Da­jory cel­e­brates 20 years

Shepparton News - Country News - - BEEF WEEK 2018 -

Gra­ham­vale stud Da­jory Mur­ray Greys will be in­volved in Beef Week for the 10th time this year as it cel­e­brates the 20th year of the stud’s ex­is­tence.

To mark the oc­ca­sion, the McRae fam­ily will be in­volved in the 2018 Heifer Chal­lenge and those who at­tend the open day on Jan­uary 31 will go into the draw to win a se­men pack­age.

‘‘One lucky vis­i­tor will re­ceive a se­men pack­age on the day,’’ stud owner Carolyne McRae said.

In ad­di­tion to the heifers com­pet­ing in the chal­lenge, the McRaes will also have sale bulls and a se­lect num­ber of cows and calves and joined heifers on dis­play.

When the McRae fam­ily started the stud, they chose Mur­ray Greys be­cause they had young chil­dren at the time.

‘‘This is the 20th year of the stud and when the first lot were pur­chased, the kids were quite young, so we went with Mur­ray Greys be­cause of their quiet tem­per­a­ment and and ease of han­dling,’’ Mrs McRae said.

‘‘We have stuck with them ever since.’’

The stud started from em­bryos from The Glen, Lind­say and Wil­lalooka studs and now has Da­jory bulls and ge­net­ics across the coun­try.

‘‘Now they are buy­ing bulls or ge­net­ics from us,’’ Josh McRae said, in ref­er­ence to the studs from which Da­jory be­gan.

‘‘We have sold bulls and ge­net­ics to ev­ery state of Aus­tralia as well as Canada, the Falk­land Is­lands and New Zealand,’’ he said.

‘‘New Zealand can’t im­port live an­i­mals so they have had to im­port se­men and ge­net­ics,’’ Josh said.

Mrs McRae said the Mur­ray Grey breed was be­com­ing more pop­u­lar.

‘‘Mur­ray Greys are gain­ing more pop­u­lar­ity in the last 18 months . . . par­tic­u­larly those start­ing out with an an­i­mal in­ter­est,’’ she said.

Mrs McRae said there were plenty of ben­e­fits to be­ing in­volved in Beef Week.

‘‘It’s a good day for peo­ple to get an over­view of the op­er­a­tion and see the dams and the size of the herd.’’ ➤ The Beef Week open day, on Jan­uary 31, will be held at the McRaes’ new prop­erty, Con­cord Park, at 70 Knights Rd, Gra­ham­vale.

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