Leichhardt adds to herd

29 Dec, 2000 03:01 PM

WA Droughtmaster stud Leichhardt has recently purchased 29 cows from the Waratah stud, Texas, Queensland. Leichhardt stud principal Tim Darcy, who runs the stud on Lyndon station, Carnarvon, said he had being on the lookout for quality Droughtmaster cows for some time. "We breed bulls predominantly for the pastoral region and are always looking to maintain the quality of the herd," he said. "I had a mate of mine in the east keep an eye out for any good breeding cows that came on the market and he saw these and bought them pretty much straight away." Tim said the Waratah stud had used a lot of Wingfield blood in their herd and the cows contained this bloodline. "The Wingfield bloodline is well regarded and is one of the leading bloodlines in Queensland, so we are pretty tickled to get hold of these cows," he said. Tim said the breeders ranged in age from one cow that was 13 years old down to heifers. "There are seven calves on the ground and the rest are about to calf," he said. "It is pretty hard to find a good number of quality cows that people are prepared to sell and apparently there were plenty of buyers keen to get hold of these so we are pretty happy to have got in first." These cows will be added to the Leichhardt herd of 400 registered stud and non-registered stud breeders. "We will fence off one section of the property where we will run the stud cows," Tim said. "This way we can really concentrate on building a quality herd." Tim also purchased two bulls with the females, one a commercial bull and the other a stud bull. "The stud bull is by Wingfield Prentice, which is a very renowned bull in Queensland," he said.


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