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There are 23 different cow families in the current breeding program at Glengowan and all were founded in the early days of the stud so we have been extremely selective about what genetics we add to these heritage lines. The progeny of the Turihaua heifer will begin only the third new cow line introduced here since the 1960s. She will join the new ‘Valentina’ line from Highlander of Stern and the ‘Hingaia’ line from 469, both from embryos purchased from Ross Thompson’s Millah Murrah stud in 2009.

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Milbrae Homestead was built for Sandra’s great uncle in the 1920’s and is located just across the creek from Glengowan. Surrounded by paddocks full of Angus cattle, Milbrae has an acre of garden to roam in, and many activities for all the family such as the amazing Abercrombie Caves, wine tasting, award winning restaurants, historic villages and outdoor activities. Recently restored, Milbrae is special because it gives us a wonderful sense of how country life used to be, with all the character and charm of the Federation era including open fireplaces, polished floors and ornate ceilings. All the essential modern comforts of heating, electric blankets, microwave, BBQ, dishwasher, washer, dryer, DVD etc are also provided. There are four bedrooms, three bathrooms, formal sitting and dining rooms, a library and a fun-filled games room.

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As we find every year, there was a great diversity in the bulls on offer and once again there was one bull which stood out for everyone. This year that bull was Kaharau 844, who achieved a whopping $47000 on sale day with most of the major NZ breeders doing their best to secure him. As auctioneer Bruce Orr said, “The most important day in your breeding program is the day you buy your genetics”.

We would like to thank Mr John Bayly, purchaser of 844 for allowing Glengowan to purchase the Australian semen rights. Photos and information about this outstanding sire will be available at our open day.

Thanks too to all our friends in NZ who always make us, ‘The Aussies’ feel welcome. Special thanks to Roger Keach of PGG Wrightson who knows the business of cattle in NZ like the back of his hand and whose help is always invaluable.