Young Lowline calf, cute fluffy ears and long eye lashes!
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Vitulus Versace

It all started with one black cow with a red ear tag....

An old cow named Yollee...

Our first stud cow, gifted to us by my parents when we bought our property, was named "Yollee".   Yollee, a grand old dame, was purchased along with a few other head of cattle but had a unique red ear tag marked with Vitulus GOZV009 and this is where our cow story started :)

After a bit of googling and phoning around we found Yollee's original owner and breeder Margo Hayes of Vitulus Stud and this is how we became interested in this wonderful breed.  Yollee  ("Vitulus Versace") was registered with two stud societies - Ausline Cattle Association (now known as Australian Heritage Angus) and the Australian Lowline Cattle Association. 

There's a bit of history behind these two different cattle societies but they do share one common lineage - cattle include descendants of the Aberdeen Angus cattle imported into the Trangie Research Centre, in 1929, by the NSW Agricultural Department.   

These cattle breeds share common traits that are ideally suited to those new to cattle and with small acreage...

  • quiet and calm temperament

  • easily managed

  • easy calving & great maternal instinct

  • "nanny/babysitting" behaviour

  • perfect size - not too big

  • excellent grass converters

  • quality beef

Cattle in the paddock - early morning fog.
Yollee's 2019 Calf

Yollee is a testament to the longevity of the breed. 

Born in the year 2000...Yollee "retired" from breeding in 2019 after giving birth to a healthy heifer calf at the age of 19! 

She lived out her final years as our "therapy" cow providing training to our new stock and keeping the goats company in her TLC paddock.

At the age of 22  we decided that it was not fair to put her through another cold winter.  Yollee is remembered with much fondness. and her paddock remains known as "Yollee's Yard".

Photo to the left is Yollee's last calf born 07/12/2019.

10/01/2000 - 18/06/2022


Heritage Angus Cow and Calf at foot.

australian heritage angus

  • Moderate frame size.

  • Docile.

  • Hybrid Vigour.

  • Beef qualities - Angus Genetics.

  • Polled.

  • Breeding up encouraged.

Australian Heritage Angus cattle are cattle that have strong traceable roots to the original Scottish Aberdeen Angus. Four sources of genetics have been identified. Trangie descended cattle, Irish and Scottish native bred Angus Cattle, the closed herd of Pinebank Angus in NZ, and Aberdeen Angus cattle that have not had any American Angus influence since 1968.

For more info check out the AHA website.

Lowline steers - grass fed.

AUSTRALIAN lowline cattle

  • Compact Breed

  • Docile

  • Low birth weight.

  • Mature Early.

  • Excellent feed efficiency.

  • Polled.

  • Closed herdbook.

These cattle are descendants of the Aberdeen Angus cattle imported into the Trangie Research Centre, in 1929, by the NSW Agricultural Department.  From 1974 the herd remained closed, with all replacement bulls and heifers coming from within the herd. 

For more info check out the ALCA website.

British white calf - white body with black points - ears, nose and eyes.

british white cattle

  • Moderate Body Size

  • Docile & Gentle

  • Resilient & Hardy

  • Beef & Mlik

  • Naturally Polled

  • Breeding up encouraged.

The British White is considered as a rare breed and one of the oldest breeds of cattle native to Britain, bought to Australia in the 1950s.  They are on the Rare Breed Trust critical list in Australia and on the watch list of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust in the UK.

For more info check out the BW website.

Calf with speckle park colouring.


I won't sugar coat it...I like their colours...calves that look like teddy bears are cute to look at...

But these are not speckle park cattle...they are just cattle with "park" colouring and that is one trait that BW bulls do pass on quite strongly when crossing them over other breeds.

Where did the "Park" colour of Speckle Park come from???  From British Whites of course!

Check out the history of Speckle Park  and see if you can pick out the reference to British Whites...


things I have learned from my cattle

Heritage Angus Bull eating a strawberry.

size does matter

  • Too small and you can't get a decent price for your stock as they don't reach minimum finish weight.

  • Too big and your small acreage can't support the numbers you need to make a return.

Moderate frame size is perfect for small acreage producers.  Feed efficiency is at its best - number of head you can run vs the amount of feed they need to finish is in this goldilocks space.  Moreover in recent times health advice is steering us away from trying to consume a T-Bone the size of a dinner why grow out an animal that is going to produce a cut of meat that will be oversized for most consumers? 

Effective productivity and efficiency no longer equals "make it bigger"...we need to be looking for the goldilocks size where balance is the keyword.

The AHA bull pictured above...really enjoys strawberries!  Vitulus Has To Be Red - beautiful temperament, good size (750kg /127cm).

Lowline cow with lowline calf.

temperament breeds true

  • Calm, quiet cattle are a pleasure to work with and a joy to have in the paddock.

  • Temperament has both genetic and environmental influences.

  • A flighty cow will generally produce a flighty calf.

For me, selection of breeding stock always has temperament at the forefront.  No-one wants an animal that is highly strung and difficult to manage.  Beef quality is also adversely affected by high stress levels.

I highly recommend reading the Cattle Handling books written by Temple Grandin.  Her insight is amazing and has helped me to understand why we do things in a certain way and why they work (or don't).

Cows in a green grassy paddock.

the grass is not always greener...

  • Feed conversion is important and means the difference between your cattle looking OK in tough times or looking like the walking dead.

  • Different breeds of cattle do better off grass alone...and some breeds have had the pendulum swung the other way towards feedlot and grain feeding to enable them to finish to the desired standard.  

  • The breeds I have chosen all are "good doers".  They seem to find enough in the grass regardless of how good (or bad) the season is and maintain their condition.

  • Breed societies put this aspect down to their "Heritage" origins.

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