In 2013 we decided to scale down our heifer rearing operation due to the lack of confidence in the Queensland Dairy sector and high number of farmers exiting the industry. The demand just wasn’t there anymore for dairy heifers. We will continue our Ayrshire Stud on a small basis (6 cows) and a few Jerseys. We will still rear a few Dairy Heifers for resale, our farm would not be complete without calves to feed!
My interest in Shorthorns began many years ago with a picture in a magazine (see below). I was taken not only by the colour but the depth and softness of these cattle. Combine this with the lovely quiet temperament and high intelligence of these cattle, the high quality meat they produce, they were definitely the breed for me. They also cross well over other breeds including dairy cattle to produce fine, heavy vealers.
I looked around for ages to find the old genetics that I was looking for. Sadly these days, the direction the Shorthorn Society is moving in is to breed longer legged smooth coated types of beasts to take advantage of the huge Northern and Outback market but this is not the aim for the type of cattle I want to breed. I want to keep the Shorthorn as the traditional type of beast that led the market for many years. Once the old genetics have gone and the breed infused with others, not only do you lose the breed definition but those genetics are gone forever. I was able to find a line of breeding that went back over 50 years and this is what I have started with.
I was lucky enough to buy 6 cows with 5 heifer calves plus a yearling heifer from Cooredulla bloodlines plus another 5 heifers and a cow of different breeding.
Please join me on my wonderful journey with this magnificent breed and stay tuned to this page for more information.