History Of Eungella Shorthorns
Stephen is the fourth generation on his family farm in Deer Vale, which is situated on the magnificent Dorrigo Plateau, located on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales in Australia. Steve has been breeding Shorthorn cattle for over 18 years.
He was selected as the Shorthorn Ambassador to the USA and Canada in 2003, touring properties and promoting Australian Shorthorns.
Whilst overseas, Steve was able to source top genetics and see the animals first hand in the paddock and imported embryos to use in our own herd. One of the sires being the highly accredited CHS Royalty and the dams being of top genetics from Canada and Northern America. One of the embryos is now our leading stud sire Eungella Deervale Royalty
We take great pride in breeding our Shorthorns. We have sourced the best genetics from Australia, America & Canada, utilising these have given us a wider genetic gain. We breed bulls aimed at the commercial cattlemen, which are of moderate frame to meet all market requirements.
Our cattle are run in a very tight commercial environment, where every cow must produce a calf every year and each is classed on the performance of its progeny. We have the following criteria; fertility, weight for age, soundness, constitution, docility, calving ease, eating quality, good udders, mothering and meat yield, all of which the Shorthorn breed is renowed for. We breed for high marbling and the ability to lay down an even fat cover.
We select our stud bulls by balanced EBV's, plenty of growth, small-moderate birth, lots of milk, good EMA & IMF, excellent temperament, along with muscle & fleshing ability. Our paddock bulls are not put in a paddock with a self feeder which enables them to forage for food. All the bulls have been tested negative for Pesti virus & have been vaccinated with 7in1, Vibrovax & Pestiguard, along with being semen tested.
In our breeding program we have also incorparated F1 Shorthorn Charolais cattle.