Noth­ing mys­ti­cal about the Pells’ cat­tle

North East & Goulburn Murray Farmer - - BEEF WEEK - By MAR­I­LYN PELL

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.

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