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.