Nothing mystical about the Pells’ cattle
Marilyn Pell talks all things Murray Grey – what attracted her to the breed, and how they can to be involved in the owning of a stud. THE Murray Grey Beef Cattle we breed are all purebred.
It was back in 2000 we purfrom the Rockyleigh Stud, renowned breeders at Maiden Gully near Bendigo.
Needing a bull, Robert (Pell) phoned Joan Heard, who invited us over to take a look - we came bull Rockyleigh Victory.
Liking what we saw, we also purchased two older cows with calves at foot; this was the beginnings of our very own Murray Grey Stud we called Mystical.
From humble beginnings we have travelled to Tasmania and purchased joined heifers from the Woodbourn Stud, from Western Australia the Monterey Murray Grey Stud and here in Victoria from the late Allen Pate the large framed cattle of the Mt View Stud.
These cattle are the basis of our female herd.
to introduce bloodlines.
Over the past 18 years we have developed a line of structurally sound cows using selective low birth weight bulls.
One of our favourite sires was from the home of the Murray Greys at Thurlogalong near Wodonga; Michaelong Trumpcard, he was a very smooth bull who produced some excellent females to add to our herd.
Our latest herd sire was Mystical Galaxy G49.
Our cattle are registered with the Murray Grey Australia Breeders Association Inc.
At Tatura – the home of the stud - we have around 70 female breeders.
In retaining bulls, we only keep a dozen to sell; only the best of the best go on to be sires, the others are all steered for market.
We have three sons; Mark is at home on the Tatura farm with his family.
Together we operate our beef farming business; 2018 proved to be a hard year with the drought, we chased hay and fodder all winter, and the cattle have come through looking great.
At the 2019 Beef Week, we will have on display several young bulls for sale; these are yearling bulls around 15 months old.
They will be inspected prior to Beef Week by the local vet.
Also on offer are joined heifers, cows with calves at foot, and on display will be our twin calves for the children to cuddle.
QUIET CATTLE: Robert Pell, from Mystical Murray Greys at Tatura, with Jobe Robbin.