Hughes Cluden Newry Angus, Tasmania
Cluden Newry is a family run Angus seedstock business located at 'Jessiefield' in Tasmania's central north, approximately 25km south of Launceston.
Cluden Newry Angus was established in 1956 by Richard Hughes, and currently runs approximately 300 registered Angus females. Cluden Newry has held an annual on property bull sale since 1974.
In addition to the cattle and sheep, 'Jessiefield' produces poppies, fresh peas and grass-seed. Inspections of our herd and farm are welcome at any time, please contact us for more information.
The herd at Cluden Newry are run under commercial conditions, with a strong focus on the traits which affect the profitability of a commercial cattle breeder; fertility, longevity and productivity.
This is achieved through a combination of reproductive pressure on females, internal and external independent structural assessment, and the use of BREEDPLAN to evaluate performance recording.
Genetics are sourced from the US, NZ and Australia through the use of AI. Over 200 cows are inseminated annually, with approximately half of the calves annually conceived by AI. AI programs are followed up with both externally sourced bulls and home-bred sires.
All heifers at Cluden Newry must calve down unassisted as two-year-olds. Cows must continue to annually rear a calf within a tight calving period. By placing this pressure on calving intervals, this ensures that fertility is not compromised through increased growth and carcase performance.
All bulls sold and all two-year old heifers which calve down are structurally assessed by Dick Whale of Independent Marketing and Breeding services. The additional use of external selection pressure ensures only sound functional females remain within the breeding herd, and provides clients with an increased level of confidence when purchasing bulls.
The Cluden Newry herd has a National Johnes MAP Status of MN2. All bulls are fertility tested, veterinary checked, fully vaccinated and tested BVDV free. All bulls sold are guaranteed for infertility or structural breakdown.