Doorabeeba Stud (2068) is situated between Bellata and Rowena in north western NSW and run on two blocks – Cuulmara, Wee Waa and Doorabeeba, Rowena. It was registered in 2006 by Susan Michell and Murray Smith following the purchase of 97 cows and calves from Bulyeroi Pastoral Co, Robert and Carolyn Michell. The herd is based on this initial purchase and a further 300 females acquired from Bulyeroi Pastoral Co at the time of succession planning; Doorabeeba being the eastern most block of Bulyeroi.
The Bulyeroi herd originated at Castletop on the eastern fall of the Nandewar Ranges between Narrabri and Bingara in 1922 when Cliff and Frank Michell bought 20 Devon females and one bull with their earnings from shearing. When Robert moved from Castletop to Bulyeroi in 1967 he took with him 140 Devon cows.
In 1983 Santa Gertrudis bulls were introduced to the Bulyeroi herd which, at that time, consisted of about 700 breeders. Sheep were still the principal enterprise however they were phased out from that point on. It was around this time the Bulyeroi stud (1465) was established although progeny were never registered. Only Santa Gertrudis bulls have been used since 1983 and from about 1988 only classified bulls. From 1983 to 2007 approximately 130 bulls were purchased with bulls coming from studs including Warenda, Yarrawonga-Waco, Wave Hill, Pinaroo, Hardigreen Park, Swan Hill, Rosevale, Diamond T, Big Sur, Korana, Calga West and Murrumbo.
Selection of heifers has always been rigorous, and the low number of replacements required over the last 15 years has allowed for severe culling. Pregnancy testing became standard practice in the early 1980s with NDP females culled and any dry cows at marking also sold. Fertility is a priority.
The Bulyeroi herd is well known in northern New South Wales by both agents and meat buyers with sales often attracting a premium. Steers and cull heifers have been fattened or sold into the feeder market, more recently EU accreditation has increased market options.
Since 2006 we have been grading up through the SGBAA and now have about 80% of females S or Sbar. For the last two years we have only joined classified heifers.
Current sires include Warenda Tambo, Cardona Lenz, Bullamakinka General, Benelkay Genuine. Recent sire history included Warenda Require, Hillside Ironman, Hillside Enterprise, Warenda Patriarch, Raelands I015; Warenda P74 and Hardigreen Park D96.