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ABOUT YARRAWONGA

How it started

Yarrawonga Santa Gertrudis, Wallumbilla, Queensland (Stud No: 28) was founded by the late David and Mary Bassingthwaighte in 1956. Dave Bassingthwaighte laid the foundations of the now world-famous prefix, Yarrawonga by introducing Brahmans into Shorthorn females.

The foundation sire was King Ranch Associate soon followed by Risdon Banjo. A few short years latter Dave Bassingthwaighte drew Muldoon Station and the Bassingthwaighte family staged the inaugural sale at the Wallumbilla yards where 34 first-cross bulls were sold.

Alastair inspecting the 2022 sale draft at Yarrawonga Cattle Co

Alastair Bassingthwaighte inspecting the 2022 sale draft

Alastair Bassingthwaighte drew Waco just 95kms from Yarrawonga where that prefix was formed. Shortly after marrying Louise the couple set about enhancing their stud with sires like the $27,000 King Ranch Poseidon and the $23,000 Pampoola K141. Another milestone was created when Dave and Alastair Bassingthwaighte purchased the immortal, Elgin Downs A25.

After Dave and Mary Bassingthwaighte retired to Brisbane the two studs were managed by Alastair and Louise.

During the beef depression the family purchased Kiah in the Taroom district that neighbours Waco. The studs continued to evolve and make headlines in both show and sale arenas. Two years in succession, Elgin Downs A25 was named Santa Gertrudis Sire of The Year with Alastair and Louise undertaking extensive overseas trips to familiarise themselves with global breeding trends.  The 1988 Yarrawonga and Waco Sale created history being the first Santa Gertrudis Sale to gross over $1M. The next year, at the 1989 Anniversary Sale, Yarrawonga Zupert sold for the then breed record of $70,000. Soon international attention came the way of the studs when Yarrawonga Xmas took out the World Championship Trophy at the World Santa Gertrudis Congress, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Andrew and Fiona and their three children now operate and run the Yarrawonga stud. The couple also operate grazing interests on Stockade, Tambo and Lennox Station, Jericho along with Dulacca West, Jackson which is utilised for the production of fodder (hay and silage).

Alastair inspecting the 2022 sale draft at Yarrawonga Cattle Co

Alastair Bassingthwaighte inspecting the 2022 sale draft

Alastair Bassingthwaighte drew Waco just 95kms from Yarrawonga where that prefix was formed. Shortly after marrying Louise the couple set about enhancing their stud with sires like the $27,000 King Ranch Poseidon and the $23,000 Pampoola K141. Another milestone was created when Dave and Alastair Bassingthwaighte purchased the immortal, Elgin Downs A25. After Dave and Mary Bassingthwaighte retired to Brisbane the two studs were managed by Alastair and Louise.

During the beef depression the family purchased Kiah in the Taroom district that neighbours Waco. The studs continued to evolve and make headlines in both show and sale arenas. Two years in succession, Elgin Downs A25 was named Santa Gertrudis Sire of The Year with Alastair and Louise undertaking extensive overseas trips to familiarise themselves with global breeding trends.  The 1988 Yarrawonga and Waco Sale created history being the first Santa Gertrudis Sale to gross over $1M. The next year, at the 1989 Anniversary Sale, Yarrawonga Zupert sold for the then breed record of $70,000. Soon international attention came the way of the studs when Yarrawonga Xmas took out the World Championship Trophy at the World Santa Gertrudis Congress, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Andrew and Fiona and their three children now operate and run the Yarrawonga stud. The couple also operate grazing interests on Stockade, Tambo and Lennox Station, Jericho along with Dulacca West, Jackson which is utilised for the production of fodder (hay and silage).

Properties

Located south of Wallumbilla, Yarrawonga is the home block, along with the recent addition of neighbouring property, Yamboyna.  Yarrawonga is complete with a fully operational bull selling complex and hosts the annual September bull sale.  Paddock bulls are available for inspection and sale all year-round.

Yarrawonga is our weaner depot where our weaners are educated and finished with grain assistance to prepare them for their relevant markets.

Enquire about our paddock sales HERE.  View our upcoming Bull Sale information HERE.

Situated 95km from Yarrawonga between Roma and Taroom, Waco has been in the Bassingthwaighte family for many years and was drawn by Alistair as a ballot block.  Manager Scott Otto and family reside here overseeing the running of our stud breeders

View our current stud sires HERE

Located west of Jackson, Dulacca West has 1000ha of cultivation of which 162ha is under irrigation.  

This provides our operation reliable silage and hay production to utilise within our feeding rations for preparing weaners and for our sale bulls. 

IVF recipient cows are situated at Dulacca West where they are under the watchful eye of assistant manager Ian Cooper.

