He’s been a familiar face during Northern Beef Week for many years, visiting studs for himself or on behalf of clients, but this year Chris Paterson and his stud operation is on show.
Mr Paterson, of Chris Paterson Stock and Station Agent and Century 21 in Tamworth, owns and runs Heart Angus, based at “Sandown”, Timbumburi.
Mr Paterson bought his first stud cows in 2011, with females from Kansas Angus, Boggabri, Millah Murrah Angus, Bathurst, DSK Angus, Coonabarabran, and Victorian stud Banquet Angus, Mortlake.
Three bulls – two from Millah Mullah and one from Karoo Angus, Bathurst – were added to form the foundation herd.
In just five years he’s grown the stud to 75 cows, and he plans to keep building to 100 cows through embryo transfer.
He has a small number of cows in the donor program, flushing them once a year then getting them in calf in line with the other breeders.
It’s Mr Paterson’s first time opening the farm gates for Northern Beef Week, a goal he’s been working towards for a few years.
He’s been selling bulls privately to commercial producers and has been part of the annual New England Angus Breeders (NEAB) sale for the past three years.
“It was hard work and took a while for us to start the stud, but now that we’re getting a few numbers, Northern Beef Week is a good way for us to promote the stud and show producers – our potential buyers – our cattle prior to the sale,” he said.
Heart Angus is the largest vendor at the 60th NEAB bull sale, to be held at the Tamworth Regional Livestock Exchange on Wednesday, July 27.
The hard work has paid off, with Heart Angus bull topping the sale for the past two years, reaching a top of $8000 in 2014 and $15,000 in 2015.
Mr Paterson, who will offer 18 bulls in this year’s sale, will join a number of premier Angus studs from the New England and North West for the multi-vendor sale.
All sale bulls will be on show for Northern Beef Week on Wednesday, June 29.
Mr Paterson’s focus is producing top quality Angus bulls for the commercial producer.
“I’ve always liked Angus cattle, but I also enjoy being part of the breed,” he said.