Hazeldean Angus is part of Hazeldean Pty Ltd, a pastoral enterprise owned
and operated by the Litchfield family since 1865. It is one of the largest
Angus seedstock operations in Australia, selling over 400 bulls throughout
Australia each year.
The company has breeding and grow out centres located on company owned properties in New South Wales, in the Monaro District in the harsh and frosty foothills of the Snowy Mountains, and in the Southern Riverina District where the rainfall is low, temperatures in summer are high and winters are cold.
In 2008, Hazeldean Angus established a joint venture in South Australia with Guy and Sarah Cunningham. A herd of 200 Hazeldean females selected by Guy and Jim was despatched to their property Gumbowie at Willalooka in order to breed the sale bulls and future breeders for South Australia. The cow herd now numbers over 300 and the Hazeldean SA bull sale continues to grow, held and operated by the Cunninghams at Gumbowie in mid-February.
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Hazeldean also holds an annual bull sale at Jackson, in Queensland, now close to it's 20th year, the first being held in 1994. For many years Hazeldean owned the well-known property Myall Plains near St, George, and now continues their commitment to supplying high performance angus and senegus bulls to northern producers at the Hazeldean Northern Performance Bull Sale in mid-August each year, now the largest sale of the year, selling around 200 bulls.
Hazeldean uses the best and most profitable genetics available worldwide and leads the breed in innovation and breeding technology.
Hazeldean Angus was founded in 1927 with the purchase of purebred commercial
Angus females. The registered herd was established in 1952 with the importation
of in calf heifers from six New Zealand studs. At the same time as the
registered females were purchased, the very best of Hazeldean's commercial cows
were upgraded to the bull producing unit and pedigrees recorded. Since that
time Hazeldean has provided the beef industry with large numbers of high
quality, high performing stud and commercial Angus bulls.
In 1960 Hazeldean was one of the first beef herds in the world to embrace the concept of Performance Testing. By using measured weight gain for selection, the stud made much faster progress. Selection on measured gain remains a cornerstone of the stud today.
Today the stud uses all available means to maximise the rate of genetic gain. Each year a large Artificial Insemination (AI) and Embryo Transfer (ET) programme is undertaken using the breeds most proven, progeny tested sires.