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Raff Angus, King IslandRaff Angus Bull and Female Sales 2021

Including Catalogue, videos, Bull Weight Sheet, Female Pregnancy Test Report and more .


Raff Angus, King IslandPedigree with a Difference with Performance on the Hook Spring Celebration Sale - Two Sales One day

100 black beef bulls - Selling at Drillham, Queensland

30 Elite Stud Females and 1 Stud Sire - Selling at Walwa, Victoria

More information available here



Raff Angus, King IslandRaff Angus Position Vacant

[29 June 2021] We are a family owned and operated Angus Seedstock beef breeding business that was established in 1965. We are now seeking somebody who wants to work with us – not for us – to be part of our expansion path in animal production, both property and pasture development and to improving best farming principals aimed at increasing soil microbial activity for better soils and improved animal health – our property is Certified Organic.....Read more


Raff Angus, King IslandRaff earns hometown buying
1 April 2021

A return to the Autumn sale season saw the Raff Angus sale strongly supported by repeat clients ......Read more


Raff Angus, King IslandAngus News: Big bulls deliver success
11 February 2021

"About 10 years ago the Patons decided to make a change in their breeding direction, turning to Raff Angus stud, now based on King Island, for their annual bull buying requirements"......Read more

Raff Angus 2020 NewsletterRaff Angus Online Bull Sale Report - September 2020

Following their last sale in Queensland when celebrating their 50th year of breeding Angus Seedstock the Raff Family held an Online only bull sale on September 21st 2020. Click here for 2020 Bull Sale Catalogue

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Raff Angus Bull Sale Monday September 21st.

After a five-year absence from an auction sale we return this September with 45 rising two-year-old bulls. Since our re-location south we have continued with bull sales by selling privately in the paddock.

Both new and loyal clients have supported us over these past years however we were aware that some would find it simply too difficult purchasing off King Island. In making this decision we were mindful of the current global difficulties and travel restrictions current and potential.

Find out more ....

Raff Angus bulls for saleRaff Angus Bulls sell September 21st, 2020 …

This year will see the return of Raff Angus to having a spring bull sale.

Early July all of our spring sale bull group were trucked to mainland to friends and fellow Angus Stud breeders Kate and Murk Schoen of Schoen Pastoral ‘Aarden’ located at COROWA NSW. The group of 45 rising two-year-old bulls will run in a rye grass and clover paddock maintaining their 100% pasture raised status.

Following our move from Queensland to King Island 5 years ago we have been selling bulls privately while building our numbers and adjusting to the contrasting management and environmental variances.

After a five-year absence from public auction sales we now return with our Raff Angus ‘Pedigrees with a difference’ Bull Sale on Monday 21 September 2020.This sale will occur on the Elite Livestock Live In-room Online Auction platform. Inspection days are to occur several days before sale - Friday 11th September - or by prior arrangement if required.

Pre-sale photos and videos with all pedigree information will be available in an online catalogue. These bulls will all be DNA Sire Verified and Genomic tested. Each bull has also been ear notched tested free for Pesti-virus. Their Ultrasound Scanning information, weights and frame score data will be available early August. Vaccinations of 7in1, Pestiguard and Tick Fever have occurred. All bulls will have been Breeding Soundness evaluated. Go to SALES page for more information…

Raff Angus stud females produce best weight gain progeny for a pen of six grain-fed steers (370 days) in the 2020 RNA Paddock to Palate Wagyu Challenge Competition.

The RNA Paddock to Palate competition may be the nation's richest beef competition of its kind, but for many entrants it's about more than the prize money up for grabs. Commercial and stud producers alike continue to enter the prestigious event as a way to benchmark their operations against other producers.

Jamie Sturrock, Austpec Pastoral general manager - Drillham Queensland, was delighted when their pen of Wagyu steers from Raff Angus females took out best weight gain for a pen of six grain-fed steers (370 days) in the 2020 RNA Paddock to Palate Wagyu Challenge Competition. They recorded an average daily weight gain of 1.239 kilograms.

They also claimed the highest individual weight gain with an ADG of 1.39kg. Austpec Pastoral started five years ago with the purchase of the Raff Family’s property “Mundibulanga” in 2015. They also purchased near 100 of the Raff Angus stud cows with heifer calves at foot. These steers were produced from those cows.

Raff AngusRaff bred steers top Dalby Feeder and Store Challenge sale

A tidy draft of eleven steers from Ben and Karen Usher made top money at the recent Dalby Feeder and Store Challenge sale in south east Queensland.

