Bazadais were imported into Australia
Bazadaise were first imported into Victoria in 1991 through the efforts of neighbouring cattlemen Bernie O’Kane & Bill Gleeson.
The original three bulls and five heifers were transported from the French village of Bazas to Breast where they were quarantined and placed on a strict feed program for 90 days before they could make the long flight to Australia.
Due to the Gulf war they were unable to travel to the Middle East and then to Australia so the plane went from France directly to Moscow. Permission to fly to Sequel was denied with the authorities ordering the plane to Tabaros, in Russia and directly at right angles to Moscow and no closer to Australia. Eventually after a 12 hour delay at Tabaros the plane flew to Seoul refuelled then on to Port Moresby for a final refuel before arriving in Melbourne.
All in all it was quite an arduous journey of 72 hours and the first Australian Bazadaise had travelled nearly half way around the world. From Melbourne the eight Bazadaise were taken to the quarantine centre at Spotswood where they remained for another 89 days. They were released on the 24th of April 1991 and have been the only live importation of Bazadaise into Australia.
Soon after the arrival of these cattle, importation of further stock was banned due to BSE. The bans were lifted in 1996 but with the extensive use of embryo transfer numbers had grown. Since that time further genetic importation has been through embryos and semen. Bazadaise cattle can today be found in most States of Australia with a broad pool of genetics now available.
The Bazadaise Breeders of Australia Inc was formed in 1994 to allow accurate recording & preservation of genetics of all Bazadaise cattle bred in Australia.
Since their introduction to Australia, Bazadaise have been trialled under all climatic conditions from the cold of Tasmania to the heat and flies of the Northern Territory.
Bazadais handled extreme conditions very well.
These trials have mirrored the reputation in its French homeland where they are known as the hardy breed. Bazadaise have also been entered into feedlot & grass fed trials with outstanding results.
Bazadaise cross cattle have dominated leading places in carcase competitions in Tasmania, Victoria and Queensland. Some of these results include Grand Champion on the Hook for 4 years in a row in Sheffield Tasmania, numerous Champion grass fed carcases in Dandenong, Lang Lang, Pakenham and other places in Victoria & wins throughout Queensland including 2nd place for all round animal from feedlot entry to saleable meat yield in the 2006 Gympie Carcase Classic. Bazadaise have gained a reputation with butchers for their high yielding, tender carcase. Results of over 60% dressage with a saleable meat yield of 80% are not uncommon.
Bazadais cattle have huge potential.
Bazadaise have proven since arriving their adaptability as a breed that will excel in all climatic conditions throughout Australia. They are a breed with huge potential, a breed that has the ability to make an enormous contribution to the quality of carcase supplied from the Australian beef producer.
They are a breed that increases the dollar return whether it be from vealers, bullocks or cull cows. Bazadaise bulls have been used over virtually every other breed to produce offspring that meet market requirements. The Bazadaise are the last breed to come out of France and as the saying goes “you always leave the best till last”.