I first started breeding cattle when I was 5 years old. I had my own Jersey Stud, Keroma. I was the 5th generation on my father’s side. Due to the drought, in 2010 our family’s dairy farm closed down and we moved across into the Beef Cattle Industry.
In 2012 I started my Red Belted Galloway stud. I sold all my Jeseys and invested the money by buying a heifer called Bonnibelt Faith from Tony & Jo Kreher from Murray Bridge with the intention of taking her to the SA Junior Heifer Expo that year. This was my first year attending the Heifer Expo. I enjoyed my time staying at the Heifer Expo and learn a lot.
In 2013 I did not have the opportunity to go to the Heifer Expo as Faith was too old. Instead I took her to the Royal Adelaide Show with a bull calf at foot. I was extremely happy because Faith got first in her class then from there went on to be Senior Champion Belted Galloway Cow. It was a momentous occasion for me because I was now the fifth generation to get a Champion at the Royal Adelaide Show. With past generations gaining their awards with Jersey Cattle in the Dairy Section.
Then this year in 2014 as a result of selling Faith’s bull calf Baltimore Jimmy to the Milton family in Tasmania I was able to purchase another two heifers from Tony & Jo. I was glad he went to someone who could breed from him because my dad said, “He was going to turn him into a toilet mat.” I then trained these two heifers so they could attend the Heifer Expo this year. They also went to the Royal Adelaide Show this year with Bonnibelt Johannah getting first prize in the 12 to 18 month class.
I enjoy showing and breeding my Belted Galloway Cattle. I have a preference for Red Belted Galloways.
This is Bob my dog, I have had him since I was 1 year old. The picture on the right is of Baltimore Jimmy the day he left for Tasmania.
Jimmy at his new home in Tasmania & all grown up (Photo courtesy of the Milton Family)
Me (left) & Emmy (right) at Royal Adelaide Show 2014 with Johannah & Joharra