Breeding Philosophy

Consistency is bred into everything we do.

 

Our Program

Clunie Range Angus Stud is owned and operated by the Guest Family with breeding headquarters located at ‘Springfield’ Wallangra New South Wales while also having a breeding operation at ‘Loch Craig, Taroom Queensland.

The Guest Family are fourth generation breeders and have been breeding Angus cattle long before they became the dominant breed. Focusing on the traditional traits that the breed has been renowned for, functional, easy-doing, fertile with good temperament.

The strong commercial focus that founded the stud is still a critical component of the operation today. background that has involved retained ownership of steers and heifers fed for high quality export markets has formed part of an intrinsic understanding of the genetics used. Our herd enjoys a reputation for carcass quality and a heavy involvement in all areas of the beef production chain have seen Clunie Range cattle performing consistently with runs on the board.

There is genuine passion and belief in what we do and how we do it.

We have strong loyal support from a high percentage of repeat buyers and sell a large number of bulls all around north west new south wales and all over Queensland to places like Richmond, Cloncurry, Hughenden as far as Tasmania and Western Australia – We know our cattle perform.

Clunie Range cattle are referred to as being ‘made of touch stuff’ which is a reflection of our breeding program. Our cow herd has always worked for us rather than the other way around. With fertility being the biggest contributor to profitability, for generations we have semen tested and semen morphology tested all of our bulls. This combined with ensuring that the cow herd falls pregnant under high stocking rates means that we along with our clients can now reap the rewards for the focus on fertility over so many generations!!

 

 

 Continuing to Focus on Carcass Quality

  • Proven track record of producing lines of high value carcases;
  • Proven track record of consistency;
  • Understanding of the relationship between the live animal and resultant carcase quality;
  • Databank of feedlot performance and carcase feedback;
  • Retained ownership;
  • Branded Beef Programs;
  • Market versatility.

Carcass quality of our herd is something we feel passionately about. Here at Clunie Range we have a history steeped in branded beef programs, retained ownership and heavy involvement within all areas of the Beef production chain which has seen a large bank of carcase feedlot performance data related directly to our sire lines.

  

Testimonials … Don’t just take it from us!

“Bindaree Beef Group have a number of key quality beef brands highly recognised in both domestic and international meat markets. We have had a long association with Clunie Range Angus and their clients. We acknowledge the quality of the cattle and the high levels of marbling regularly obtained.” – Andrew McDonald, CEO Bindaree Beef Group 

“We processed Clunie Range cattle exclusively for many years, and built a client base that appreciated the consistency in quality, high levels of marbling and yield through the boning room” – Jason Kim, Korean Meat Importer

 

Golden Angus

Our balanced breeding program we think places herds like Clunie Range in a very strong position moving into the future.

We have sufficient size to make genetic progress quickly and having a commercial herd run side by side with the stud cattle allows us to see those genetics perform on grass, in the feedlot and also on the hook.

Our commercial cattle are also single sire joined and individually identified and while we don’t routinely collect birthweights on the commercial cattle we do record birthdates and sire and dam info. Through Our commercial herd we have been able to build a huge databank of data that allows us to fine tune our breeding selection.

Also our association with the Golden Angus brand has allowed us a unique opportunity to follow large numbers of steers through the feedlot, and have been able to follow these steers on an individual basis and collect birth to feedlot entry performance, feedlot performance, and carcase data including, EMA, Marble score and meat fat colour etc all related to individual animals. Our experience has allowed us to actually do what most seedstock producers talk about or would like
to do.

We run relatively large synchronised AI programs and use mostly yearling bulls as back-up bulls. We have been hit hard in our area with extensive drought years and as a result of our operation being basically a commercial herd we have had some impact on our AI and ET results.