The name Tibooburra is synonymously associated with Angus in Australia. It was originally founded by Vivienne and Laurie Kerr in 1968 and is set on 2500 acres of pristine land located in Hoddles Creek, only 1hr drive east of Melbourne. Before long, Tibooburra’s Angus herd ranked among Australia’s best, culminating in Tibooburra becoming the first Angus operation to win the Dalgety Commercial Herd of the Year (1979) and the property being selected as a host farm for the 1997 World Angus Forum.
In years gone by Tibooburra's reputation was built around top sires including Super Play, Te Mania Uranium, Yankee and Brost Trump, and esteemed females including Blackcap and Silveiras Elaine. Their progeny were renowned for their superior weight gain, calm temperament and excellent marbling. Progeny from USA import Brost Trump excelled in the 2006 Group Breedplan EBV (estimated breeding survey) of Australia and New Zealand. Analysis of pedigree and performance data from the progeny of more than 43,000 sires showed that Trump was 1st in the 200 day and 600 day Growth Trait section, and 3rd in the 400 day Growth Trait category. Today, years after his death and with all the scientific progress of the modern time he still ranks in the top 1%.
Many of todays Angus studs have Tibooburra bloodlines running though them. Studs such as High Spa Angus, Aberdeen Angus, Irelands Angus, Granite Ridge Angus and many more have all based their breeding programs around Tibooburra bloodlines.
Brian Mobbs, from High Spa Angus in Daylesford, Victoria is convinced of the superior traits of Tibooburra's bloodlines. Mr Mobbs has purchased dozens of Trump progeny from Tibooburra over the years and has been carefully monitoring their performance - alongside progeny from other studs - at his property High Spa Angus.
Mr Mobbs bases his assessments on net intake tests, which chart the amount of mixed dry feed required for an animal to put on 1 kg of weight. According to Mr Mobbs, it's normal for a steer to require 6 kg of feed to put on 1 kg, whereas Trumps' descendants usually require only 4.5 kg of feed to put on 1 kg in condition.
"That's a one hundred dollar better calf than the next one," Mr Mobbs said. "They've been the leading performers; that's why we say Trump is the best."