Since our first conception with the Charolais breed, our focus has been to provide fertile and structurally sound cattle, which of course equals LONGEVITY.
Add growth, softness, adequate fat cover and most importantly the ability to fatten on natural grass at a young age and you have A COMPLETE PACKAGE FOR THE COMMERCIAL PRODUCER.
Because we are both a stud and commercial enterprise we carefully trial and monitor the performance of our entire herd. We have proved that Charolais do far better in all situations than the numerous other breeds that we run here at “Moongool”. It’s always good to receive positive feedback from our many clients. Our bulls’ progeny had much success again in 2011 in numerous carcase and prime cattle competitions, especially in central Queensland. We also had pleasing results at various country shows and we won the most successful Charolais Exhibitor for 2011 at the Brisbane Ekka, along with Reserve Junior Champion Bull and Grand Champion Charbray Bull.
History of Moongool and More About the Price Family
In the 1850s Moongool consolidated holding was composed of the runs of several blocks. In 1884 the “Runs” were consolidated but were not divided until April 1888. T.L.N. Fitzgerald obtained the first lease on one portion of the run and acquired depasturing rights on the resumed portion.
Moongool, which is only 16km south of Yuleba, was purchased by the Price Family in 1954 for 2/6 an acre. It consisted of brigalow, belah, box and sandalwood scrub. Those were the days! Fences were few and far between. Mustering took place most days with a (newspaper wrapped) lunch in the saddle bag. Those pioneering days are gone and we now have a successful breeding and fattening enterprise here at Moongool, where we run a commercial herd of 1400 Charloais cross cows.
Our Charolais Stud was founded in 1985 and now has a registered herd of 800 females, 300 of which run at “Triangle”, Ben Lomond NSW and the remainder at “Noorindoo”, Surat. “Noorindoo” is also home for Ivan and Helen, Iva, Hunter and new addition Tori. Located on the Condamine River between Yuleba and Surat is “Bookooi”. This property is used for backgrounding. Our other property “Leabrae” joins Moongool and this is where we pasture our weaner heifers each year. This area’s annual rainfall is supposed to be 24 inches.
Our Ben Lomond property “Triangle” is managed by Brad and Lisa Martin and family. This is where we run stud cows and heifers so Brad is kept rather busy with AI work and preg. testing. We also transport our commercial yearling cattle to “Triangle” onto lush improved pastures. Triangle’s average yearly rainfall is 42 inches. Our steers are then sold mostly direct to meat works in NSW and Queensland. The old people (Ian and Dell) live at Moongool. The other member of our family is Alison (a vet) who has lived overseas for the past 10 years, and is presently living and working in Malawi where she is doing HIV research. Alison will continue her work there for another 2 years.