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.