Robert runs the Downfall Creek Braford Stud along with his wife Lesette. The stud was established in 1987 and is run in conjunction with a commercial operation run over two properties, Siloa and Erby Downs. Robert and his family have been involved in the showing of cattle, both stud and prime, and have also been very involved with the youth for many years, hosting camps at both his own property and in recent years at Wandoan.
Geoff runs the Werribee Braford Stud in Winton in Queensland. Werribee Brafords was established in 2013 with Geoff’s wife Carly. Both Geoff and Carly have been involved with the running of the local Winton Cattle Club in previous years and are both currently involved in the Led Cattle and Horse section in the Winton Show Society. Geoff and Carly run their stud and commercial cattle on two properties Warnambool and The Ten Mile, both owned by Robert Mitchell a long time Braford breeder, who has played a huge part in helping establish Werribee Brafords.
Dan Galloway is a part of the Ascot Neimen Braford Studs alongside his parents Graham and Jill Galloway. Dan has been heavily involved in presenting the show team and sale bulls since finishing school in 2000. Ascot Neimen Brafords are currently running around 300 registered and 300 commercial breeders on four properties in the Banana area. The commercial side is focused on the grass fed EU market while the stud aspect is focused on the annual bull sale in September. Dan hopes to help promote the breed and increase breeder’s confidence in Brafords.
Russell runs Harriett Valley Braford Stud, along with his wife Donna and children Jeffrey and Bec, and is a third generation Braford breeder. They currently have about 7,000 acres and lease 5,000 acres in Gayndah which is part of the North Burnett Shire on which they breed both stud and commercial Brafords, with 500 breeders. They sell bullocks and cull cows to Swifts and Teys and weaner heifers to Murgon. They are also annual vendors at the National Sale in Rockhampton, as well
as privately, and visitors are always welcome.
I run a small stud operation of around 40 Braford breeders north of Emerald in Central Queensland. I also have a commercial herd of around the same number and depending on the season, turn off steers direct to works or privately to local clients. The few bulls I keep are marketed at the New Dimension Sale and National Sale, with the odd paddock sale as well. All cattle are performance recorded and EU accredited. My focus is still on encouraging members to be proactive in promoting our breed through carcase competitions, hoof and hook and led steer competitions – it is a great benchmarking tool and Brafords hold their own very well. I support performance recording of our cattle and strongly believe Braford Group Breedplan is a way for our breed to progress in leaps and bounds. I still encourage our members to consider joining Breedplan to record more data on our great breed. I will also continue to promote Brafords in the showring and at the Central Queensland field days at Ag-Grow in Emerald.
2014 has seen the drought bite deeper in South East Queensland. Producing saleable cattle has been even more of a challenge but we’ve completed another year and look forward to easier times in the future. Being a part of the Braford Society has enabled me to meet regularly with a group of cattle breeders who are all only too happy to share their experiences and knowledge of the industry to anyone with a question. Although we are all from different backgrounds, we are united by a determination to promote Brafords in all markets wherever we can. It has not been an easy year, but as market prices have lifted slowly and hopes for summer rain rise we are once again optimistic about Brafords in 2015.
I have been a member of the Australian Braford Society since 1981 and operate my Sunrise Braford Stud at Wingham NSW, running about 50 stud breeders. I previously served on the Management Committee in 1949-1995. In 1995 I stood for Local Government and was successful and appointed a Councillor on the Greater City of Taree Council. I served the residents of the Manning Valley for 17 years. During this period I chaired numerous committee meetings and served a term as Deputy Mayor. In the past I have promoted Braford cattle by showing, donating steers and lending a bull to the Wingham High School. As a result the school has been extremely successful with Braford and Braford infused cattle in carcass competitions, taking out many major awards.
Craig and Caroline Chad with their 3 sons operate Double C Pastoral, a beef, lamb and pork breeding and finishing operation at Dubbo in central west NSW. Double C Pastoral includes Double C Brafords which is focused on breeding bulls for the beef industry of today, and the mindset of evolving to continue to breed beef industry relevant seed stock into the future. The prime lamb and ram breeding enterprise’s include a White Suffolk ram breeding unit and an Australian White (an emerging haired breed) Stud and commercial flock with the majority of progeny being finishedin the on farm feedlot and marketed over the hooks through a local marketing Co-Op. The pork enterprise is in the early stages of a small 20 sow operation producing outdoor raised pork. They also operate a sheep and cattle ultra-sound pregnancy scanning business. Craig has been involved with livestock at an early age and has registered Braford cattle for over 25 years. “It is this broad range of practical experience and an open and evolving mindset with a need for continual improvement that I can bring to council to work with members and producers to make Brafords a preferred choice for profitable Beef production.”
For the past five years, Daniel with wife Helen and two girls, Airlie and Abi, have been running “Cheesington”, their grazing property at Stewart Range in South Australia’s south east. They run a 300 head pure Braford commercial herd, with over 12 years of breeding, along with replacement heifers and 200 Braford cross cows – predominately focusing on the feedlot and background markets. Daniel is passionate about the Braford breed for its constitution, adaptability in all environments, carcass traits and ease of management. He would like to promote the breeds versatility, not only as a pure line, but also for crossbreeding purposes, with its highly impressive hybrid vigor traits. “I look forward to working with the Society in the ongoing promotion of the breed and exploring new opportunities into the future.”
Larry and Beth Acton run one of the more recent Braford studs developed in the breed, and in 2013 were the newest vendors selling bulls at the National Sale. Having bred commercial Braford cattle for almost four decades, selling bulls was a big change in direction. Since moving to Riverton, on the Fitzroy River north west of Rockhampton, the downsizing in the scale of their operation has brought about this change in focus. It also allows Larry to get involved in his other passion – thorough-bred horse racing. Larry spent more than 10 years in various Leadership positions in rural industry in Queensland and nationally, but still regards his appointment to the position of Patron of the Braford breed as one of his proudest moments.
Raised on family cattle stations across Queensland Linda has studied and worked in the agriculture fields. Linda came to the Braford Society after working at a busy veterinary hospital in Rockhampton, where she carried out reception and administration duties. Previously Linda worked in various jobs including a small electrical company owned by her parents and Elders Rural in Mackay. Linda holds a Certificate III and Diploma in Agriculture (Longreach Pastoral College), Certificate III in Business Administration (TAFE) and Certificate III in Financial Services (TAFE).