Lake Station Farm Near St Arnaud Open for Bull Walk ahead of Auction; Rain Keeps Attendance Low

Lake Station Farm Near St Arnaud Open for Bull Walk ahead of Auction; Rain Keeps Attendance Low

A bull walk at the Lake Station farm close to St Arnaud, managed by Malcolm and Ingrid McConachie gives a great chance to the potential buyers to find a perfect stud for their farm. Though the rain did not draw too many people on Saturday but it could not keep away some country farmers who are too keen to visit the auction and find a breeding sire for their farm weigh a number of factors to unearth the bulls they think is a right match for their farm.

Since 1982, the couple, Malcolm and Ingrid McConachie has been breeding Hereford bulls but are comparatively newer than the third and fourth generation breeders.

The couple wants to continue doing it as they want the bulls to be perfect, which is not an easy task, says Ingrid McConachie. Producing an elite breeding stud could be something that a breeder might achieve once or twice in their lifetime.

Malcolm McConachie "I think it's probably 50 per cent luck and 50 per cent ability. It's a matter of getting the right mix of phenotype and genotype and what suits you may not suit everybody else, but at the end of the day if you get somewhere in between you've got a pretty good mix."

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