After more than twelve months of severe drought, weeks on end of carting water and day after day of droving their cattle on public roads the Usher family were rewarded for the perseverance when their 447kg milk and two tooth steers sold for 452 cents/kg to return $2,023/hd. Located near Warwick Ben has been a loyal client to the Raff program having purchased their first bull in 2010.

Raff AngusSteers by Raff bulls win Taste Test Competition and weight gain classes

Clermont based cattle producers Eli and Michelle Vogel achieved outstanding success at the 2020 Clermont Cattlemen’s Challenge.

This competition saw a number of entries of varying breeds and crosses compete within a paddock to plate format. Five steers sired by Raff Angus bulls were entered by the Vogels.

These steers placed as follows...

  • 1st – Highest weight gain on grass
  • 3rd – Highest weight gain on grain
  • 1st – Highest overall weight gain (pen of 3 steers)
  • 1st – Taste Test Competition – MSA Index Results

The Vogels are relatively new clients to the Raff Angus program having purchased their first bulls at the last on-property sale in Queensland in 2015. However, since then they have purchased numerous bulls and rely on trust and integrity of the Raff Family in providing ‘the right type’ as most bulls have since been bought sight unseen.

Raff Angus King IslandVogels' success with top Raff Angus bulls
Queensland Country Life
27 February 2020

The decision to focus heavily on purchasing Raff Angus bulls to place over their mixed breeding herd has proven to be a winning one for Clermont-based commercial beef cattle producers Eli and Michelle Vogel....read more


Raff Angus King Island22 month old Raff Angus pedigree recorded Autumn born steers.

View the Video of our 22 month old Raff Angus pedigree recorded Autumn born steers. These steers were weighed on 5 February. The complete group averaged 708kg having gained 205 kilograms over the past 120 days for a daily gain of 1.715kg/day - 100% pasture raised. These are full genetic brothers to our Autumn sale bulls currently for sale. We will receive individual carcase feedback on these steers within the next few months – it will be posted once received.


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Raff Angus King IslandRaff story shows its ok to change beef business direction
Queensland Country Life
23 January 2020

If ever a time could reinforce the Raff family's decision to sell up at Drillham and move to King Island, Tasmania, it's now. As they watch livestock operations on the mainland battle bushfires, floods and one failed season after another, the Raff's herd has doubled.... View story here

Raff Angus New stud sire - Raff Fonzie K135

Raff Fonzie K135 was the last lot to sell at the Raff Family’s last on-property bull sale held at Drillham before re-locating to King Island in 2015. Selling to the McNicholl Family “Arklow” Dulacca his catalogue sale comments noted – “…Stud sire potential. We may just decide to keep this bull as his pedigree contains four of the most influential cows – Moriah 822, Blackbird 5217, Burnette M51 and Doris S128 – all of which have had a major impact in our herd…”. 4 ½ years later Fonzie K135 has crossed Bass Strait to re-join the Raff Angus breeding program on King Island.

Pictured – Lee McNicholl pictured feeding cottonseed and sorghum stubble to Fonzie and other herd bulls on farm when in severe drought at Dulacca December 2019.

Raff Angus Angus thriving in Goodwins' Blackwater-based Operation

Queensland Country Life, November 2019



Raff Angus bulls for saleSydney Show Angus Feature Breed Sale 2019
The Raff Family would sincerely like to thank the successful purchasers and underbidders who supported us at this years Sydney Show Angus Feature Breed Sale. This was our first public outing showcasing Raff Angus following our relocation to King Island. We were very proud of how our cattle presented and extremely humbled with the sale results – 4 bulls averaged $21,250, 1 x cow/calf unit sold for $19,000 and 2 un-joined heifers averaged $9,000 for an overall average on seven head @ $17,428.
Raff Magnum M165 – sold to Greenlands Pastoral Co. Ben Lomond NSW for $17,000
Raff Nugget N29 – sold to Llandarlo Angus Stud, Cudgewa VIC for $9,000
Raff Nightcap N42 – sold to Wallangra Angus Stud, at Wandoan QLD for $25,000
Raff Necessity N205  – sold to Oakland Park Angus Stud, Kempsey NSW for $34,000
Raff Blackbird J460 - sold to Greenlands Pastoral Co. Ben Lomond NSW for $19,000
Raff Lady Durham N135 – sold to Oakland Park Angus Stud, Kempsey NSW for $10,000
Raff Duchess N168 - sold to Oakland Park Angus Stud, Kempsey NSW for $8,000

Read post-sale write up. https://www.stockandland.com.au/story/6065207/angus-centenary-sale-tops-at-34000/?cs=4592


Raff Angus 2019 NewsletterRaff Angus 2019 Newsletter

Seven of our best destined for the Sydney Royal Angus Feature Show and Sale
Drillham Queensland to King Island, Tasmania - was the move worth it?
Weaning weights break records

And more....



