Hereford brand takes eating beef back to the grass roots
The herd was originally established as the Lark Rise Hereford stud in the mid 1960s on Ardno and South Boorook blood near Melbourne, then relocated to Holbrook in 1969 and deregistered in the late 1980s.
The herd has always been commercially focused. Stud founders, Barbara and Gordon Shaw Senior, a general practitioner, both took a keen interest in solving dystocia or calving difficulties in heifers.
Gordon applied his knowledge of obstetrics in humans to cattle and developed calipers to measure the pelvic tunnel, culling heifers on below average pelvic measurements.
Mr Shaw’s papers are still considered the seminal work on dystocia in cattle. He found the trait was highly heritable and the Wantagong herd remains easy calving to this day.