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 annual rainfall.
  • The stud has grown to number over 1000 registered females and with the recent addition of “Monavale” near Ladysmith, Wagga Wagga now encompasses 2467 hectares spread over five different properties.
  • Poll blood was introduced to our herd for the first time in 2002 – this has increased to the point approximately 95% 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 400 active females ranking in the top 5% of the breed for IMF (intra muscular fat). Yavenvale Juke J022 is of the highest IMF sires in the breed at +3.1 and we continue to place selection pressure on this important trait.
  • 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 Jeronimo, Yavenvale Legend) and genetics from leading studs in Australia, NZ and North America.
  • The use of embryo transfer is gradually growing at Yavenvale. Depending on flush results between 20-40 embryos are implanted on an annual basis from some of our elite females (eg. Yavenvale Treasure D403). In 2017 seven sons of D403 grossed $99,500 including Yavenvale Legend L329 who sold to Tarcombe Herefords for $41,000.
  • Yavenvale has had seven sires accepted into the Herefords Australia (HAL) progeny test program and three sires accepted into the Black Baldy Trial. Sires are accepted on the basis of outstanding EBVs, dollar indexes and genetic potential. The Yavenvale sires have either topped our annual sale or have been retained as stud sires.
  • In 2017 Yavenvale was named in the top 100 NSW producers for the MSA Excellence in Eating Quality Awards. This award was important recognition for the high standard of cattle that we have been supplying to branded beef products such as Hereford True and Teys Grasslands. There were over 6.3 million cattle graded nationally under the MSA scheme between 2015 – 2017 and 5240 producers consigned cattle from NSW. Judging criteria included MSA compliance levels and average MSA index – Yavenvale genetics are performing on the highest industry stage!  
  • 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. Yavenvale was a finalist in the inaugural (2012) competition and again in 2017. The 10 registered heifers were judged for presentation, physical correctness, femininity, feet and legs, uniformity and temperament.