Raff Angus heifers ultrasound scanningRaff Angus heifers yarded for ultrasound scanning for Carcase Data collection.


View scanning results for heifers here

Raff Angus Golden AnniversaryNew AI sire from the United Kingdom – semen packages available.

Following the success of recent United Kingdom genetics carefully introduced into our herd over recent years we are now pleased introduce Idvies Eric S735. Weighing 1100kg’s at just 20 months he is a moderate frame score 7. Semen packages of 10 straws sell at $100/dose. Click here for his pedigree and performance information.

Raff Angus Golden AnniversaryRaff Angus purchase new cow - Vermont Champagne C371 CCVC371

Her sale comments from Stephen Handbury Anvil Angus – C371, one of the original Right Time cows we purchased at the Vermont Dispersal. Anyone who has travelled to the US will know the significance of Right Time to the Angus cow herd. He was the first cow maker of the modern Angus era. Only a very limited amount of semen was ever bought into Australia and at one time I even sold a single straw for $2,600. So knowing this we chased what Right Time cows we could both here and abroad. When C371 came up in the dispersal and she was physically everything we expected we added her to our herd. At the time of writing the catalogue she has calved 9 calves all within a month of each other each spring, including her last calf that featured in our Autumn bull sale. I fully expect she will make the sale with her 10th calf at foot. Even for her age she still offers great birth weight, positive fat and fantastic net feed efficiency. If we were to continue our program she was certainly entering our donor program.

Raff Angus Golden AnniversaryHow drought pushed well-known Queensland cattle breeder to move to King Island for rainfall
Landline Story - October 2015

The Raff family have bred Angus bulls for 50 years and celebrate this milestone with their 2015 bull sale on property at Mundibulanga, Drillham, August 10.A well known Queensland stud cattle breeder says years of drought and the changing climate is why his family sold its Queensland property and relocated half their herd to King Island. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-10-10/cattle-breeders-move-from-queensland-to-king-island/6842102

Raff Angus Golden AnniversaryGlory of Golden Anniversary for Raff Angus
Queensland Country Life 30 July 2015

The Raff family have bred Angus bulls for 50 years and celebrate this milestone with their 2015 bull sale on property at Mundibulanga, Drillham, August 10.

They are presenting a draft of bulls that truly reflect the type of animal they set out to produce from their humble beginnings in 1965. >> Read more

On Property "Mundibulanga" Monday 10 August 2015, 12 noon

>> Download Catalogue

Raff Angus 50 years of stud breedingRaff's 50 Years of Stud Breeding by David Raff
Queensland Country Life 30 July 2015

From a very young age I developed a fascination for breeding stud beef cattle - my ambition in life was to become a successful beef bull breeder... >> Read more

Hercules and Jackpot stand out from the herd

Over a 1/4 of the sale catalogue are Raff Empire E269 sons... >> Read more

Raff Angus Land Aggregation


Raff Angus Land Aggregation Auction ~ View Video | View Property Brochure

Raff Angus Land Aggregation - 2713 ha (6705 acres) approx
A Multipurpose Investment in Agricultural Production

Raff Angus Land Aggregation, the home of Raff Angus is located in the heart of some of the country’s leading bull breeding, fattening, backgrounding and feedlot enterprises. Offering the astute buyer quality country, infrastructure and improvements with location being a feature.

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Newsletter, May 2015

Celebrating 50 years of Breeding Angus 1965 - 2015

How it all began
Major Cattle achievements
King Island - the land of opposites
Fifty years in the breeding - all records broken
Beef Australia 2015
Raff Angus Bull Sale brought forward - 10 August 2015

>> Newsletter (8mb)

Raff Angus Bull & Female Sale 16 February 2015
On-property @ “Mundibulanga” Drillham
Sale starts at 12 midday. Interfaced with Auctionsplus | Sales Manager – GTSM

>> View Lot Photos (NB scroll down to view)
>> Download Sale Catalogue Please Note: Printed Catalogues will not be sent to all members. If you wish to receive a printed catalogue please click here to Request a Catalogue.
>> Lot breakup - 348 head sell within 179 lots
>> Female and Bull Sale Supplementary Sheet
>> Click here to view Angus Australia Catalogue

Queensland Country Life

Raff Reliability
01 April 2015
Andrew Raff, Raff Angus, Drillham, reflects on his time in the beef industry.

