Ardcairnie Angus History and Background
The Ardcairnie 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 Kojonup area, having originally been settled around 1850. Successive owners over more than 50 years have run Angus cattle over its paddocks.
Foundation females for Ardcairnie came from Strathtay (Narrogin) and Moojepin (Katanning Angus studs. Over the years, bulls have been bought in to add diversity, most recently from Koojan Hills, Blackrock and Coonamble studs, as well as using AI sires from USA (which would have the largest gene pool of Angus in the world), Australia and New Zealand.
All the females in the herd are registered with the Angus Society of Australia, mostly in the Herd Book Register (HBR) with a very few in the Angus Performance Register (APR) and the Angus Commercial Register(ACR).
Ardcairnie embraced the use of Angus Group Breedplan from its early days giving Estimated Breeding Values and $Indexes for all animals. This objective data is valued, used to progress our breeding objectives, and to benchmark our cattle against the national herd. Breedplan gives our clients a tool to assist their selection of our sale animals.
However, structure and temperament are equally important issues in breeding selection. Jim constantly observes all our cattle and any with unacceptable structure or temperament are culled, usually direct to the abattoir, or through the saleyards but with the waybill / National Vendor Declaration clearly marked for slaughter only.
Jim & Pam McGregor
P: +61 8 98 310 401
M: +61 417 942 326
Our stud is located on Maybenup at 22327 Albany Highway just south of the town of Kojonup in the Great Southern of Western Australia, approximately 240kms south of Perth.