The three Angus Studs of Glenaroua, Ythanbrae (now trading as Lawsons Angus) and Tarralea Park joined together to form the Performance Tested Angus Group – known commonly as Pert Angus.
The members were anxious to promote and standardise the use of performance records in the assessment of the genetic value of Angus Bulls.
The first sale of rising two-year-old bulls was held in 1971.
Other records were kept by each stud master which related to the Group’s aim of producing animals of the fastest growth rate, highest fertility, sound functional features and best carcase quality under commercial conditions. Lawsons Angus were a strong supporter of Breedplan since its introduction in 1985 and indeed since the performance records were evaluated back to the late 1960’s.
Lawsons Angus entered a new growth phase and the breeding herd over the past decade has been expanded from 300 performance recorded females to 2,000 head.
By this time the objectives of the original Pert Angus Group had been achieved and most stud cattle were being sold backed by sound scientific breeding, i.e. Estimated Breeding Values. Performance Recording was no longer regarded as being radical and the adoption of artificial insemination (AI) and embryo transplant (ET) technology had enabled annual bull sales to expand from 30 to 250 head.
Lawsons Angus remains a very dynamic and creative enterprise, continually pushing the boundaries of what is possible to achieve with genetic improvement in the beef industry. They have been strong supporters of both the AMG Gold brand the CAABTM brand along with a strong emphasis on improving the marbling potential for commercial clients producing feeder steers for the Japanese market. The increase in productivity and profitability of clients using Lawsons Angus genetics is encouraging and supports Lawsons Angus decision over 15 years ago to strongly focus on meat quality in their program.
Lawsons embarked on their first ‘on property’ Sale at Yea where 97 bulls sold for a record Angus average of $5,021. This sale also launched the Gardiner Angus Ranch (GAR), Kansas USA partnership with the sale growing to 300 bulls and 300 females sold in the annual March Sale. Lawsons Angus are the largest seedstock operation in Australia selling over 800 bulls annually with auction and private treaty sales. What makes Lawsons Angus unique is the disciplineed PLANNED BREEDING PROGRAM with 100% AI and ET using the best proven bulls in the world. Over 1,000 embryos from elite performance dams are implanted per annum.
The partnership with GAR combines two of the largest progressive seedstock herds in the world and provides a unique platform for commercial breeders to exploit these global genetic and information networks.
Lawsons Angus developed a Queensland division in 2006, in conjunction with the Sullivan family, Kyntee Pastoral Company at Toobeah, Goondiwindi. Lawsons Angus Queensland is now providing leading edge Angus and Senegus genetics to northern herds under the same disciplined program that Lawsons Angus was built on.
Queensland commercial breeders can now access large numbers of bulls by the best proven Angus and Senegus bulls in the breed that are adapted to northern pastures, environment and grazing systems.
Lawsons launched a new business division in Western Australia, based near Esperance. The inaugral Lawsons Angus WA sale was held in February 2012 at Jerdacuttup where an outstanding contemporary group of bulls were offered for the first time to WA clients.
Lawsons Angus achieved the record price for a yearling Angus bull when Lawsons Tank B1155 G1730 sold for $37,000. This yearling bull had an exceptionally low birthweight EBV of +1.9 and strong carcase values for eye muscle and marbling plus a LF/CAAB $ Index of $134.
Lawsons Angus is the only national Angus genetics suppliers with operations in three states. This geographic spread has been developed over the past decade in order to be able to service the needs of commercial beef producers across the country.
Lawsons Angus produce 1,000 performance tested Angus bulls across a wide range of production environments and provide simple cost effective breeding options for large or small scale commercial herds.
Lawsons Angus’ three divisions are:
The Lawsons Angus seedstock business originated on a family property near Yea, Victoria and properties near Yea remain the central location from which Lawsons Angus operates in Victoria.
Lawsons Angus conduct an annual Spring Bull Sale at the Roma Saleyards, conducted by Landmark Roma.
In 2009 Lawsons Angus expanded into Western Australia with a base at Jerdacuttup, near Esperance. The inaugral
WA sale was run in February 2012 and was a great success for both clients, who secured genetics that will progress the productivity and profitability of their herds and Lawsons,
who were pleased with the support provided by WA beef producers.
Lawsons Angus NSW is based in the Central Tablelands of NSW.
On their property ‘Box Range’, 14 Allambi Rd, Boorowa, NSW, Vince and Debbie Rheinberger are developing the NSW Operations of Lawsons Angus.
The actual sale date and Forum details will be provide as soon as finalised.
If you are interested in viewing our breeding herd on ‘Box Range’ or discussing our breeding program, please call Vince on 02 63 858 343 or email firstname.lastname@example.org