The Te Mania Angus story - deep pool of Angus cattle genes
Our 1700-head breeding herd is run under commercial conditions, producing sound, highly fertile and docile cattle. Genetic focus is applied to calving ease, growth, carcase quality and structure, while constant research is undertaken to maximise efficiencies. Recent on-farm research has involved monitoring heifer puberty, and net feed intake.
Bull sales are held each March at the Mortlake, Victoria headquarters, and in August, at Walgett, NSW. Volume lines of bulls are sold by private sale.
Te Mania Angus sires are available for lease through the progeny test and marketing alliance, Team Te Mania. This coalition of 40+ herds across SA, Victoria and NSW sell premium lines of steers to backgrounders and lot feeders, and females through feature online sales.
Semen from proven Te Mania sires is available through AI Resellers. Senior stud cows, including ET donors, representing some of the herd’s most successful maternal lines are available.
Te Mania Angus practices sustainable farming, ensuring the land is improved for generations to come. Waterways and native bush which act as shelter-belts are fenced off, and natural farm inputs are used to nourish the soil.
The Te Mania Angus gene pool began in New Zealand in 1928, extending into Australia in 1971. Since then it has set, or still holds, every Australian Angus sales record.
Te Mania Angus was founded by Edwyn Wilding, father of Mary Gubbins in the south island of New Zealand in 1928. In 1971 Te Mania Angus was founded by Andrew Gubbins on the importation to Australia of two young sires and 58 females. The herd now spans 1400 stud females and 400 recipient cows, under the management of Tom Gubbins and brother-in-law, Hamish McFarlane, at Mortlake in Western Victoria.
Performance recorded in New Zealand since 1950, the gene pool was accelerated into a new era, pioneering objective measurement in the industry, on its arrival into Australia.
Te Mania Angus has brought a breeding strategy and management program into a cohesive operation which continues to dominate Angus Group Breedplan, representing more than double the number of trait leaders of any other stud. This is also a program which has produced super sires such as Te Mania Garth G67, Te Mania Emperor E343, Te Mania Berkley B1, Te Mania Unlimited U3271 and Te Mania Ulong U41.
Te Mania Angus protocol is that all cattle are stringently – and independently – assessed for structure and temperament, with the results published alongside each bull in all sale catalogues.
Te Mania Angus can deliver calving ease and commercial profitability, providing the fast-growing, high-marbling bulls wanted by the feedlot industry, processors, and, most crucially, consumers.
The family business has developed a programme in improving the accuracy of the information provided to all clients that goes above and beyond that expected by the rest of the industry.
Team Te Mania is at the heart of this commitment – keeping animals together in large contemporary groups to achieve more effective progeny in each group which can then be compared in one environment.
We progeny test a significant cast of sires each year – both on-property and through the Team Te Mania commercial progeny test herds.
Bulls by Te Mania’s homebred sires dominate in annual sale line ups, as do their steer half brothers in the Team Te Mania herds, spread across SA, Victoria and NSW.
These progeny test herds contribute valuable information on sires, which further increases the accuracy of the sale bulls, through the sire line.
Whilst this is a time consuming and expensive program, Te Mania Angus remains committed to this principle – and its success is clearly reflected in Breedplan and in demand from major feedlots for Te Mania Angus blood steers.
Tom Gubbins Director. Farm Manager, Technology & Media, Genetics Hamish McFarlane Director. Clients, Bull Allocations, Sales, Team Te Mania, Finance Andrew Gubbins Genetics Lucy Gubbins Publications, Social Media & Events Amanda McFarlane Marketing & Events Mary Gubbins Rob Herry Peter Finnerty Keith McConnell James McCormack ET & Recipient Herd Manager Karen Harrington BookkeeperRead more
Te Mania Angus, Proven Performance Brochure Stud Science – Story by Genevieve Barlow, Photos Neil Hewitt, 2012 RM Williams Outback – Stations Te Mania Angus Catalogues 2018 Autumn Bull Sale, Mortlake P1-23; Autumn Bull Sale Catalogue P24-48; Autumn Bull Sale Catalogue P49-76 2017 Northern Spring Bull Sale, Walgett, NSW 2017 Team Te Mania Online Commercial Female…Read more