THIS poll Hereford herd was started by the Meikle family in 1950 with David Meikle, the third generation to manage this stud.
Over this time, they have bred an animal suited to meet their client’s needs across Gippsland.
This is very much a grass-fed operation, managed along commercial lines.
All cows are required to produce a calf per year and all bulls have to perform on grass or be culled.
The Meikle also produce grass fattened steers as part of their enterprise, with steers regularly entered into the Farm World steer trials.
“Performance recording is an important management tool for us,” comments David Meikle as he points out that all cattle in the herd are performance recorded and the sale bulls will have their weights and eye muscle scans available for Beef Week visitors.
“I consider our Beef Week open day as the start of our bull selling season for each new crop of bulls,” says David.
“They will have been fertility tested and vaccinated against Pesti Virus, Vibriosis and the usual 7in1 vaccine. We try to maximise the performance of these for the purchaser.”
Also on display will be next year’s bull crop as calves at foot and their mothers, unjoined stud and commercial heifers.
Plus, stud sires Ravensdale King Pin, Mount Difficult Kenneth and Tarwin Millhouse.
The sale bulls will include the first sons from King Pin and Millhouse. Other sires being used include Koanui Techno (AI), with Wirruna Nolan and Wirruna Lamond.
David’s final comment: “We enjoy the day as a chance to show off the herd to visitors and to catch up with friends and clients to discuss our breeding program and future directions.”
The open day is on Saturday, February 1. They’re on Parrys Road, Meeniyan. Signs will be posted.
For more information, call David on 0429 800 756.
Tarwin Poll Herefords’ open day