Australia. Why not let an established breeder help get you started in a grading-up program?

Standard of Classification

An Association recognised Grading-Up program requires the use of a classified 'S' Santa Gertrudis bull at each successive stage in the breeding program.

The animal itself determines the Degree of Excellence. The stud breeder has but one and only one purpose - to produce seed stock for the commercial operator.

Show Ring Classification
It then follows that the show ring has but one main purpose - the decision of a qualified authority as to the better purebred individuals that will sire superior animals for the commercial operator.

However, it would be wrong for a breeder to deviate from his goal of producing superior seedstock for commercial cattlemen through a desire to win in the showring.

It is the responsibility of the judge to thoroughly study and acquaint himself with the basic fundamentals of a superior beef animal and the particular characteristics of the breed concerned.

If the show ring is to gain and keep the respect of practical cattlemen, the judge, whether or not he realises it, has a tremendous responsibility. He must be competent, completely serious in his task and let nothing alter his quest for an animal with the best basic components.

The Santa Gertrudis Breeders' (Australia) Association realises the responsibility associated with showing and judging and continually strives to select better qualified judges, to further train present ones and to periodically hold conferences where all things pertaining to judging Santa Gertrudis are thoroughly discussed.


 

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An Association recognised Grading-Up program requires the use of a classified 'S' Santa Gertrudis bull at each successive stage in the breeding program.

 

 

 

 

 

The program is simply the use of classified Santa Gertrudis bulls on cows of any breed or combination of breeds and keeping the female offspring from four successive top crosses.

 

 

 

 

 

S branded males and females only are accepted for the Santa Gertrudis Stud Book.

 

 

 

 

 

S bar branded females are registered in an Appendix section of the Stud Book.

 

 

 

 

 

The responsibility of the official Field Director is to inspect Santa Gertrudis cattle in Australia which are included in a recognised breeding program

 

 

 

 

 

The grading-up program ensures the commercial cattleman of a heavy calf at weaning, plus the advantage of building a herd of purebred cattle without having to buy purebred females.

 

 

 

 

 

The stud breeder has but one and only one purpose - to produce seed stock for the commercial operator.

 

 

 

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