Our home, Willandra, is a 1700 hectare property in the Williams Shire and is approximately 145km south east of Perth, Western Australia. The farm receives an average annual rainfall of 500mm and is in a mixed farming region where both livestock and cropping enterprises are strongly represented. We are a fourth generation family owned and operated farm business, specializing in breeding high quality stud Simmental and Red Angus cattle.
The beef enterprise at Willandra consists of approximately 180 stud Simmental breeding females, 130 stud Red Angus breeding females and 440 Simmental/Red Angus cross commercial breeders. Approximately 280ha of oats are grown annually, mainly for hay production to supplementary feed cattle on Willandra when pastures are inadequate, particularly through late summer to early winter.
Commercial calves are weaned at 7-9 months of age at an average live weight of 300kg or better. These calves are then sold on to a local feedlot, where they are fed for 70 to 90 days to achieve carcase weights upward of 250kg for the domestic market. Our commercial herd provides us with the perfect platform to test the genetics of our stud Simmental and Red Angus herds which ensures that out our bull buying clients are getting the genetics required to improve the profitability of their beef herds.
The main event and highlight of the year for our stud enterprise is our annual on-property bull sale which is held in February. All sale bulls are rising two year olds of the highest quality and are guaranteed for fertility, temperament and structural soundness.
Charles has been a diligent supporter of the Simmental breed for over 41 years. He served on the Simmental Association’s W.A. State Council from 1972 to 2013 and served on the Australian Council from 1994 -2007, including a three year term as Australian president. His extensive experience in breeding and judging Simmentals coupled with his contributions to development of the breed and the association were recognised when he was awarded life membership to Simmental Australia and the WSFF Golden Book Award.