Our family farm, Barana, is located north of Coolah on the north west slopes of New South Wales where I have operated our 2300 acre [940 hectare] cropping & beef cattle enterprise since 1980. The stud, Barana Simmentals, was established in 1980 & is well known & respected in the stud beef cattle industry in Australia. I began showing at major Royal Shows in 1986 and ceased in 2001 after 15 years exhibiting & achieving success at all major shows.
In August, 2001, we held our Inaugural On-Property Simmental Bull Sale which was a success & continues to go from strength to strength. The Barana sale is the premier Simmental sale in eastern Australia with the largest offering of purebred Simmental bulls by a single vendor. We have continuing sales nationwide of 50-60 bulls annually with many repeat buyers. I have worked hard over 36 years breeding Simmentals to secure Barana’s reputation with both commercial & stud cattle producers throughout Australia.
We have hosted educational/information days at Barana for both adult tour groups and students, which focus on both the cattle breeding & cropping enterprises. Barana also participates in the annual Northern Beef Week Open Days held here in June. I have also been a speaker at beef cattle workshops & served on the State Council of the Australian Simmental Breeders Association.
In recent years I was extensively involved with the Coolah Central School through their cattle programme. Barana Simmentals provided our cattle for the school to enable the students to compete in show ring & carcase competitions. The Cattle Team was a proven success & represented the school with pride at Royal Shows in Brisbane, Sydney & Melbourne & many other local events.
In the past, I have judged at Perth Royal, 1987 & 2007, Sydney Royal, 1996, 2003 & 2011, the 2001 Beef Expo in New Zealand, Canberra Royal 2005, the National Beef Show held in Bendigo in 2008, Qld RNA Ekka in Brisbane in 2012 as well as Feature Shows in NSW, Queensland & Victoria, the Red Angus National Show & Sale in Dubbo, major shows in Toowoomba, Bathurst, Dubbo & Tamworth and numerous smaller country shows.
I am married to Charmaine and we have two children Maddie and Campbell.