Purchased in the early 2000’s and situated southeast of Tambo, Stockade, along with long time manager Richard Still, runs our a commercial herd and more recently, a selection of Stud breeders.  The Stockade weaners are grown out with the males returning to Yarrawonga for selection in the annual bull sale and year-round paddock sales

The purchase of Lennox, near Jericho, in 2020 allowed the expansion of our commercial herd.  Manger Ben Williamson, along with wife Georgie are overseeing the Lennox commercial operation that currently runs brahmans.  This herd will, overtime, be converted to a full Santa Gertrudis herd.

The Yarrawonga Santa Gertrudis genetics are bred to withstand conditions Australia wide.  The below map outlines our property locations and the destinations of the bulls over time. Click to enlarge graphic.

Our History

With a strong and rich history extending more than 65 years, there’s no wonder Yarrawonga Santa Gertrudis is a household name, nation wide.  Here’s a snippet of some landmark times in our history which has made Yarrawonga Cattle Co what it is today.

1950 - 1960
Newspaper advert of Yarrawonga's first bull sale in 1959
1950's

Dave Bassingthwaighte lays the foundations of the stud and introduces Brahmans into Shorthorn females. The first Santa Gertrudis bull (KRAR Associate) purchased for 800 guineas enters the herd followed by Risdon Banjo purchased at the King Ranch Sale.

Late in the decade, Dave Bassingthwaighte draws the 13,634ha, Muldoon Station north of Mungallala. At the same time, the family stages its first Yarrawonga Sale, in the Wallumbilla yards where 34 first-cross bulls averaged 212 guineas selling to a top of 405 guineas

1960 - 1970
Alastair Bassingthwaighte with his tent living at Waco in the early days
1960's
Alastair Bassingthwaighte draws the 4371ha Brigalow block, Waco just 95kms from Yarrawonga. This was a significant milestone as it was in close proximity to Yarrawonga and lent itself to a stud cattle operation. The name Waco was chosen for the property and the prefix for the Taroom district property and Alastair moved into his tent ‘homestead’ and began clearing Brigalow.
1970 - 1980
Alastair with David and Wendy riding bull Waco Keyman in 1976
1970's

Alastair marries Louise Cameron and they set up the newly formed Waco Stud. In this period, the operations commenced purchasing top line sires like the $27,000 King Ranch Poseidon and the $23,000 Pampoola K141. Another important selection was the purchase of the immortal, Elgin Downs A25 by Dave and Alastair Bassingthwaighte.

During this period of great change Dave and Mary retired to Brisbane and the two studs were then managed by Alastair and Louise.

Alastair and Louise welcomed their three children, Wendy, David and Andrew into the world, all born within three years.  This decade saw the beef depression where many descriptions of livestock were worthless. Even in these lean times the Yarrawonga and Waco cattle were still able to be sold. To give you an idea, in the depression time 140 bulls grossed $379,850 for an average of $2,713. Showing faith in the industry the family purchased the Taroom district aggregation, ‘Kiah’, neighbouring ‘Waco’.

1980 - 1990
Yarrawonga Zupert
1980's

Huge steps were taken in the profiles of the two studs in both the show and sale arenas.

For two years in succession Elgin Downs A25 was named Santa Gertrudis Sire of The Year.

Alastair and Louise undertook overseas trips to familiarise themselves with global breeding trends.

With the effects of the beef depression well and truly behind the industry and recovery evident in many sectors, the 1988 annual Yarrawonga and Waco bull sale broke through the $1 million barrier, a first for an Australian Santa Gertrudis Breeder.

Breed stalwart and founder, David Bassingthwaighte passes away at age 76.

Further breed confidence was highly apparent when at the 1989 anniversary sale, Yarrawonga Zupert sells for the then breed record $70,000.

1990 - 2000
Yarrawonga Xmas
1990's

Bold moves were undertaken in the early part of the decade and international attention swung the way of the two prefixes when Yarrawonga Xmas collected the World Championship Trophy at the World Santa Gertrudis Congress, Johannesburg, South Africa.

During this decade two of the children, Wendy and David both married.  


Wendy married Scott Ferguson and made ‘Glenview’ Nobby their home and at the latter stage of the decade and early years of the next, welcomed their children, Phoebe, Sophie and Lilly.

David married Suzanne Nobbs and settled at 'Kiah' Taroom. Olivia was born in the last year of this decade followed very closely by 4 siblings, Howy, Tom and twins, Drew and Pip in the early 2000s. 

2000 - 2020
Fiona and Andrew Bassingthwaighte
2000's

Confidence in the operations seedstock continued to climb.

At the 2001 sale 184 bulls plus two semen packages grossed $1,223,000 to average $6,575.

In 2008, Andrew married Fiona Edwards and settled at ‘Yarrawonga’ Wallumbilla.  Andrew and Fiona assume the running of the Yarrawonga stud.

