Genetics back up Millkbrook

Genetics back up Millkbrook

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CENTRAL VICTORIA: TB White & Sons livestock agent Xavier Bourke and and Millbrook Free Range owner David Trigg.

CENTRAL VICTORIA: TB White & Sons livestock agent Xavier Bourke and and Millbrook Free Range owner David Trigg.

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Millbrook Free Range will present 45 2.5-year-old heifers at the Ballarat weaner sale in February.

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Millbrook Free Range directors David and Kara Trigg are expanding their Angus breeding operation following the purchase of a second property at Dixie, near Terang.

The couple run a free range pork, poultry and beef operation at Millbrook, near Ballarat, and are preparing to sell a quality line of heifers at Ballarat's weaner sale in February.

"We've been breeding Angus cattle for about five years now and before that we were dabbling in bits and pieces of cattle but in the last few years we've really got into the breeding side of it," Mr Trigg said.

"About 10 years ago we ran a few F1s on the side - we had a another business on the go - and since then we've become more full-time farmers in recent years."

The Triggs' operation consists of 100 breeding cattle and between 150-200 weaners and steers based across the two properties.

Up until buying the property at Dixie, the couple had leased the 130 hectares due to the ordinary seasonal conditions in central Victoria.

"We had a lot here local on leased country but then we had to go and source some more and that's why we sent cattle down there 12 months ago," Mrs Trigg said.

"With the season we had last year, it was shocking and it was a struggle to try and find grass to keep all our breeders on."

However, a boost in spring rainfall at Millbrook has improved conditions throughout central Victoria ahead of the highly-anticipated weaner sales in February.

The Triggs will sell 45 pure Murdeduke bloodline 2.5-year-old Angus heifers by a Paringa bull.

"We want to really expand the breeding side and we've bought a few bulls through Paringa," Mrs Trigg said.

"We did a fair bit of research on their qualities and traits and chose a few that suited with what we're trying to do and we've been very pleased with the outcome."

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