In the early 20th century Droughtmaster was the name originally coined by a group of astute cattlemen in North Queensland for the breed of cattle which they developed through crossing Bos Taurus and Bos Indicus breeds to overcome the perennial problems of drought, cattle ticks, heat, eye cancer and many other problems that reduced production and profitability.
Thanks to a ruthless selection process over many years, Droughtmaster females are renowned for their fertility through adaptability, calving ease, mothering ability, milking ability, longevity, virility and docility.
In the temperate regions of Australia, traditionally the home of the British breeds, the low maintenance Droughtmaster breed is being used increasingly in crossbreeding programs to produce easy care productive cattle.
They are also used in tropical areas to improve carcase qualities and performance.
The progeny resulting from this crossbreeding have a significant economic advantage through their inheritance of Droughtmaster traits and possess superior quality to both parents.
High growth sires can be used successfully over Droughtmaster females, due to generations of Droughtmaster breeders constantly selecting for low birth weight, calf shape and pelvic structure.
Calving ease makes Droughtmaster cows very suitable for crossing with high growth sires, and Droughtmaster bulls pass on the important characteristics of calf shape and low birth weights when used with other breeds. The subsequent females are renowned as efficient dams, very suitable for joining to high growth sires.
This combination fits the axiom ‘cows for your country – bulls for your market’.