Cree History

1930:
John Richard (Dick) McGuigan ran Hereford cattle on predominately open forest country at “Kooyong” Monto in the North Burnett.

Early 1940’s
purchased a line of Hereford cows from the Hutchinson family of “Woolton Stn”, Theodore who alongside their commercial operation sold a line of stud bulls yearly.

C.1943:
These were the foundation breeders along with a line of stud cows and heifers purchased from Ernie Zillman from the Old Rawbelle Poll Hereford Stud Eidsvold.

Stud Bulls were also sourced from the Brisbane Exhibition stud sales.

1952:
Tom Pownall (Dick’s brother in-law) purchased a Santa Gertrudis bull from “Risdon” Warwick at the first Santa Gertrudis sale and began crossbreeding with Herefords.

1956:
William John McGuigan (John) joined the partnership and saw the benefits of the crossbred Santa Gertrudis/Hereford provided for his Uncles Tom & Geoff Pownall.

1967:
John & Merriel purchased 2 SantaGertrudis Bulls from Eidsvold Station, 9 used Gyranda bulls from Geoff Pownall. At this time there were a limited number of pure bred bulls available due to the grading up time frame, demand and the closing of the imports.

3 Brahman bulls were also obtained to go over the last of the remaining pure bred Herefords to speed up the adaptability process.

1963:
John’s brother Bruce travelled to New Zealand where he met his future wife Jan Thompson.

1970:
Bruce learnt the art of pregnancy testing from his borther in-law who was a vet.

Pregnancy Testing was introduced into the “Kooyong” herd and still continues today at Cree, 51 years later.

1992:
Shaun & Jo joined the partnership and began the grading-up program selecting the best quality cows from 1000 commercial “Kooyong” females founding the “Cree” stud herd.

1999:
Shaun introduced Electronic herd recording and the entire herd was recorded on Stockbook (Practical Systems). *Mothering up and assigning sires began.

2000:
Cree Stud was registered with the classification of the first 3X females.

Cree joined Group Breedplan, measuring the herds, growth, fertility and carcass traits.

2020:
To date EBVs generated since 1999, currently a 4 ½ star for completeness of recording.

Cree bulls are from a herd that is accurately recorded and publicized.

John McGuigan, lending a hand a branding time.

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