ABD - Yarra Bonsmara
The Yarra Bonsmara Story
John Byrne and his family are the major shareholders in Australia’s largest Bonsmara cattle operation - Yarra Bonsmara. Application the philosophy of "The certainty of Science" has driven the business to create the most exclusive lines of Bonsmara genetics through embryo transfers since 2002. The Yarra Bonsmara breeding program is operated across two Queensland locations - the elite purebred stud herd at ‘”Wirlinga”, Beaudesert, and the commercial purebred and crossbred herd at “Yarra” near Gogango, in central Queensland. "Yarra" functions as a Central Queensland Depot servicing northern and western Queensland.
“When I learned that the South Africans had bred this animal specifically for Africa, and I determined the huge amount of research that had gone into the development of the breed, I was blown away,” John said.
“The Bonsmara are probably the most genetically advanced cattle ever produced and I could see huge potential in bringing the breed to Australia where conditions are so similar to South Africa.”
The Yarra Bonsmara breeding program is operated across two Queensland locations - the elite purebred stud herd at ”Wirlinga”, Beaudesert, and the commercial purebred and crossbred herd at “Yarra” near Gogango, in central Queensland.
“Yarra” was purchased in 2008 to be used as a bull depot and to run a commercial crossbred Bonsmara herd which includes a number of Bos indicus breed lines to trial the respective crosses.
The same year Yarra Bonsmara recorded their first significant bull sales and began marketing their cattle in earnest to help improve the understanding of the breed and explain what it could contribute to herds in northern Australia.