Raff Angus Stud
Raff Angus Stud

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Above: David Raff - The Founder
Below: Andrew Raff - The Studmaster

Raff family

The Raff Angus Cattle

About Raff Angus Stud

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The Raff Angus program began in 1965 when David Raff purchased four aged stud cows under the prefix ‘Warahgai’. After purchasing his first parcel of land and relocating the herd, it was decided to change the prefix to ‘Forres’, the property name.

In 1990 a commercial decision was made to sell the Forres stud and prefix. A few cows were retained that were owned by sons Robert and Andrew along with several share cows and embryos. After a short experiment with Red Angus the demand for us to continue to breed black bulls was driven by our commercial clients. From 1990, under the ‘Raff’ prefix the growth of the herd has been spectacular, driven entirely by bull demand and the Angus seed-stock breeding passion of David and son Andrew.
The challenge was to retain those inherent qualities of the breed while increasing frame size, growth and improve temperament. By utilizing every possible means available for measuring economically important traits David Raff became an innovator in adapting new technology to make rapid genetic gains in his goal to achieve genetic excellence.

Committed to innovation but driven by the commercial reality of cattle breeding the Raff Angus cattle today are unique in both type and genetics. By resisting using ‘trendy’ / ‘fashionable’ genetics Raff Angus are of outcross genetics to mainstream Australian Angus and boast more structural integrity, frame, growth, yield and weight than traditional Angus.

“The success of our business can be contributed to the fact that in its 50 years its owners have been totally involved in all aspects of breeding Angus seed-stock. For the entire period almost 100% of the family income has been derived from Angus cattle.”

THE RESTRUCTURE

2015 has seen a major restructure of Raff Angus culminating with the sale of their Queensland property and the purchase of land on King Island.

David and Jill moved to King Island in January 2015 with Andrew, Anna and family moving down in October 2015.

About 600 Raff Angus females have been relocated to King Island from Queensland to form the nucleus of the families elite stud bull breeding herd and commercial herd for the production of premium grass fed beef.
While it is our intention to scale back the stud side of the business it remains our intention to continue to breed bulls for our loyal clients who wish to continue to use our genetics and for those who wish to source genetics genetically different to the mainstream Angus.

We will no longer be holding annual auction sales in Queensland but rather ‘custom breeding’ bulls to suit our clients' requirements throughout Australia.

Our whole production system will change to a total grass fed one to take advantage of the unique environment and pastures of King Island.

The Raff Family remain totally committed to continuing to breed the type of cattle that have been the trademark of Raff Angus for the past 50 years – that is fast growing, high yielding cattle with traditional carcass values that reach optimum weight and finish at the youngest possible age whilst remaining sound, fertile and functional.

With the new focus on quality grass fed beef production it will enable the family to fine tune their breeding programme by using the feedback they receive from the final end product – actual carcasses hanging on the hook - something that was unachievable in the past.

THE CATTLE

The Raff Angus operation will comprise of approximately 200 elite Stud Angus females for bull production and around 800 pure Raff Angus genetic commercial cows targeted to produce progeny for the premium grass fed beef market.

All cattle will be 100% grass fed.

Artificial insemination and embryo transfer will continue to be used to introduce new genetics and fast track the influence of our own superior breeding stock.

THE RAFF FAMILY

The founder of the stud - since 1965 - David Raff and his wife Jill, are still actively involved in all livestock breeding decisions, livestock and property management providing full support to Andrew, Anna and their children Harry, Charlie, Georgina and Olivia.

Andrew Raff with his wife Anna and young family control all aspects of the business from sire selection and breeding decisions to the general ‘day to day’ cattle husbandry, farm management and record keeping. Anna, who is a Vet, is responsible for the AI and Animal Health duties as well as doing all the business' financial work.

THE PROPERTY

The Raff Angus herd is run on an 800 hectare aggregation within the south eastern end on King Island which is located on the western side of Bass Strait mid-way between Tasmania and the mainland.

The elite stud herd will be run on “Muir of Logie” – named after the Raff ancestor’s first farm in Scotland after migrating from Germany in the eighteenth century. The commercial operation will be run on “Forres” – the county in Scotland where Muir of Logie was located and the name of the stud when first established in 1965.
King Island experiences a mild temperate climate that allows green grass to thrive all year round making it ideal cattle country. The properties are located within a 50 – 60 inch annual rainfall and is 100 meters above sea level.

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