Raff Angus

Annual Bull Sale Monday 29th September 2014

 
Raff Angus     Andrew & Anna Raff
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"Mundibulanga"
Drillham QLD 4424

 

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Andrew Raff with his wife Anna and young family control all aspects of the business from sire selection and breeding decisions to the general ‘day to day’ cattle husbandry, farm management and record keeping. Anna, who is a Vet, is responsible for the AI and Animal Health duties as well as doing all the businesses financial work.


The founder David Raff and his wife Jill are still actively involved in providing full support to Andrew, Anna and their children Harry, Charlie, Georgina and Olivia.


HISTORY

The Raff Angus program began in 1965 when David Raff purchased four aged stud cows under the prefix ‘Warahgai’. After purchasing his first parcel of land and relocating the herd, it was decided to change the prefix to ‘Forres’, the property name.


In 1990 a commercial decision was made to sell the Forres stud and prefix. A few cows were retained that were owned by sons Robert and Andrew along with several share cows and embryos. After a short experiment with Red Angus the demand for us to continue to breed black bulls was driven by our commercial clients. From 1990, under the ‘Raff’ prefix the growth of the herd has been spectacular, driven entirely by bull demand and the Angus seed-stock breeding passion of David and son Andrew.


The challenge was to retain those inherent qualities of the breed while increasing frame size, growth and improve temperament. By utilizing every possible means available for measuring economically important traits David Raff became an innovator in adapting new technology to make rapid genetic gains in his goal to achieve genetic excellence.


Today, under the management of Andrew Raff and his family, Raff Angus continue to be at the leading edge of innovation with the adoption of genomics, HD50K for Angus, where traits are measured at birth by the DNA obtained from a hair follicle - a first for Angus in Australia.


Committed to innovation but driven by the commercial reality of cattle breeding the Raff Angus cattle today are unique in both type and genetics. By resisting using ‘trendy’ / ‘fashionable’ genetics Raff Angus are of outcross genetics to mainstream Australian Angus and boast more structural integrity, frame, growth and weight than traditional Angus.


“The success of our business can be contributed to the fact that in its 49 years its owners have been totally involved in all aspects of breeding Angus seed-stock. For the entire period almost 100% of the family income has been derived from Angus cattle. That’s why we are so passionate about our business.”


THE CATTLE

The Raff Angus herd comprises 500 registered cows. Cows calve at 2 years with about one third of the herd autumn calving and two thirds spring calving. 94% of all male calves born are sold as breeding bulls. Bulls are sold as yearlings at our annual on-porperty bull sale and by private treaty while surplus females are sold both privately and at on-property production sales. The owners are totally involved in all aspects of management and day-to-day operations.


THE PROPERTY

The Raff Angus herd is run on a 2,678 hectare (6,615 acres) aggregation made up of five adjoining properties. The first purchase ‘Mundibulanga’ is the business headquarters where all major activities are carried out. It is situated in the heart of some of the country's leading bull breeding and feedlot enterprises just 120 km east of Roma, home to the second largest cattle selling centre in the southern hemisphere.


The country comprises of self mulching Brigalow/Belah soils established with improved Bambatsi Grass and Medics combined with native Blue Grass. A large percentage of this open grazing land runs onto Iron Bark red ridge country. At 330 meters above sea level ‘Mundibulanga’ has a temperate climate with an average annual rainfall of 24 inches and temperatures ranging from a low of -5 degrees to a high of 45 degrees.

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