In gaining the optimum reproductive performance, both Sire & Dam must play their part.
Excellent walking and foraging abilities coupled with lower nutritional requirements give Droughtmasters
the ability to retain condition and keep cycling and breeding, irrespective of the prevailing conditions.
The inherited Bos Indicus traits of pelvic structure, calf shape and low birth weight make for very easy
calving, which can be used to great advantage in crossbreeding programs using high growth sires.
The maternal instincts are strong, with cows extremely possessive of their young, and willing to defend
them against predators and care for them when faced with adverse conditions.
The Shorthorn reputation for high milk production has been passed on down to the Droughtmaster, helping to produce heavy weaners, despite low birth weights.
Droughtmaster females mature quite early and it is not uncommon to see them joined at 14 months of age. This early start to breeding, plus their ability to adapt to the environment, give them an enviable reputation for longevity.
Low nutritional requirements combined with high feed conversion rates and excellent walking and
foraging abilities, provide a big advantage in marginal country and adverse seasons.
The important breed characteristics of low birth weights and calf shape are passed on by
Droughtmaster bulls, and can be very advantageous in crossbreeding or joining to heifers.
Early maturity, structural soundness and a naturally active constitution can mean a longer working life,
thereby reducing bull replacement costs.
Virility and Docility
Selection for docility and high libido by the pioneer breeders, has given the Droughtmaster a reputation
as a potent and active performer.