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ABOUT

Coffin Creek is an Angus seedstock producer located near Mudgee on the Central Tablelands of NSW, Australia.

Our mission at Coffin Creek is to breed cattle that embody the fundamental characteristics which make Angus such a versatile and profitable beef enterprise. 2018 marks our 27th year of breeding. Over the years, we have always aimed to improve our own herd of cows and, as such, also provide a source of genetics that will benefit downstream users.

We emphasise maternal phenotype and function in our operation. Physically, our ideal female is deep bodied, structurally sound and quiet in nature. Functionally, she needs to be able to forage in a large contemporary group in varying terrain. From two years of age, our females must calve unassisted, re-join in the correct period and wean a healthy calf each and every year. We have zero tolerance for calving difficulty and cull accordingly. Our heifer matings are designed to achieve a breeding outcome rather than for calving ease. By placing this pressure on our heifers, we ingrain calving ease into the cow herd.

We individually assess each animal in our herd many times a year. As well as old fashioned cattle sense, however, we utilise the latest technologies to enhance our breeding outcomes. We diligently record performance data for Breedplan, use Artifical Insemination, Embryo Transfer and as of 2018 have also added Genomic DNA testing to improve the our program.

Sires are thoroughly researched prior to use. They are selected on phenotype, pedigree as well as performance data. We make a concerted effort to inspect the sires we introduce to our programme. Each year, we use many of our own yearling bulls for in-herd natural joining. We endorse the economic benefits provided by young bulls for such advantages as longevity, ease of handling and rapid access to genetics. As such, yearling bulls make up the majority of the offering at our Annual bull sale each year. 

It is our ambition that the bulls we offer at our Annual Sale go out into the industry to inject softness, muscle and doing ease into commercial cattle herds, as well as breed females whose qualities mirror those of our own herd.

The Coffin Creek herd is run on two properties east of Mudgee. ‘Coffin Creek’, situated on the Wollar Road, has been the original home of the stud since 1989. The addition of ‘Havilah North’, (located on the Lue Road) in 2000 allowed for the expansion of the cow herd and, is currently the central hub for the majority of the stud activity.

The Coffin Creek herd consists of approximately 350 registered, performance recorded Angus females. We also run commercial cattle and sheep which fluctuate in number depending on the season. Our animals are run in a rotational grazing system that hinges on a philosophy of maintaining ground cover at all times. We adapt our stocking rate to suit the conditions. The ecological approach is one of reduced chemical inputs that seeks to improve water and soil quality at all times. 

 

History

Coffin Creek Angus was founded by Nigel White in 1989. Despite having grown up at Havilah North, one of the oldest Devon Studs in Australia founded in 1883, Nigel had a preference for Angus cattle. As such, he went about developing his own small herd of black Angus cows on the northern-most part of Havilah North; an adjoining block called Coffin Creek. Coffin Creek would thus operate as a separate operation to that of his father Denis and brother Andrew.

 

Above: Andrew and Nigel White showing Devons in 1985

Below: Nigel with Coffin Creek Potent P10 in 1996

In 2000 as part of family succession, the Havilah North Devon herd was dispersed and with the retirement of Denis White the southern-most end of Havilah North was taken over by Nigel and his two sons Jack and Harry.

In 2012, having built a reputation for high performing Angus cattle in the region for many years, Coffin Creek held its first on-property bull sale. This event is now held annually in the third week of August, offering both two year old and yearling bulls. 

In 2014 both Jack and Harry returned from their respective tertiary educational obligations to take on the management of the stud with their father. While Nigel remains at Coffin Creek, Jack and Harry live at Havilah North and represent the 6th generation of Whites to breed cattle on country that makes up part of the original Havilah.

Past Success

Coffin Creek Angus has a successful history of entering cattle in Shows and Carcase competitions. It is not always easy for pure-bred cattle to compete against cross-bred animals but ZCC steers have done well in a range of different categories and competitions. Some notable results are listed below.

1991 Reserve Champion All Breeds Middle Weight Class Sydney Royal Easter Show

1995 Champion Light Weight Carcase Beef Improvement Association, Mudgee

1996 2 Steers in Middle Weight Top 5, Hoof and Hook Sydney Royal Easter Show

1996 Supreme Champion All Breeds Bull Dunedoo Show, NSW

1996 Junior Champion Bull Bathurst Royal Show, NSW

1998 Champion Pen of Three Steers Dubbo National Show, NSW

2006 Reserve Champion Middleweight Carcase, Open Steer Section Sydney Royal Easter Show

2007 First Prize Breeders Group of Three Carcases, Open Steer Section Sydney Royal Easter Show

2008 Best Individual Steer Carcase Australian National Field Day, Orange, NSW

2010 Champion Team of Steers Heavy Weight Class Australian National Field Day, Orange, NSW

2010 Runner Up Best Live Steer Australian National Field Day, Orange, NSW

2011 Champion Pen of Three Steers, Hoof and Hook Beef Spectacular, Dubbo, NSW

2012 Noel Williams Shield for Best Angus Steer Carcase Sydney Royal Easter Show, shown by Mudgee High School

2013 Reserve Champion Individual Live Steer Australian National Field Day, Orange, NSW

2013 1st Place Live-weight Gain on Grain Australian National Field Day Orange, NSW

2015 Second Overall, RNA Paddock to Palate 70 Day Trade Steer Division, presented at the EKKA, Brisbane, QLD

2015 Champion Carcase, RNA Paddock to Palate 70 Day Trade Steer Division, presented at the EKKA, Brisbane, QLD

2015 Champion Pen of 6 Carcases, RNA Paddock to Palate 70 Day Trade Steer Division, the EKKA, Brisbane, QLD

2018 First Place, MSA Eating Quality RNA Paddock to Palate, 70 Day Trade Steer Division, EKKA, Brisbane, QLD

2018 Seventh Place Weight Gain, Paddock to Palate, 70 Day Trade Steer Division, EKKA, Brisbane, QLD

2018 Eighth Place Overall & Highest Placed pure bred Angus Team, RNA Paddock to Palate,  EKKA, Brisbane, QLD

Above: View to the South where Havilah North meets the Lawson Creek, east of Mudgee, NSW.