An­gus stud to open its gates

Shepparton News - Country News - - BEEF WEEK 2018 -

The Collins fam­ily will open the gates to its An­gus stud at Mil­loo dur­ing Beef Week.

Mer­ri­brook An­gus — owned by Graeme, Michele, Rachel and Lach­lan Collins — started in 1987, with the foun­da­tion cow fam­ily of the well-known Mil­dred blood­lines, pur­chased as an em­bryo at the An­gus Na­tional.

They have con­tin­ued with their own cow fam­i­lies, which come from blood­lines of Cheyanne, Jane, Vicky, Ester and Wil­coola fam­i­lies.

‘‘We con­tinue to do ET (em­bryo trans­fer) on our best fe­males to give us qual­ity bulls, which are go­ing out and per­form­ing out­stand­ing in the beef in­dus­try,’’ Lach­lan said.

‘‘Our pro­gram aims to reach high-growth, easy-do­ing cat­tle that are func­tional and with great tem­per­a­ment.

‘‘Clients con­tinue to top weaner sales lo­cally, all over Vic­to­ria and NSW.’’

At its Beef Week open day on Wed­nes­day, Jan­uary 31, Mer­ri­brook An­gus will have on dis­play year­ling and weaner bulls by lead­ing AI sires — in­clud­ing VAR In­dex, JMB Trac­tion and EF Com­pli­ment — and ex­cit­ing young ET calves out of some of the best donors the fam­ily has bred at home.

These an­i­mals will be avail­able for pri­vate sale.

Lach­lan said the stud had been in­volved in dif­fer­ent beef shows and events.

‘‘We con­tin­u­ally help and sup­ply heifers at An­gus Youth Round-ups, with the aim of en­cour­ag­ing the youth in the in­dus­try, and have shown at royal shows all over the coun­try with great suc­cess,’’ he said. ➤ Mer­ri­brook An­gus can be found at 434 Mil­loo Hall Rd, Mil­loo (north-west of El­more).

Mer­ri­brook An­gus will dis­play year­ling and weaner bulls avail­able for sale (above) and there will also be em­bryo trans­ferred calves on show (be­low).

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