Angus Australia was saddened to hear of the passing of Honorary Life Member, Andrew Gubbins, Te Mania Angus.
Mr Gubbins and his wife Mary were awarded Honorary Life Membership in 2013.
Te Mania Angus was founded in 1928 by Edwyn Wilding, father of Mary Gubbins, in the South Island of New Zealand. In 1971 Andrew and Mary Gubbins imported two young sires and 58 females, from Mary’s brother, Frank, creating Te Mania Angus, Australia.
In nominating Mr and Mrs Gubbins for Life Membership, the Central Victorian Angus Region group cited that they had ‘made major contributions to the Angus breed over a long period of time and their commitment has been of great significance and warranted them being awarded the Society’s highest honour’.
Mr Gubbins was a leader in developing performance recording of Angus cattle in Australia, with the work integral to the development of BREEDPLAN.
Te Mania were early adopters of AI and ET and in doing so led the way for Angus breeders.
Mr Gubbins was also among Angus breeders whom first recognised the importance of carcase quality traits such as marbling in breeding programs, thereby placing an emphasis on eating quality of the Angus product.
Mr and Mrs Gubbins were also early supporters of the Angus Beef Classic in Wodonga Vic, during the first event in 1977, Te Mania Tolerence was purchased at the sale by the Australian Government and was given as a gift to President Soeherto of Indonesia on behalf of Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser.
At the second Angus Beef Classic in 1978 the top selling Angus bull was Te Mania Uranium sold for $21,000, breaking previous Angus records by more than double when sold to Mrs Laurie Kerr, Tibooburra stud.
Feature Image: Te Mania Uranium sold for $21,000 with breeder Andrew Gubbins, Te Mania Stud, buyer Mrs Laurie Kerr, Tibooburra and handler Mr Ron McCrabb