Maximum returns

EYE catching: Heitiki Jake placed first in the 20-24 month class at last year's Brisbane EKKA. Heitiki aims for efficient production, low risk, and maximum returns.

EYE catching: Heitiki Jake placed first in the 20-24 month class at last year's Brisbane EKKA. Heitiki aims for efficient production, low risk, and maximum returns.

Heitiki Droughtmasters have been operating as a cattle business since the early 1970s.

In 1980 several breed classifiers visited and selected a line of Heitiki breed Droughtmaster heifers to register as D1 females and so the stud journey began for the Lloyd family.

John, Margaret and their son Tim run the business and today it includes a herd of in excess of 200 registered breeders.

Forty Droughtmaster bulls are sold annually to a growing market spreading over a wide area from Broken Hill to Grafton, the southern highlands to McKay. Heitiki Droughtmaster females are sort after when offered and have been purchased by stud and commercial breeders up and down eastern Australia and into export markets at New Caledonia and Mexico.

The stud’s breeding objectives are to supply the industry with cattle that offer efficient production, low risk, high market acceptance and maximum returns.

“We love what we do and it has to make a profit for our clients with a highly attractive product for their market,” Tim Lloyd said.

“Heitiki cattle are renowned for their early maturity and efficient muscle production.

“Most new clients have a determination to cross breed and find the locally bred Droughtmasters as a safe option to meet their existing markets plus a good option to eliminate their existing problems.

“Their second purchase is selected with far less concern as the first calving always offers a calf crop with little tail, good growth rate, and an ease of achieving the expected market specifications. The thick muscled shiny coated calves look good, weigh very well and are sort after.”

The Lloyd family has promoted their brand extensively through local, regional and royal shows over the years.

They won grand champion female at the ‘Beef 2015’ in Rockhampton with Heitiki Gretel and calf.

“We regularly sell at the National sale in Rockhampton and in 2016 Heitiki Indigo was sold for a sale second top price of $38,000,” Mr Lloyd said.

“Droughtmaster cattle breeding is our passion and our business. We enjoy offering our new and return clients a herd improving product that will value add their business and they too will enjoy the process of breeding with Droughtmasters.”

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