History

Billabong Stud History:

Reserve Senior Champion Droughtmaster Cow at Beef 97
Billabong 742W


 

Billabong Stud is a family operation run by John and Catherine Hicks, Ray and Moya Hicks and family, based at "Billabong" near Moura in Central Queensland, Australia. The property of Billabong has been home for the Hicks family for over 50 years, we run Droughtmaster and Brahman herds on Billabong, and on Mt. Aldis and on Sandra Downs at Bauhinia Downs.

The Droughtmaster Foundation stud of Alanray was started by LG Hicks and sons and began with a draft of heifers purchased from Monty Atkinson of Mungalla Stud Ingham and Glen Ruth Stud, Mt Garnet; heifers were also purchased from Jarvis Collins of Wandilla Stud, Marlborough. Following these purchases numbers were built up using Wairuna Red Brahman Bulls and Stud shorthorn cows using the Droughtmaster appendix registering D System.

When the family partnership was dissolved Billabong Droughtmaster Stud was formed from a selection of the Alanray Stud Cows. While selecting for structural soundness, quiet temperament, short coats for tick resistance and fertility our herd was ever on the increase to a point when we were travelling to sales at Clermont, Longreach, Charters Towers, Roma, Springsure, and Rockhampton every year selling bulls.

A Group of Billabong Droughtmaster Bulls in yards at Billabong in 1966.

The decision was made to hold an annual on-property sale at Billabong, after constructing a sale complex, in September 1998 we held our inaugural sale. A Sale highlight was Billabong Toshi who sold at our 2010 Sale to the Salter Family Glenfosslyn Droughtmaster Stud & The Vievers family, Talgai Droughtmaster Stud for $60,000 making him the top priced bull sold at auction of any breed.

Our on-property sale is currently the only sale-ring we sell our droughtmaster bulls through but all year round we do have both commercial and stud bulls available for sale. We have also held a couple of  Female sales in our Billabong Complex  where we have sold between 140 and 180 registered droughtmaster females.We also have sell lines of both commercial and stud droughtmaster heifers all year round.

 

Over the years we have sold our cattle to Vietnam, Mexico, New Guniea, Western Australia, Northern Territory, South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria.

 

Brahman Stud History:

The first Brahman bull used at Alanray/Billabong was by Wairuna Tom and he was mated to red Shorthorn Cows from Natal Downs in 1959/1960. Some early sires were used from Avondale and Mimosa. About the same time a draft of both red and grey cows were purchased from Ossie Clark, Allawah, Banana. Females also came from Banyak Suka, Tartrus and Cherokee Studs.

Until a few years ago we continued to run both red and grey brahman herds but then sold our entire herd of grey cows to a single breeder and have concentrated on our red herd since.

We sell our Brahman bulls through the annual Brahman Week sale in Rockhampton Brahman Sale in October/November every year. Throughout the year we have both stud and commercial bulls and females for sale.

We select our Brahmans for their structural soundness, quiet temperament, and fertility.

At Billabong our motto has always been Excellence and Satisfaction.

 

 

Some images from the past

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