COMPOSITE SENAPOL RED ANGUS CATTLE
In 2011 Senapol heifers and bulls were purchased to establish a commercial Stud at Calga to produce bulls to supply northern cattle companies. The breed originates from the Caribbean. In the 1800s N'Dama Cattle were imported to the Caribbean Island of St. Croix from native Senegal, West Africa.
St. Croix is the largest and Southernmost of the U.S. Virgin Islands. The N'Dama, a Bos taurus breed, was well suited for the Caribbean because of it's heat tolerance, insect & disease resistance and the ability to thrive on poor quality forage. The N’Dama, was then crossed with the British breed, Red Poll; the two breed composite was developed on the island at the beginning of the 20th century. The result of infusing the Red Poll was a combining of the N’Dama’s superior traits of heat tolerance, insect resistance and ability to thrive on poor quality forage, with the carcase quality, high fertility, feed efficiency, quiet nature and renowned maternal and milking ability of the Red Poll. The Senepol has been a fixed breed now for almost a century.
Due to the devastating impact of drought over much of QLD since 2011 Calga reviewed its marketing direction and now successfully produces for the restockists and feedlotters.
Below: Senapol heifers and calf at Calga