Flyer Open day 2016 




Folkslee Bazadaise Stud owned by Rodney and Karen Johannessen, have relocated from Bundaberg to the Malarga district 55 klms south of Biggenden.  They have purchased a 720 ha run down property at the foothills of the Burnett Range called "IRONIE' and have a big property development agenda in place so they can further develop and expand their stud and commercial operation.


The Johannesens started the Bazadaise stud in 1995 with an artificial insemination program into base cows.  Prior to that, Rodney had been raised in the dairy shed and then in his teen's his parents switched from dairy to beef.  This early experience with cattle has continued to grow into today's stud operation with some of his commercial cows tracing back to the original beef herd of 1972.  He first became aware of the Bazadaise breed when he read about them in the "Town & Country Farmer" spring edition in 1994 and liked the general description of their characteristics.  The story was on "Bazadaise Go to Bullo River Station" and a convincing story it was.  This was followed with further research and the chasing up of the autumn edition of "Town & Country Farmer" with the interesting launch article, then a phone call to Bernie O'Kane was made and the first semen purchase was arranged.  Following the magazine article and before settling fully on the breed Rodney did a trial of cross breeding with 6 or 8 other breeds using mostly artificial insemination.  He used a female base of mainly Santa Gertrudis with some Angus, Murray Grey, Red poll, Brahman and Charbray added to give a broader result to the trial.  He found the Bazadaise cross performance was as he had read and gave a better return on his leased wallum country than the other crosses.


The only area that Rodney could find fault was that Bazadaise are a naturally horned breed.  A special focus was centred on the female lines carrying the polled gene amongst his base cows and a grade up program was firmly put in place.  One of the highlights of the stud has been to achieve breeding the first pure Poll Bazadaise in the world.  Three natural poll females and the first known poll Bazadaise bull calf have been added to the stud herd.  This bull calf by French AI sire "Talon" will be used extensively during 2011 in our breeding program over unrelated full blood females to speed the production of this valuable genetic trait and we believe there are no short cuts to the success of this vitally important genetic development.  It has been very slow being able to achieve our goals as we have had to sart from scratch but as they say "Rome wasn't built in a day".


Folkslee Bazadaise Stud has a large and diverse genetic base of both fullblood and purebred Bazadaise, a strict type breeding criteria, and has used a considerable amount of imported French genetics to achieve this.  Visitors are always welcome to call in even if it's just for a cuppa and chat.







Folkslee Bazadaise Stud have

Fullblood Bulls & a selection of  Females for sale.


For a detailed list of all Folkslee Bazadaise Studs cattle currently for sale,

please contact Rod Johannesen of Folkslee Bazadaise Stud on

the above phone number or view photos at




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