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