The Williamson family has been breeding Shorthorns in Australia since the late 1800’s.
Geoff’s great grandfather bred Shorthorns at ‘Caskieben’ near Aberdeen in Scotland in the 1850’s.
In 1975, the Poll Shorthorn Stud started with the introduction of two Kelso bulls. During the 1980’s, several US bred sires were used, which improved both the growth and muscling of the cattle. Two Broughton Park bulls have further enhanced the growth and performance of the herd. Glen Huon Fig Jam and Springwood Station Kelvin were then used along with several A.I. cross bulls by The Grove Condamine, Bundaleer United Chief and Spry’s All Gold.
Caskieben Ossie J19, out of a top cow purchased at the Lake Hawdon Dispersal, has been retained in the stud, as has a son of Broughton Park Thunder CO23, by the great Weebollabolla Theodore (C Thunder K13). Thunder CO23 was used by A.I. with great success in 2013 and 2014. In 2016 two AI sires, Yamburgan Zeus H140 (P) and Futurity Honey Badger H135 (P) were used for the 2017 calving. We are very excited by the style and growth of these yearling calves and highly recommend a look! We anticipate that one of these calves will be retained in the herd to continue with our low birth weight, high growth rate breeding objectives. For the 2017 joining season, we introduced three bulls in our AI programme, Yamburgan Emperor K28, Futurity Goliath and Oakton Royal Justice J25 which have left some impressive calves at foot.
This joining, we have continued using Zeus H140 as we are continuously impressed with his progeny. We have also introduced Yamburgan Sparta K571(P) into our breeding program due to his maturity pattern, structure and carcass characteristics which we feel will blend well with our current genetics.
Caskieben currently joins about 90 – 100 registered cows each year, focusing on breeding easy care, profitable cattle for the commercial cattle person.
The stud strives to continually improve the quality and performance of the cattle through the extensive use of Shorthorn Group Breedplan and benchmark them against other producers. In particular, we have a high priority on the quality of our female herd to ensure consistency of our sale bulls and focus on the profitability of the herd through fertility, milk and growth.