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 a year through our auction sales in NSW, SA and QLD, as well as through our contract breeding programme. We invite you to inspect our herd at any of our locations.
The company's breeding centre is located on company owned properties in the Monaro District of New South Wales, in the rainshadow foothills of the Snowy Mountains. All our cattle are bred under commercial conditions and share their paddocks with sheep. The main breeding base located in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains has tough, cold winters with severe frosts, and the cattle “do it tough”. They are renowned for their hardiness and their ability to thrive. Having been bred in this climate, our females must be durable and able to withstand the elements whilst maintaining reproductive and growth performance.
Hazeldean cattle have earned a reputation over the past 60+ years, from commercial producers throughout Australia for
their superior fertility, calving ease, above average growth and carcase. The success of our clients is testament to our goal of maximising profits.
Hazeldean's core business is providing functional, profitable bulls to the commercial beef industry and this means first of all maximizing the number of pregnancies and the number of live calves hitting the ground, building on that base; rapid growth rates and, on top of that, superior carcase data. This is the basis of any successful breeding enterprise.
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. BREEDPLAN was launched officially at Hazeldean in 1980.
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.