Eaglehawk Angus is a family owned operation, located in the New England region of New South Wales.
The Vivers family is now entering the 187th year of breeding cattle. Eaglehawk Angus has been a registered seed stock business for 29 years. We are proud of our operation, here everyone in the family works, and has a role in the day to day running of the property. Eaglehawk runs on 9000 acres and is spread between two properties – the home block located between Inverell and Glen Innes and “Maiden Creek”, between Armidale and Ebor. Eaglehawk is operated under very commercial conditions to mimic the circumstances of our client base. We calve down 600 registered cows per year and another 600 commercial angus cows, plus followers and sale bulls.
Our breeding philosophy is pretty simple, our focus is on the cow. We have no interest in breeding cattle based on the numbers alone. EBV’s were initially introduced to aid breeders in making decisions and not to encourage “stacking” numbers. Human nature seems to have taken over and breeding by numbers has become the standard method of breeding decisions for many in our industry over the past decade.
You can have all the numbers in the world, but if your cows don’t get in calf, hold their condition, calve unassisted, thrive on grass, and wean half her body weight you don’t have much at all. We believe that most discerning cattlemen would agree that good functional cows have a certain look about them. There isn’t an EBV for this yet! We do consider the numbers of course as they are a valuable tool to avoid the extremes.
Over the years we have relied heavily on embryo transfer, breeding from our most productive cows from proven cow families.
We sell around 180 registered bulls per year by auction and privately.
We have many visitors through the year, we would love to have you visit and view our cattle.
Our aim is to provide moderate framed, structurally correct, quiet, deep bodied, carcase cattle that are soft, and fertile. We want our clients to be turning off their cattle heavier and earlier from their productive low maintenance cowherds.
The bottom line is – There is definitely more to breeding cattle than selection based upon numbers.