The herd was moved to Rissington in the mid 1990’s and since then has rapidly accelerated the genetic gain through utilizing the best available sires globally through AI, ET and since 2010 TVR, IVP and sexing technologies. The herd has an unmatched balance between calving ease, high growth, feed efficiency, fertility, moderate maturity patterns coupled with the ability to produce high quality, high yielding carcasses. All animals are recorded on Breedplan and on the Leachman multibreed database of over a million animals. This analysis allows us to compare animals and herds accurately and to deliver more profitable commercial cattle. The herd is one of the top performance herds in NZ on Breedplan and on the much larger Leachman database for $Profit. Recently a number of our sires have performed at the top of the BLG Progeny Test against the best Angus bulls from USA, Australia and NZ.
Our Angus herd has been in the family since 1936 when it was founded by Will Masefield at Ellerton, in Kekerengu, Marlborough.
TCA Visionary 158
Visionary is the proven high $Profit $16,921, highly feed efficient Angus out of the Leachman program. Seldom do bulls come along where they have the ability to strengthen every economic trait like Visionary. He is a proven calving ease sire, who maintains growth and carcass merit whilst being a genuine outlier for feed efficiency breeding values. More info »
DR Sierra Cut 7404
Sierra Cut is an interesting sire who really stamps his progeny with a type that commercial customers really like. We saw a number of progeny on a trip to the US in 2014 that were very impressive and the progeny aren’t disappointing. Maternally he is loaded with everything you want with a mature weight that ranks in top 5% of the breed which means his daughters will be moderate in size. More info »
KCF Bennett Automatic A348
Automatic is a son of carcass legend GAR Progress with less birth and more growth than his sire. He was Leachman’s pick of the 2014 Knoll Crest Sale. His US data makes excellent reading across the board, top 1% CED, 3% BW, 40% YW, 15% Docility, 5% Milk, 1% Marbling, 15% REA and top 1% Leachman $Profit. No surprise his first sons were popular in spring 2017. More info »
Basin Paycheck 5249
BASIN PAYCHECK 5249 is a calving ease bull with powerful phenotype. He is moderate framed and deep bodied with exceptional rib shape and muscle. We used him rather than his popular sire Payweight 1682 based on the depth of his maternal pedigree of top producing females. His first crop of calves we have just weaned have really impressed with their style and capacity at a young age. More info »
EF Commando 1366
Commando is one of the most talked about sires in the breed in the US with over 3000 progeny records. He offers an unmatched combination of traits that drive profitability, both phenotypically and genetically. He provides no miss calving ease, breed-leading growth in a moderate mature-sized package. We saw lots of progeny in the US which were impressive and his first progeny here this weaning look the part also. More info »