Milestones reached for Tasmanian Angus breeders 

At a recent meeting of the Angus Tasmania breeders group, S Tulloch Scott and Sons were presented with the prestigious milestone of having reached 100 years of membership with the Angus Society of Australia.  

The presentation was made by group Chairman, Frank Archer, who also had the honour of presenting Kinloch Angus and Tim and Mary-Ann Rhodes with 25 years membership awards.  

While the Society was officially formed on May 9, 1919, the first recorded list of members was recorded in July 1922, of which as the only Tasmanian member, S. Tulloch Scott of Dunedin, was among the 14 members (or families) listed as a member in the Aberdeen-Angus Herd Book of Australia, Volume 1.  

At the time they registered one bull and twenty six cows, one registered by the Society as pure bred.  

On hand to receive the plaque was Annabel and Amelia Scott, with Angus having recently passed away. The family was formerly on the property at Dunedin, but are now at White Hills, Tasmania.  

In making the presentation, Mr Archer acknowledged the success of the S Tulloch Scott & Sons herd.  

‘The Dunedin herd has always been known for their ability to thrive in all conditions, they were Hardy cattle bred in a tough environment.’.   

‘Weaners are marketed annually through the Powranna weaner sales, being a feature line and often topping the sales.’  

‘The quality of the cattle is the result of generation upon generation of genuine people with a keen eye for cattle, always selecting genetics that would take the herd forward.  

‘It is the long term commitment from families such as the Scott’s which is one of the many reasons why the Angus breed has the standing in the industry that it does today,’ finished Mr Archer.  

This presentation follows the receival of 100 years membership awards to Bald Blair Angus, Guyra NSW and Forster & Sons, Abington NSW earlier in the year.  

Nigel and Sandy Campbell, Walruna, Central Highlands, Tasmania, who operate Kinloch Angus received their 25 years membership award.  

Mr Campbell chose Angus as his breed of choice after a stint breeding shorthorn and Devon cattle, with Mr Archer acknowledging the quality of Angus cattle produced by Kinloch.  

‘Kinloch cattle are always presented impeccably well at Powranna sales with their lines of heifers being a feature of the sales. These heifers often top the market going to purchasers to make foundation breeding females in their herds’.  

The final presentation was made to Tim and Maryanne Rhodes, Killymoon, St Marys, Tasmania, who have also been members of Angus Australia for 25 years.  

After a career in livestock importation and running a cattle trading enterprise at Tamworth in NSW, Tim and Maryanne moved to Tasmania in the mid 1990’s with the purchase of the historic Killymoon property at St Marys. This property allowed them to combine their passions of farming and the restoration of historic buildings.  

Mr Archer said, ‘It was always a desire of Tim and Maryanne’s to have a breeding herd and it was at this time that they went about building a herd of quality Angus breeding females. Joined by their son Will in the business, the Rhodes family continues to breed high quality Angus genetics whilst running a trading business to compliment the breeders’.  

These achievements not only recognise the families involved, but also the success that the Angus breed has had in Tasmania from the very beginning of the Angus breed in Australia when in January 1824, 8 black cattle were unloaded at the Hobart Town docks, before being driven onto Dennistoun, owned by Captain Patrick Wood, located near Bothwell, Tasmania.  

Since this time the Angus breed has gone on to have tremendous success across the country.