Head to the Hills

Call: 02 6946 5141

 

Call: 02 6946 5141

History

  • YavenVale Herefords is a family-owned business operated by James & Nicki and Pat & Helen Pearce. The stud was founded in 1999 on 500 registered females of pure GVPC blood following a family restructure.
  • The main property “YavenVale”, where the annual on-property bull sale is held is located in the Yaven Creek area, 40km south of Adelong and 48km north of Tumbarumba. YavenVale is undulating country, running to a peak of 777 metres with a 1000mm average rainfall.
  • The stud has grown to number over 1000 registered females and with the recent addition of “Riverview” near Borambola, Wagga Wagga now encompasses 1900 hectares spread over four different properties.
  • Poll blood was introduced to our herd for the first time in 2002 – this has increased to the point approximately 50% of the Yavenvale females are poll bred.
  • YavenVale utilises Breedplan as a selection and management tool and all stud cattle have complete Breedplan figures, including analysis for growth and carcase data. We have a balanced performance program that focuses on superior milk, muscle, marbling and growth EBVs with phenotype and structural correctness completing the genetic package.
  • YavenVale is the home of Hereford marbling with over 350 active females ranking in the top 5% of the breed for IMF (intra muscular fat). Lot 82 in our 2014 sale, Yavenvale Hilltop is the number one ranked bull in the breed for IMF for 2012 born calves.
  • Artificial Insemination is heavily utilised at Yavenvale. Depending on seasonal conditions 200-300 females are inseminated annually using semen from our top selling bulls (eg. Yavenvale Fusion, Yavenvale Guru) and genetics from leading studs in Australia, NZ and North America.
  • Yavenvale has had four sires accepted into the Herefords Australia (HAL) progeny test program in each of the first four years it has been held. Sires are accepted on the basis of outstanding EBVs, dollar indexes and genetic potential.
  • Yavenvale was awarded Reserve Champion in the 2013 RASV Heifer Challenge run during Stock & Land Beef Week. The competition took place over the eight days of beef week in southern NSW & Victoria with over 600 heifers entered. This was after Yavenvale was a finalist in the inaugural (2012) competition. The 10 registered heifers were judged for presentation, physical correctness, femineity, feet and legs, uniformity and temperament.