The Yarrawonga stud cows are run on properties ‘Waco’, Taroom and ‘Stockade’, Tambo. ‘Dulacca West’ Jackson is utilised for the growing of forage for hay and silage.

This decade also saw Andrew and Fiona welcome their three children, Addison, Jack and Raffaelle. In 2020 the purchase of ‘Lennox Station’ Jericho was purchased to further expand the commercial operation.

1950 - 1960
1950's
Newspaper advert of Yarrawonga's first bull sale in 1959

Dave Bassingthwaighte lays the foundations of the stud and introduces Brahmans into Shorthorn females. The first Santa Gertrudis bull (KRAR Associate) purchased for 800 guineas enters the herd followed by Risdon Banjo purchased at the King Ranch Sale.

Late in the decade Dave Bassingthwaighte draws the 13,634ha, Muldoon Station north of Mungallala. At the same time the family stages its first Yarrawonga Sale, in the Wallumbilla yards where 34 first-cross bulls averaged 212 guineas selling to a top of 405 guineas

1960 - 1970
1960's
Alastair Bassingthwaighte with his tent living at Waco in the early days
Alastair Bassingthwaighte draws the 4371ha Brigalow block, Waco just 95kms from Yarrawonga. This was a significant milestone as it was in close proximity to Yarrawonga and lent itself to a stud cattle operation. The name Waco was chosen for the property and the prefix for the Taroom district property and Alastair moved into his tent ‘homestead’ and began clearing Brigalow.
1970 - 1980
1970's
Alastair with David and Wendy riding bull Waco Keyman in 1976

Alastair marries Louise Cameron and they set up the newly formed Waco Stud. In this period, the operations commenced purchasing top line sires like the $27,000 King Ranch Poseidon and the $23,000 Pampoola K141. Another important selection was the purchase of the immortal, Elgin Downs A25 by Dave and Alastair Bassingthwaighte.

During this period of great change Dave and Mary retired to Brisbane and the two studs were then managed by Alastair and Louise.

Alastair and Louise welcomed their three children, Wendy, David and Andrew into the world, all born within three years.  This decade saw the beef depression where many descriptions of livestock were worthless. Even in these lean times the Yarrawonga and Waco cattle were still able to be sold. To give you an idea, in the depression time 140 bulls grossed $379,850 for an average of $2,713. Showing faith in the industry the family purchased the Taroom district aggregation, ‘Kiah’, neighbouring ‘Waco’.

1980 - 1990
1980's
Yarrawonga Zupert

Huge steps were taken in the profiles of the two studs in both the show and sale arenas.

For two years in succession Elgin Downs A25 was named Santa Gertrudis Sire of The Year.

Alastair and Louise undertook overseas trips to familiarise themselves with global breeding trends.

With the effects of the beef depression well and truly behind the industry and recovery evident in many sectors, the 1988 annual Yarrawonga and Waco bull sale broke through the $1 million barrier, a first for an Australian Santa Gertrudis Breeder.

Breed stalwart and founder, David Bassingthwaighte passes away at age 76.

Further breed confidence was highly apparent when at the 1989 anniversary sale, Yarrawonga Zupert sells for the then breed record $70,000.

1990 - 2000
1990's
Yarrawonga Xmas

Bold moves were undertaken in the early part of the decade and international attention swung the way of the two prefixes when Yarrawonga Xmas collected the World Championship Trophy at the World Santa Gertrudis Congress, Johannesburg, South Africa.

During this decade two of the children, Wendy and David both married.  


Wendy married Scott Ferguson and made ‘Glenview’ Nobby their home and at the latter stage of the decade and early years of the next, welcomed their children, Phoebe, Sophie and Lilly.

David married Suzanne Nobbs and settled at 'Kiah' Taroom. Olivia was born in the last year of this decade followed very closely by 4 siblings, Howy, Tom and twins, Drew and Pip in the early 2000s. 

2000 - 2020
2000's
Fiona and Andrew Bassingthwaighte

Confidence in the operations seedstock continued to climb.

At the 2001 sale 184 bulls plus two semen packages grossed $1,223,000 to average $6,575.

In 2008, Andrew married Fiona Edwards and settled at ‘Yarrawonga’ Wallumbilla.  Andrew and Fiona assume the running of the Yarrawonga stud.

The Yarrawonga stud cows are run on properties ‘Waco’, Taroom and ‘Stockade’, Tambo. ‘Dulacca West’ Jackson is utilised for the growing of forage for hay and silage.

This decade also saw Andrew and Fiona welcome their three children, Addison, Jack and Raffaelle. In 2020 the purchase of ‘Lennox Station’ Jericho was purchased to further expand the commercial operation.

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