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Stud sale to end with smiles

AN im­por­tant chap­ter in the Archer fam­ily’s his­tory will close on Mon­day when they sell their Ch­ester Poll Here­ford stud’s breed­ing herd.

Bruce and Ka­t­rina Archer will of­fer 149 stud fe­males, in­clud­ing 43 heifers, as well as cows and calves.

The de­ci­sion to dis­perse the stud was made through a suc­ces­sion-plan­ning process that has seen sons An­drew and Sam take over the day-to-day farm­ing op­er­a­tions.

Mr Archer said while the boys liked cat­tle, their fo­cus was more on the com­mer­cial en­ter­prise that in­cludes about 400 breed­ing cows, prime-lamb pro­duc­tion and crop­ping.

Up un­til about 18 months ago daugh­ter Josie was heav­ily in­volved in the stud but she has moved to the East Coast.

“We could see it com­ing, we’ve been talk­ing about this for two or three years now and you re­ally need a pas­sion to run a stud,” Mr Archer said.

“We’ve en­joyed it and the boys are keen, but they’re more fo­cused on the com­mer­cial side of things.”

Their in­volve­ment with the breed started in 1973 when they set up the Quamby Plains stud in con­junc­tion with Mr Archer’s brother Richard.

They bred and showed cat­tle under the Quamby Plains name un­til they set up the Ch­ester pre­fix in 2005.

The studs have con­tin­ued to work to­gether and held joint bull sales an­nu­ally.

Mr Archer said through­out their time they main­tained a clear fo­cus on the traits they wanted in their cat­tle.

“To start with we’ve fo­cused on things like struc­turally cor­rect cat­tle and fer­tile cat­tle.

“The fact we jumped on per­for­mance record­ing in 1981 when it first started and have al­ways taken that se­ri­ously and used the fig­ures along with the vis­ual, that’s prob­a­bly helped us build the herd up.”

Mr Archer said hav­ing run a size­able com­mer­cial herd and see­ing first hand how their ge­net­ics per­form had also helped un­der­stand what bull buy­ers wanted.

The sale, from 12.30pm on Mon­day, is an op­por­tu­nity to se­cure some qual­ity ge­net­ics.

“What we of­fer is cows that have all been through a breed­ing pro­gram where there’s been a lot of fo­cus on per­for­mance and fer­til­ity. The ones we’re of­fer­ing are the best of ev­ery age group,” he said.

Over the years the stud has sourced ge­net­ics from the best studs in Aus­tralia, New Zealand and the United States.

There has been strong in­ter­est in the sale from buy­ers in a num­ber of states. All lots will be also on Auc­tions Plus.

Buy­ers can in­spect sale an­i­mals on Sun­day from 12pm to and 4pm at the West­wood prop­erty.

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