Bazadais are a pure French breed originating from Bazas in the Bordeaux region of southern France. The climate in this region is hot and arid during summer and severe in winter. The Bazadais strength, mobility and quiet temperament meant they were utilised as a work/draught animal in early farming life. The Bazadais herd book was established in 1895.
Bazadais were introduced into Australia in 1991. The first arrivals consisted of three bulls and five heifers. The commitment and enthusiasm over 20 years ago to breed Bazadais in Australia has only grown exponentially. This is clearly evident in the growing number of full blood and cross breed Bazadais cattle and Bazadais beef producers throughout Australia today.
The Bazadais genetic is ever expanding through the use of imported semen and embryos from France and the United Kingdom. The Bazadais cattle bred in Australia today are of exceptional quality and are continually evolving to ensure they are increasing meeting the needs of the Australian beef producer, butcher and consumer.
Bazadais range in colour from charcoal or dark grey to light grey with a short, fine coat. The calves are born a wheaten colour which gradually gives way to a light or dark charcoal colour just before weaning. The eye, muzzle and mucous membranes are pigmented terracotta while the hoof is small. The calves generally have a high growth rate soon after birth. Bazadais are renowned for their exceptional length, well developed hindquarter and large eye muscle area.
Bazadais cattle can adapt to various types of feed from the soft, lush pastures of Southern Australia to the harsh Mitchell grass plains of the Northern Territory. Bazadais clearly can adapt well to feedlot rations given their above average growth rates in feedlots (please refer to Carcase Merits for more information).
Virility: Bazadais bulls are renowned for their high quality semen counts. Mature Bazadais bulls can handle a large number of females in a breeding season.
Maternal Characteristics: Bazadais cows have high quality milk and good mothering instincts.
What the Bazadais Breed Offers
Bazadais cattle have all the exceptional qualities and characteristics that beef producers and meat processors in Australia are looking for. Bazadais are very much a superior beef breed that has much to offer beef producers wanting to increasing their profits and productivity. Bazadais have the ability to increase producer’s profits and productivity through their:
The Bazadais is the butchers’ “perfect carcase” with its consistent balance of outstanding meat quality and quantity. Both of which the consumer is increasingly demanding! Please refer to carcase merits for more information.
Contact us and we will demonstrate how an infusion of Bazadais into your business can improve your bottom line.