New stud is as sweet as honey

North East & Goulburn Murray Farmer - - NEWS -

IT might have seemed like a bizarre move when 37-yearold Richard Wade­son sold up the most pop­u­lar night­club in Shep­par­ton to start up his own An­gus stud, but ac­cord­ing to him, it was al­ways on the cards.

“I have al­ways wanted to get into cat­tle full time,” said Mr Wade­son.

“We al­ways ran a few for the com­mer­cial mar­ket in the back pad­dock, but I have wanted to get into the An­gus stud game for a long time and this gave me the cap­i­tal to get started.” And he has done just that. His 250 acres in Kialla, near Shep­par­ton, is now the home to his brand new stud, Honey Suckle Creek An­gus.

He is the owner of three prized bulls from the famed Ban­quet An­gus, and al­though he is now very pleased with his lot, it wasn’t all smooth sail­ing at first.

“I pur­chased a bull pri­vately from Ban­quet, but un­for­tu­nately when he was get­ting ready to go he tried to jump the rails, and hurt him­self,” said Mr Wade­son.

“I was dev­as­tated; I’d al­ready pre-sold 5000 straws from him.”

Thank­fully Ban­quet looked after him.

“That was a real blow, but they didn’t even charge me and re­ally looked after me.

“They waved the cost and told me his top prodigy is com­ing up, so I went to the auc­tion and got him and two oth­ers.”

Mr Wade­son went a bit over bud­get, but he wasn’t go­ing home empty handed this time.

He sourced his cows from Anvil An­gus, who have been sim­i­larly help­ful, and now he is on the way to mak­ing a name for him­self in the stud mar­ket.

“I like to start at the top,” said Mr Wade­son.

“So, I sought out the best I could.”

Which in­cludes his agent Andrew Dal­ten, from Peter Wil­son Live­stock, who put in a tire­less ef­fort in help­ing him set up the stud.

Mr Wade­son has now in­stalled stock­yards and is im­prov­ing the soil and crops.

He is also ap­ply­ing for a full or­ganic cer­ti­fi­ca­tion for the com­mer­cial cat­tle herd and even look­ing to get quar­an­tine ap­proval for the prop­erty down the track as well.

“We’ve still got a way to go, but we are get­ting there,” he said.

“I grew up on an or­chard and mar­ket gar­den and I just like the life­style.”

GOT THE BULL BY THE HORNS: With top Ban­quet bulls now in his pad­dock, Richard Wade­son is ready to dive head first into the An­gus mar­ket.

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