Welcome to the web site for the Black Label Lowline Stud, run by Sue Pace and Craig Davis. Please click the links above to find out more about our herd, or read on.
Black Label Lowlines is in Coimadai (sounds like "Come Ida"), about 50km north-west of Melbourne, in the Shire of Moorabool, Victoria, between Bacchus Marsh and Gisborne, near the Merrimu Reservoir. Directions are available via Google Maps©.
Coimadai is an Aboriginal word that means "old man kangaroo resting", and the cows shared their paddocks with a large mob of grey kangaroos until a kangaroo fence was built in 2019.
In June 2009, we bought an 87 hectare farm (215 acres). The farm had previously been used to run sheep and goats, and the fences were set up for them.
After researching the advantages of different breeds, and taking into account factors such as rainfall, fencing and our novice status when it came to cattle, in June 2010 we bought six unregistered Lowline cows.
Feb-2011 Our unregistered cows (thanks to Paul)
In November 2010, we first leased a Lowline bull, and then decided to buy him.
In December 2011, we bought three registered cows with calves and then in January 2013 we bought five heifers.
These form the beginnings of our herd.
We first started thinking about Lowlines in 2004, when we bought 4.5 hectares (11 acres) on the Condamine River, near Warwick in Queensland. We wanted something to eat the grass instead of having to slash it, but were limited by the amount of land we had.
Lowlines appeared to be a good choice:
they are easier on land and fences than larger breeds;
we can run more stock;
they produce good beef on grass;
they have a docile temperament, and are easy to work;
they have a good reputation with regard to ease of calving.
We have not regretted this decision.
In accordance with the changes for managing Johne's Disease, our stud has a J-BAS (Johne’s Beef Assurance Score) of 6, moving over to the new scheme after holding 'Beef only' status.
We are members of the Australian Lowline Cattle Association (ALCA) and the Southern Region Promotional Group (SRPG). Sue was a member of the SRPG committee from 2013-2016 and served as secretary in 2016. Craig served as a member of the committee in 2019.
We are accredited by the Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) program.
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