Stud fo­cused on pro­duc­ing qual­ity

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4 DEE’S Drought­mas­ter Stud in Mun­dub­bera was es­tab­lished in 2008 and is owned by Gavin and Warren Ford.

As it is only a small stud of 60 fe­males, Gavin and Warren strive to pro­duce qual­ity cat­tle that demon­strate high lev­els of fer­til­ity, struc­tural sound­ness and the right tem­per­a­ment.

Their small herd is heav­ily based on Cru­sader ge­net­ics af­ter pur­chas­ing a se­lected line of fe­males re­main­ing from the well-known Cru­sader Stud. A se­lec­tive num­ber of stud fe­males have also been in­tro­duced to their herd in­clud­ing RSVP, Vit­wood, An­gle Z, Cedar View, Jem­brae and Ar­rawatta, while they have also re­tained fe­males from their first prin­ci­pal Sire Glen­lands In­dul­gence.

Gavin said the past cou­ple of years their re­tained heifers and se­lected cows were sent to Glen and Mandy Ballin’s “Heifer­land” for an AI pro­gram.

“We like to use se­men from se­lected proven stud sires that have qual­ity prog­eny on the ground,” he said.

“Heifers are avail­able for sale af­ter be­ing well han­dled af­ter wean­ing and grown out and usu­ally sold at join­ing age.

“We only keep a hand­ful of our bulls each year, which are sold di­rectly out of the pad­dock at around two years old in ready-to-work con­di­tion with­out be­ing pumped up on grain.

“We find the drought­mas­ters’ tem­per­a­ment and easy care abil­ity in our cli­mate one of their best at­tributes.”

He said they would have a cou­ple of bulls avail­able for sale at Beef Fest.

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4 Dee’s Drought­mas­ter Stud strives to pro­duce qual­ity cat­tle with high lev­els of fer­til­ity.

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