Pinnacle Pocket stud, established in 2006 by Peter & Katrina Spies, is the first registered Senepol stud established in the coastal tropics north of Rockhampton and only registered stud in Far North Queensland. Pinnacle Pocket breed fertile Senepol, Senepol composite and Droughtmaster cattle well adapted to the conditions of tropical Australia.
The Pinnacle Pocket operation is based on the Atherton Tablelands, west of Cairns, with the home property located on basalt country between Yungaburra and Atherton on the Barron River. The Senepol and Senepol Composite herds are run on Eucalyptus (Wet Sclerophyll) Forest Country 10 Km east of Atherton. It is here we apply selection pressure on our breeders for fertility.
The Pinnacle Pocket difference - our bulls are paddock-raised and not fed up for sale. We sell out of the paddock thereby lowering cost to buyers. Southern Senepol seedstock operations cannot apply the same selection pressure in this environment, with our tick, buffalo fly, nutrition and tropical heat/humidity issues. Southern-bred cattle may not be adapted to the North Queensland Environment and can go backwards in condition or take significant time to adapt.
In producing cattle, we follow best-practice commercial husbandry including early weaning, controlled mating and pregnancy testing with cows having to produce a calf every year. Our branding rate is typically over 90%. All calves are raised from weaning, on the Tablelands, and the stud applies strong selection criteria to retained bulls and replacement heifers with emphasis on polledness, sheath, testicles, slick coat, fertility, temperament and structural correctness.
The stud has received some of the highest awards and commendations through the Far Northern Queensland show circuit since 2009, including Supreme Champion Beef exhibit Cairns show 2010 and Grand Champion bull at the Atherton, Malanda and Cairns Shows in 2011.
Both stud and herd bulls are available for inspection throughout the year with the bulk of bulls rising two years of age in the spring/early summer of each year. We guarantee the fertility of our cattle - with most Pinnacle Pocket bulls being sold with a Bull Breeding Soundness Evaluation performed by a certified veterinarian. We are also a tested Pestivirus-free herd. Our cattle, bred for docility and fertility, are a pleasure to work with. Come and visit our herd for yourself!
Breed Societies who don't undertake Breedplan runs or market on behalf of members are becoming irrelevant. Commercial breeders are demanding objective data. Pinnacle Pocket has joined the Australian Composite Register that will provide a multi-breed EBV and linkage to over 40,000 animals, including from large pastoral companies. The ACR still provides a full registration platform and pedigree. Our Senepols and Droughtmasters can now be compared on same register.
Pinnacle Pocket Droughtmasters enjoyed FNQ show success in 2011. Pinnacle Pocket showed Dallas, an 18 month bull, and Dalton, 19 months, at Malanda, Atherton and Cairns. These bulls won Champion and Reserve Champion Junior bull at all shows. Dallas also won Grand Champion bull at Atherton and Malanda, whilst Dalton finished on top in Cairns as Junior Champion bull.