Click Full screen on left of video to enlarge

2014 Bull Sale
September 2014

>> BULL SALE CATALOGUE available now
>> Click here to view Bull Sale Editorial Preview
>> Click here to view catalogue listing
>> Click here to view YouTube Video Raff Angus Breeding Females
>> Updated Weights and Measurements (27 Sept 2014)

Country Life, October 2014
Interview with the Wilkinson family, “Messines” Guyra NSW – buyers of the top and second top priced bulls.

Interview with Tim Joseland “Eltham” Isisford QLD – volume buyer at Raff Angus bull sale

Raff Angus purchase new Australian sire
June 2014

Raff Angus is excited to announce the purchase of Cherylton Stewie D19 for $20,000 from Cherylton Angus in Western Australia. The sale agreement allows Cherylton Angus to retain 100% semen and marketing rights with Raff Angus securing 100% walking rights to him. >> Read more

Raff Empire son available for export
April 2014

We are pleased to advise that Raff Hercules H411 has now qualified for export to the EU and his semen is now
available. Raff Hercules H411 was calved on 13th September 2012. He is sired by the world acclaimed Raff Empire E269 >> Read more

Raff Angus Newsletter
April 2014

A Visit to the United Kingdom by David Raff : In June 2013 Jill and I spent a month in the United Kingdom visiting Aberdeen-Angus herds in England and Scotland culminating in a visit to the Royal Highland Show at Edinburgh. The purpose of the visit was to research the Angus breed in that country, the founding country of the Angus cattle breed over 200 years ago, and to search for suitable genetics to import to take the Raff Angus to the next level. I last visited the UK in 1980 when I spent six months there on a Nuffield scholarship. >> Read more


Raff Angus sells semen into Zimbabwe
Raff Angus sells semen into Zimbabwe

An ambitious Angus stud and beef breeding operation through to branded premium beef production is being established in Zimbabwe, a country dominated by tropically infused cattle. >> Read more

Raff Angus supports the 2014 National Youth Angus Roundup
Raff Angus supports the 2014 National Youth Angus Roundup
January 2014

Raff Angus supported this year’s event with a team of eight heifers and eight beef enthusiasts who joined with over 150 fellow young people from all over the country who gathered in Toowoomba to participate in the Angus Youth event of the year – the Angus Youth Roundup 2014 in January. >> Read more

Raff Angus Bull Sale 23 September 2013

>> 2013 Bull Sale Catalogue

For more information on our Bull Sale go to our Sales page




Raff Angus claims Australian 'first' with Prime Star genetics

Raff Angus claims Australian 'first' with Prime Star genetics
7 March 2013
Queensland Country Life
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Raff Angus claims Australian 'first' with Prime Star genetics

Raff Angus Newsletter
August 2013


>> Raff Newsletter August 2013

>> Raff Newsletter February 2013

Raff Angus claims Australian 'first' with Prime Star genetics

Raff Empire wins Bronze Medal in Angus - Champion of the World 2012
April 2013

The "Angus - Champion of the World 2012" and "Angus - Miss World 2012" competitions were judged between April 1st and April, 7th 2012. The competition consisted of 92 National Champions from 42 countries. Raff Empire E269 won Gold in Class 10 and then went on to win Bronze in Class 15; which judges the winner of the Angus - Champion of the World title.

>> Link to Angus Australia website >> Angus Australia article >> Champions of the World 2012

Raff Angus claims Australian 'first' with Prime Star genetics

Raff Angus female creates $30,000 Queensland record
By Peter Lowe
21 March 2013
Queensland Country Life
>> Read More and View Video
>> Article

A new $40,000 record for Raff Angus bull at 2012 sale
24 September 2012

A large crowd of 250 buyers and spectators were at “Mundibulanga” Drillham on Monday to witness a new Raff record auction top price sale of $40,000 selling to regular buyers the Wilkinson family of ‘Messines’ Guyra New South Wales.
>> Read More >> View YouTube Video

