Wither­swood shut­ting the stock­yard gate

John and Joan Woodruff to say good­bye

North East & Goulburn Murray Farmer - - FRONT PAGE -

AFTER 25 years in the in­dus­try, John and Joan Woodruff will over­see the com­plete dis­per­sal of their renowned stud, Wither­swood An­gus, across a three stage process.

Be­gin­ning with a fe­male herd sale on Oc­to­ber 19, the Woodruffs will auc­tion off all cows, cow and calf units, weaner heifers, re­cip­i­ent cows and em­bryos.

Fol­low­ing that, they will hold the fi­nal Wither­swood An­gus bull sale – where some of the best ge­net­ics in the coun­try will be of­fered next March – with the prop­erty the fi­nal stage. "This has been a very dif­fi­cult sale of the decision,” John ex­plained. “We have thought long and hard about it – but the re­al­ity is we are get­ting older, and there is no fam­ily to fol­low on.”

In their early 80s, John and Joan have ded­i­cated al­most three decades of their life to de­vel­op­ing the best blood­lines in Aus­tralia – most no­tably, when Wither­swood joined a con­sor­tium to buy Mil­lah Mur­rah King­dom K35 for $150,000, the most ever paid for an An­gus bull at the time.

“Our ge­netic base is sec­ond to none,” John said.

“Our foun­da­tion cows were pur­chased from Booroomoka An­gus over 20 years ago - we were one of the first Vic­to­rian breed­ers to pur­chase from the very suc­cess­ful Mil­lah Mur­rah An­gus in NSW, and we also have Te Ma­nia as well.

“These ge­net­ics, the best in the coun­try, are all through our herd.”

Based at Taminick, Wither­swood have a breed­ing herd of more than 350 reg­is­tered cows - and de­vel­oped a rep­u­ta­tion for pro­duc­ing cat­tle with thick­ness, length, mus­cle and bone struc­ture.

“We work hard to re­tain the Wither­swood type of func­tional high fer­til­ity, soundly struc­tured cat­tle that are in good work­ing or­der, and not over fat,” stud man­ager Ian Peake said.

“We be­lieve that in main­tain­ing these traits, as the foun­da­tion of any breed­ing pro­gram, gives the breeder more op­tions in tar­get­ing var­i­ous mar­kets along the sup­ply chain.

“To put it bluntly, our suc­cess is the buyer’s suc­cess.”

Ideally, the Wither­swood team would like to see their hard work carry on through other studs.

“The sale of our prop­erty is the fi­nal stage, which will present a great op­por­tu­nity for an open­ing in the North East for some­one to set up and sup­ply bulls to our loyal clients,” John said.

“A ready-made stud prop­erty, with fa­cil­i­ties and view­ing yards made for on farm sell­ing will be of­fered when Wither­swood goes on the mar­ket.”

After the dis­per­sal is com­plete, John and Joan will trade the coun­try for city life – keen to spend more time with their chil­dren and ex­tended fam­ily.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the up­com­ing Wither­swood sales, visit the web­site at www.with­er­swoodan­gus.com.au.

MOV­ING ON: Wither­swood An­gus will be com­pletely sold over three stages, the first be­ing as fe­male dis­per­sal sale on Oc­to­ber 19. Al­though a dif­fi­cult decision to make, stud prin­ci­pal John Woodruff (pic­tured cen­tre) said it was time to move closer to...

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