Cows and calves, July 2013
Ardcairnie Angus History
Studmaster Jim McGregor comes from a family with a long background in breeding Aberdeen Angus cattle in the home of the breed, Scotland. Jim's late father, James, established the well respected Murdochcairnie Aberdeen Angus stud in Fife in the 1940's and brother William founded his Newcairnie stud on the neighbouring farm in the 1970's; that stud is now run by his daughter Angela in Aberdeenshire. Like Newcairnie, the Ardcairnie herd is run on commercial lines to ensure productive, longliving and sound cattle.
The stud was formed in the mid 1980's in Denbarker and has been based on historic Maybenup since March 1998. Maybenup is one of the oldest farming properties in the area, having originally been settled around 1850. Interestingly, successive owners over the past 50 years have run Angus cattle over its paddocks.
Foundation females came from Strathtay (Narrogin) and Moojepin (Katanning) Angus studs. Over the years bulls for the stud herd have been purchased from Blackrock, Koojan Hills, Strathtay, Teranga and Te Mania Angus Studs. Recently diversity in the stud herd bloodlines has come from using AI sires, mostly from the USA, which would have the largest gene pool of Angus in the world, as well as some from Australia, New Zealand and United Kingdom.
Australian semen from bulls in the Angus Society Young Sire Program has also been used in 2005, 2006, and 2007. In the 2010 mating program 5 straws of a Scottish bull were used. In the 2011 AI program, semen from an English bull was used. In the last five years, only two bulls have been purchased: Esslement Bartel K5 in mid-August last year and Koojan Hills Reality K46 from Lew and Pam Smit’s last bull sale in February this year (they have sold the stud and the name to the Metcalfe Family at Manypeaks). Diversity of genetics continues with the use of AI sires from Australia, New Zealand and America.
Ardcairnie stud and commercial females are all registered with the Angus Society of Australia in the Herd Book Register (HBR), a very few in the Angus Performance Register (APR) and the commercial cattle in the Angus Commercial Register (ACR).
In the early days of the stud, participation in the Knutsford Grass Fed Bull Trials at Kojonup in the 1990's was usually with two bulls to ensure access to Angus Group Breedplan Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs). The sale at the end of each trial gave Ardcairnie the opportunity to bring its bulls to a wider audience.
Bulls have been offered for sale since the mid 1990's with the first on-property bull sale being held in 1999 after the move to Kojonup. Most of Ardcairnie's surplus stock and any finished feeder cattle are usually sold direct to buyers and abattoirs, though that very much depends on what the saleyards competition is like!
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