Tummel Herefords marks its diamond anniversary this year.
In 1957 the stud was founded by Gordon Lisle to produce quality Herefords with excellent milking ability, easy calving and top growth and muscle.
Sixty years later and while there have been some changes, according to stud principal Chris Lisle, that foundation has maintained its strength.
Based at “Lochaber”, Walcha, Mr Lisle said over the years the focus on eating and carcase qualities has increased.
There have been improvements in calving ease and growth and muscle since Mr Lisle’s father started the stud, with one of the most influential sires Smithston Gun.
“His calves have been outstanding,” Mr Lisle said.
Another top impact bull was Tummel Bombshell – used extensively in Mr Lisle’s stud and commercial herds.
There have been a number of highlights as well, with Tummel Jubilee selling to Strathleigh and Reedy Creek studs nearly 20 years ago, Tummel Proserpine selling for $44,000 in Sydney, Tummel James making $20,000 and Tummel Ventriloquist making $21,000 at the on-property sale three years ago.
“We have kept the same focus on breeding quality Herefords, but select breeding lines using carcass weight data and BreedPlan figures,” Mr Lisle said. “That’s put more emphasis on how the animals finish and this has lead to a quite a lot of improvement over the past few years.”
Tummel clients have reported excellent results at sales this year, with weaners selling to a top of $1400 at a recent Tamworth sale with 20 to 24-month-old steers making in excess of $2000 while meeting MSA standards, Mr Lisle said.
At this year’s 33rd annual on-property sale on Tuesday, July 25, Mr Lisle will present 30 horned and 15 poll bulls. The sale will start at 1pm, with inspections from 11am.
Horned sires include Nunniong Jet, Glenwarrah Lanz and Devon Court Eclipse. In the polls there’s progeny from the New Zealand sire Eiffel Tower, who won a recent performance trial and had sons sell to $30,000 as well as sons of Elmvale Hurry, Valma Hailstone and Yalgoo Wrench.
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