Foxforth’s commercial influence

The Foxforth commercial herd was established in 1938 when John Ernest Starr purchased 10 Hereford cows and calves from the Urandangie Herd at Guyra. 

In 1978 JE Starr’s sons Keith and Fred purchased stud females from Yarram Park in Victoria and Invernaion in Queensland and registered the Foxforth prefix. 

Today, Foxforth Herefords, “Foxforth” Bagot Road Tubbamurra, is jointly run by Fred and his daughter Anne.

The commercial focus of the herd is very strong with milk, temperament, and carcase characteristics being used as the main selection criteria, Anne Starr said. 

“Our cattle must have good fat cover and an easy doing ability to survive the harsh winter months,” she said.

“Commercial steers are sold to Whyalla Feedlot at Texas each year. Calves are yard weaned and steers vaccinated against Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD). 

“Feedback on the steers in the feedlot and at the processing plant is taken into consideration for the next year’s breeding program.”

Alongside the Hereford commercial operation is a herd of black baldy cows which are joined to Charolias bulls as a terminal sire.

These calves are sold as vealers at eight to 10 months of age with the calves consistently dressing at 190-200kg carcase weight (CWT).

These calves are supplied to a processor in Victoria for the restaurant trade in Melbourne.

The stud’s annual open day will be held on property at “Foxforth” on Monday, July 3, where the Glen Innes sale bulls will be on display, along with the 2018 draft of sale bulls. Bulls will also be available for private sale.