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 have proven to demonstrate their ability to endure and thrive in the varying Australian climatic conditions from the cooler temperate climate of Tasmania to the hot, arid plains of the Northern Territory.
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).
Bazadais have proven to be a very mobile animal with high endurance and strength. They can handle hilly terrains to vast open plains where they need to cover distances to access feed and water.
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.
Temperament: Bazadais bulls have a good quiet temperament and are easy to handle.
Longevity: It is very common to have sound, breeding Bazadais bulls over 10 years of age.
Appearance: View photos of Bazadais bulls
Maternal Characteristics: Bazadais cows have high quality milk and good mothering instincts.
Temperament: Bazadais cows and heifers have a good quiet temperament and are easy to handle.
Longevity: Bazadais cows have great longevity and are commonly over 10 years of age in sound condition and breeding healthy calves.
Appearance: View photos of Bazadais females
Bazadais cattle excel in lush pastures with excellent weight gains but also easily retain their renowned quality and condition in more harsh, arid pastures.
Bazadais are consistently demonstrating their unparalleled performance in weight gain in feedlots as evident in the carcase competitions.
Bazadais unique characteristic is their consistent ability to yield high weight carcases. When every dollar counts for the meat yield – the Bazadais is superior!
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:
- high growth rates and feed efficiency
- high dressing percentages
- younger turn off age
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.
- very high yielding carcases
- good proportion of marbling
- even fat layer
- large eye muscle area
- exceptional tenderness and flavour
Contact us and we will demonstrate how an infusion of Bazadais into your business can improve your bottom line.
Bazadais cows have great longevity and are commonly over 10 years of age in sound condition and breeding healthy calves.