Pinnacle Pocket Cattle - Tropical breeds for the tropics

Pinnacle Pocket stud, established in 2006 by Peter 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 Senepol X 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 high rainfall country, east of Malanda, near Mt Bartle Frere, Queensland's Highest mountain; and on Eucalyptus (Wet Sclerophyll) Forest Country 10 Km east of Atherton. It is here we apply selection pressure on our breeders for fertility and insect resistance with high tick and buffalo fly pressure.
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!

Peter Spies

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Australian Senepol Cattle Breeders Association Inc.Butthead
‘Butthead’ Supreme Champion
Stud Bull - Cairns 2010
Pinnacle Pocket Dallas, Grand Champion Malanda show 2011. Pictured with handler Jade Tighe, new owner Chris Symonds and Peter Spies. 
5 Star Tarzan
5 Star Tarzan Grand Champion Bos taurus Bull - Cairns Show 2010 and 2011.
Pinnacle Pocket Becky
Pinnacle Pocket Becky - Grand Champion Bos Taurus Cow Cairns Show 2010

Pinnacle Consulting is a small, specialist consulting practice focussed on tropical and sub-tropical Agriculture, Land Systems Identification & Mapping and Natural Resource Management. In particular, the Gulf Plains, Einasleigh Uplands, Cape York, Wet Tropics, Brigalow Belt and in Western and Central Queensland.

Pinnacle Pocket News

Composite Register

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 records data such as scrotal size, days to calving, weaning, 200, 400 and 600 day weights and inter-calving period in Dams. Pedigree is recorded on Herdmaster.

Droughtmaster Success

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. 

Interview with Keir Shorey ABC Radio in Cairns regarding Vegetation management & farner Rallies Peter Spies
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ABC Interview with Peter Spies

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Breeding fertile, tropically adapted, well muscled cattle that produce tender beef