New TACE & ASBP Consultative Committees announced

September 19, 2018 11:58 am

Angus Australia has announced the composition of the Angus Sire Benchmarking Program and the Angus TACE Consultative Committees for the next 2-year term.

The consultative committees provide a mechanism to obtain structured feedback of ideas and suggestions from Angus Australia members.


The Angus Sire Benchmarking Program (ASBP) Consultative Committee has a purpose to provide guidance to the Angus Australia Board of Directors and management team in developing policies, strategies and plan related to ASBP.

The committee focusses on reviewing the overall operations and progress of the ASBP and, where required, provide recommendations to the Board.  They also provide feedback on ASBP related proposals for consideration by the Board.

Christian Duff, Strategic Projects Manager, is looking forward to working with committee over the next 2 years.

“It is great to see our returning committee members, as well as some new additions.  We look forward to working together with our committee and meeting the objectives of the ASBP program, which includes the expansion of the Angus reference population of hard-to-measure phenotypes and genotypes.” Mr Duff said.

The composition of the Angus Sire Benchmarking Program for the next 2-year term is as follows:

Brad Cavanagh – Bull Owner Representative, Hardhat Angus

Brad is the owner and manager of Hardhat Angus with properties at Dubbo and Harden, NSW.  Hardhat Angus has contributed 6 bulls in the ASBP over 4 cohorts.

Rodger Pryce – Bull Owner Representative, Brooklana Angus

Rodger is the owner of Brooklana Angus, located near Coffs Harbour, New South Wales.  Over the span of 4 cohorts, Rodger has had 6 bulls in the ASBP.

David Murray
David Murray – Bull Owner Representative, Kilburnie Angus

David is owner of Kilburnie Angus located near Walcha, NSW. The Kilburnie herd produces around 200 registered calves annually. Kilburnie have nominated 7 bulls in the ASBP since its inception.

Stephen Chase – Cow Herd Representative, Waitara Angus (Chair)

Stephen is owner and operator of Waitara Angus near Trangie, NSW.  Waitara has a commercial breeding herd of 350 cows.

Richard Puddicombe – Cow Herd Representative, Parwaway Pastoral Company

Richard is the Manager of the Paraway Pastoral property Burindi Station, located near Barraba NSW.  Paraway Pastoral has a commercial Angus herd of up to 500 cows.

Keith Howe – Feedlot Representative, Rangers Valley Feedlot

Keith is the Chief Executive Officer of Rangers Valley Feedlot, Glen Innes, NSW.

Lachie Wilson – Bull Owner Representative, Murdeduke Angus

Lachie is the Principal and Farm Manager of Murdeduke Angus near Winchelsea, Victoria.  Murdeduke has a total of 4 bulls that have been involved in the ASBP.

Andrew Malloy- Feedlot Representative, Rangers Valley Feedlot

Andrew Malloy is the Livestock Procurement Manger for Rangers Valley Feedlot.

Hamish Chandler, sheep genetics consultant.
Hamish Chandler – Meat and Livestock Australia

MLA Representative

Brad Gilmour (ex-officio)

Angus Australia Board Chairperson

Hamish McFarlane, (ex-officio)

Strategic Projects Committee Chairman

Peter Parnell (ex-officio)

Angus Australia Chief Executive Officer

Christian Duff (ex-officio)

Angus Australia Strategic Projects Manager

Nick Butcher (ex-officio)

Angus Australia ASBP Project Officer


The Angus TACE Consultative Committee provides a forum for consultation between users of Angus Australia’s genetic evaluation services and the Angus Australia Board of Directors and management team.  Importantly, the committee communicates the views and requirements of leading users of Angus TACE in relation to the operations, implementation of improvements, and future development needs of Angus Australia’s genetic evaluation services.

Andrew Byrne, Breed Development and Extension Manager looks forward to working with the committee over the next two years and explained how pleased Angus Australia was with the number and calibre of members who expressed an interest in being of the committee.

“The committee has vast experience and knowledge in the breeding of Angus cattle, and their feedback will be of great value in improving the genetic evaluation services that are available to both seedstock and commercial Angus breeders in Australia”. Mr Byrne said.

The composition of the Angus TACE Consultative Committee for the next 2-year term is as follows:

James Laurie
James Laurie (Chair) – Knowla Livestock

James is the fourth generation co-principal at Knowla Livestock at Gloucester NSW. James is the immediate past President of the Angus Australia NSW State Committee. James has been breeding Angus seedstock since 1994 in conjunction with a 800 cow commercial crossbred herd. They held their first on property sale in 2009, now selling at least 60 performance recorded bulls annually.

Frank Archer
Frank Archer – Landfall Angus

Frank is the fourth generation co-principal of Landfall Angus based in Tasmania’s Tamar Valley, breeding 1600 registered females annually. Self replacing herd, raising all replacement females and marketing 400 bulls annually. Frank manages the breeding, animal husbandry, production and marketing programs of their Angus seedstock herd.

Sinclair Munro – Booroomooka Angus

Sinclair Munro is the fifth generation to manage The Munro family’s property Keera, located near Bingara in northern NSW.  Keera is the home of Booroomooka Angus which is one of the largest and most innovative in studs in Australia.  Sinclair manages all aspects of the stud with attention to detail in producing high quality bulls to meet customer requirements.  Prior to 1996, Sinclair studied at The University of Sydney obtaining a Honours Degree in Agricultural Economics and worked for NH Foods Australia.

Bryan Corrigan
Bryan Corrigan – Rennylea Angus

Bryan has bred the Rennylea herd since 1968. His focus on returns for the commercial producer has produced the genetic profile of the Rennylea herd today. Bryan has been breeding angus cattle all his adult life, and seedstock since the early 1980s. Bryan’s cattle have been recorded since the start of Group Breedplan and the herd was initially APR cattle. Bryan has 1,400 performance recorded cows and sells 500 bulls annually.

Bea Litchfield – Hazeldean Angus
Bea is currently immersed in the family business at Hazeldean Angus as stud stock manager resulting in her being involved in breeding decisions, management, marketing and production. Hazeldean Angus sell 400 Angus bulls across 5 auctions to a wide range of climates and production systems.  Bea also holds a degree in Agricultural Science (Honours) majoring in Livestock Production.

Mandy Wales – Alloura Angus

Together with her husband, Mandy established Alloura Angus in 2000.  Alloura Angus now have around 300 stud breeders and produce and market females, bulls and semen. Mandy is responsible for the genetic planning and marketing activities and has a number of tertiary qualifications with a Bachelor of Economics, Master of Demography and currently is a PhD Candidate in Population Health.

Sam White (ex-officio)

Angus Australia & Strategic Projects Committee Chair

Andrew Byrne (ex-officio)

Angus Australia Breed Development & Extension Manager – Angus Australia