Three year mission to sell ‘Northern Angus’ concludes
by Jon Condon 13 Aug 2012 - courtesy www.beefcentral.com

The Raff family, perhaps Queensland’s best-known breeders of Black Angus cattle, on Friday completed a three-year mission to elevate the national awareness of the quality of ‘northern’ Angus seedstock on a high note. >> Read More

Beef Australia Rockhampton 2012 Results

Senior and Grand Champion Angus Bull - Raff Empire E269 >> Read More

Raff Angus Eyes Export Market After Beef Week Success
by James Nason 8 May 2012 - courtesy www.beefcentral.com
The Raff family’s champion sire Raff Empire E269 has finished his all-conquering stud showing career in fine style by winning grand champion Angus bull honours at the triennial Beef 2012 exhibition at Rockhampton today >> Read More

Dubbo Beef Spectacular Results
March 2012

Reserve Junior Champion bull  - Raff Flash F187
Reserve Senior Champion bull - Raff Freddo F143
>> Read More

Raff Purchase New Sire - Stoney Point Fever Pitch F93

Earlier this year Raff Angus purchased Stoney Point Fever Pitch F93 at auction for South Australia's highest priced sale bull at $19,000. >> Read More

Sydney Royal Easter Show Results 2012
Senior Champion Bull – C S Gordon Perpetual Trophy – Raff Empire E269
Reserve Senior Champion Bull – Raff Flash F187
Grand Champion Bull – The Fordhouse Perpetual Trophy - Raff Empire E269
Most Successful Exhibitor – Raff Beef Cattle >> Read More

2012 Female Sale - Raff Blackbird G306 tops at $17,000
26 March 2012 - 145 lots

>> Download Female Sale Catalogue

Allora Show Results 10 February 2012 Clifton Show Results 18 February 2012

Allora: Supreme Beef Exhibit - Raff Doris D48 with bull calf at foot by Raff Duke D367
Clifton: Grand Champion British Breed Exhibit - Raff Duchess E14 with heifer calf at foot by Raff Exterminator E201 >> Read More

Guyra Show Results
18 February 2012

Supreme Beef Exhibit - Raff Doris D48 with bull calf at foot by Raff Duke D367
>> Read More

Raff Storm Melbourne Royal - Empire Strikes Back
September 2011

The barnstorming Raff Empire E269 who missed major accolades at Brisbane has thundered back in Melbourne claiming Supreme Angus Exhibit at the breed’s feature show along with Supreme Interbreed Bull and Supreme Beef Exhibit of the Show. >> Read More

2011 Bull Sale Report
September 2011

A record crowd of 200 buyers and visitors attended the annual Raff Angus bull sale at “Mundibulanga” to witness the largest offering of bulls to ever sell for a record average price of $7,165 with all lots selling through the ring in just 120 minutes. >> Read More

Brisbane Royal Show Results 2011
August 2011

1st Sire/Dam Progeny Group -Raff Angus; 1st Breeders Group - Raff Angus
2nd Pair Bulls - Raff Angus >> Read more

Show Results
January - June 2011

Results for Farmfest, Longreach, Mitchell, Taroom, Goondiwindi, Sydney, Dubbo, Tara, Guyra, Clifton, Allora, Stanthorpe >> Read More

Back to the Future Field Day
23 March 2011
Five years after scientists mapped the bovine genome, the cutting edge science has moved out of the laboratory and into the paddock at Drillham in western Queensland.  In an Australian first, the Raff family has tested its entire Angus seed-stock breeding herd with Pfizer Animal Genetics’ HD50K tool for Angus cattle. >> Read More

Raff Bull Builds Show Empire
February 2011

If he was a horse he'd be virtually unbackable having achieved four wins from as many starts.
>> Read More

Bullish Outlook at 100th Clifton Show
February 2011

Unrivalled star of the stud beef cattle was supreme exhibit and earlier grand champion Angus bull Raff Empire E269, shown by David and Jill Raff and family, Raff Angus, Drillham. >> Read more

Show Results 2010

Results for National Youth, Adelaide, Brisbane, Farmfest, Miles, Taroom, St George, Bell, Sydney, Dubbo, Glen Innes, Allora >> Read More


Raff Angus Storms to $20,000 Success
September 2010
102 bulls av $6088, top $20,000, 100% clearance

CONSOLIDATED Pastoral Company's Isis Downs complex has secured a Raff Angus bull to serve as one of its leading sires in an ongoing bid to inject more British meat quality into their northern herd. >> Read More

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