Originally ‘Glenwarrah’ was the name given to Steve’s A.I.S. stud, chosen by Steve and his mother Joyce Collins, combining the two cultures Scottish and aboriginal with ‘glen’ meaning water and ‘warrah’ place of honey, for their Tamworth dairying property.
The hereford stud herd of ‘Glenwarrah’ was established 40 years ago by Steve, whose background came from dairying and a commercial crossbreeding beef operation at Tamworth. The first stud cows were purchased from Strathleigh Herefords, these cows were mainly by the successful breeding bull Devon Court Coronet 22 with calves at foot by Tummel Jubilee 10.
In the early stages females were purchased from South Boorook, Yarram Park, Invernaion, Clerkness and Cootharaba. In the mid 80’s a large number of cows were added from the dispersal of the Iolanthe herd. The renowned Satisfaction family came from two cows in this purchase. Over the early years there were other cows purchased at dispersals, the best of these was a Devon Court heifer from the Lioness family, this family has gone on to be a dominate family for us.
Glenwarrah was a prominent exhibitor at ‘Glen Innes Show and Sale’ for many years, where the stud had great success achieving the ‘Champion Pen of Three Bulls and the Truck Load of Bulls’ on two occasions, as well as winning Grand Champion Bull of the sale and topping the sale several times. After Glen Innes the stud combined to sell with Stannum Herefords at Casino and later at Tenterfield. We decided to move our sale back to the family property “Brooksby” at Bundarra, where we conduct the sale in July every year.
Over the years the stud has shown at many agricultural shows including Sydney and Brisbane Royal Shows winning many awards ending with the Champion Bull ‘Glenwarrah Moree’ at the 2007 Sydney Royal.
Steve and Leanne purchased ‘Brooksby’ in 1998, including a strong herd of 250 commercial angus cows. When we moved our hereford sale back to Brooksby we decided to include some Angus bulls in the sale which led to the establishment of ‘Brooksby Angus’. The first purchase of stud cows were from Hopetoun Park, these cows were mainly the result from flushes of elite cows by proven sires. More females were added from the dispersals of Tucklan Valley with further purchases from Kenny’s Creek, Wattletop, Bulliac, Fairvale and Glenlachie. Of these females some dominant cow families are appearing. We are now selling 20 – 25 Angus bulls along with 45 Hereford bulls in the on property sale in July and around 35 low birth weight yearling bulls at the Armidale Saleyards in late September.
We continue to maintain our philosophy of breeding moderate frame, easy doing, well muscled cattle with an emphasis on females with milk and good udders.