Bob on the farm in my early days with my father.
After retirement from the Financial Services industry in 2001 I started in the cattle business in 2004 with the purchase of five Black Angus cows as an investment. I leased them back to a cattleman and considered that to be my sole entry into the cattle business.
When Gerry and Betty decided to get into the Shorthorn breed it sounded like a great idea and in 2005 I started purchasing some Shorthorn cows from breeders in Saskatchewan and Ontario. Renosa, Wolf Willow, Horseshoe Creek, Red Rose, Flightpath, and Crawfdown prefixes were the on the registration papers of the dams of the first Uluru born calves. I boarded all the cows with Gerry and Betty in Saskatchewan and Martin Mason in Ontario. Hence the start of Uluru Shorthorns, a great arrangement, they did all the work, I paid some bills and I started to meet many great people in the cattle business.
I enjoyed researching pedigrees, trying to understand a new language such as pedigrees and EPDs, attending sales and shows, following sires of the day and looking through Shorthorn magazines and sale catalogues.
To this day I still find the best part about the cattle business is the people. Cows come and go but people are around for hopefully a long and good time. With the cows we needed a bull as our herds were growing quite rapidly. Wolf Willow Rocky 6R was our first bull, however he had an accident and had to shipped.
The second bull we purchased made a tremendous impact on both of our herds. Red Rose Gold Spear Ruffian came from Martin Mason in Ontario. He worked very well for us and for many other breeders as Semex acquired the semen rights and sold semen on Ruffian around the world.
The next few years, while my cattle were boarded and managed with Gerry and Betty, were very exciting. I not only retained many heifers with the Uluru prefix but acquired more females from breeders such as Ar Su Lu, Bell M, Crooked Post, DSF, Diamond, Glenford, Lakeside, Matlock, Millbrook, Muridale, Schoolview, Shadybrook, Star P, Waukaru and others. My herd grew substantially with sales of Uluru progeny at the Sun Country Shorthorn Sale and by private treaty going very well.
Sires Fox Willow Sovereign, Creekside Standoff and Muridale Bonanza 85W were also used.
We then calved and raised Uluru Buster 6T who has proven to be a very successful calving ease sire.
Life in the Shorthorn business was good.
In 2010 Gerry and Betty sold their farm and the next few years for Uluru Shorthorns was challenging.
It became difficult to locate a boarding arrangement that was satisfactory to me for the management and development of the high quality, purebred herd I was striving to create.
As a result in early 2013 I dispersed my complete herd of Shorthorns. It was a sad day for me.
Phase II of Uluru Shorthorns
In the fall of 2013 a breeder in Ontario approached me indicating they would be willing to board a few cows for me if I got back in the Shorthorn business. I could not resist the offer to have a chance to get back with the Shorthorn breeders within an easy drive of my home in Oakville.
I have subsequently purchased a few purebred Shorthorn females and I am slowly and carefully growing my herd with the purchase and the retention of animals I consider special that hopefully will result in progeny that will enhance the Shorthorn breed. My cattle are now boarded in Ontario close to home at “Hill Haven Shorthorn Farm” in Duntroon www.hillhavenshorthorns.com under the watchful eyes of Dale Asser and Bob Meldrum with their herdsman Mathew Hargrave. They are great people to be associated with.
I have to admit the Shorthorn business is now a hobby for me.
Less stress and more fun.
It is still the people in the cattle business that make it enjoyable.
A recent acquisition from some good cattle people.
A Buster 6T daughter.