Regan and Karen Burow with Peter Cook,
Barana Stud, Coolah NSW


Digby Schnickel




2008 Bull Sale Results

Thank you to everyone who attended our 2008 Simmental Bull Sale; and a special mention to the bidders and underbidders of the day. This year’s sale brought with it highlights as well as minor disappointment with 16 of 23 well-muscled, easy-doing bulls sold from what was, by all accounts, considered an outstanding, strong line-up of bulls. The result reflecting a sheer case of supply outweighing the demand of Simmentals required in the region.
We were wrapped to see the top priced bull, Yerwal Estate Balboa, make $6,500 and go to Peter Cook, from the well respected Barana stud at Coolah NSW. GW Jones of Mount Gambier secured the second top priced bull, Yerwal Estate Banks, for $5,250.
The volume buyers of the day were the Moore family, long standing and loyal clients from Penola. Jim and Melinda Moore made an impressive selection of three bulls to a top of $4,750 and an average of $3,083; while Kingsley and Margaret Moore purchased two bulls to a top of $4,000.
The New Year brings with it new opportunities and promise and a grand bull sale combining our offering; everyone at Yerwal Estate will rise to the occasion with our typical gusto, style and exceptional cattle at affordable prices.


Sale summary 2008

Offered 23 26
Sold 15 23
Top Price $6500 $5000 (2)
Average $3233 $3598


Yerwal Estate Simmies to $6500 top

BUYERS were in the box seat at Yerwal Estate’s sixth annual Simmental sale at Lucindale on Saturday, with ten bulls selling for $3000 or less.
And despite a tremendous offering of good shaped, well-muscled, easy doing bulls just 15 of the 23 bulls sold through the ring for a $3233 average.
The most likely cause for the flat sale was the larger number of Simmental bulls offered by South East studs this year which were unable to be absorbed by commercial vealer and weaner herds.
One of the highlights for vendors Trevor, Regan and Karen Burow was the sale of their $6500 top priced bull into a stud herd.
The respected New South Wales based Barana stud at Coolah bought Yerwal Estate Balboa- a March 2006 drop son of Woonallee Y3 weighing 936kilograms with a massive raw eye muscle area measurement of 138 square centimetres.
Stud principal Peter Cook described his new eye-appealing purchase as a “complete package” for its muscle, softness and doing ability.
GW Jones, Mount Gambier secured the second top priced bull, Yerwal Estate Banks with a bid of $5250.
Other loyal clients among the 18 registered bidders included Jim and Melinda Moore, Penola with three bulls to a $4750 top and $3083 average, and Kingsley and Margaret Moore, also of Penola who bought two bulls to a $4000 top.
Yerwal Estate stud principal Regan Burow said the inquiry at their field day earlier in the week had been “exceptional” but their usual volume buyers had capitalised on quality bulls at reasonable prices at earlier sales.
“It was a sheer case of supply and demand,” Regan said.
He said it was likely the sale which was brought forward to coincide with the other local Simmental sales would remain at the same time next year.
And looking ahead to the 2009 sale Regan said he has received many favourable comments on their new exciting genetics, yearlings sired by Woonallee Africa.
Africa produced some of the high priced lots in the Woonallee sale this year.
Landmark and Thomas DeGaris & Clarkson conducted the sale with Malcolm Scroop and Darren Maney the auctioneers.





Hannah Copping and Rhys Lambert

Yerwal Estate Inaugural Cattle Award for two Lucindale Area School Young Guns

Regan together with Damien Brookes, Senior Agricultural Coordinator at Lucindale Area School, have been busy ‘nutting out’ an annual sponsorship package for two senior school ag students. Two rising stars of the cattle industry will be selected each year to receive some extra opportunities and support. The aim is to assist and encourage a career within the cattle industry and open some doors for future involvement.
The package includes:
Two steers supplied by Yerwal Estate for entry in the SA Junior Heifer Expo, Royal Adelaide Show and country shows
Additional subsidies to cover entry fees, accommodation, meals etc
Assistance with preparation and breaking-in the cattle
Support and assistance at the SA Junior Heifer Expo, Royal Adelaide Show and country shows
Support to enable the students to enter the Young Handlers Competition at the Royal Adelaide Show
An invitation to work behind the scenes at the Yerwal Estate Annual Bull Sale
A Yerwal Estate t-shirt and baseball cap as a memento of their award

This year’s successful students have been announced as Hannah Copping and Rhys Lambert with the excitement building amongst the student body. Rhys and Hannah’s progress will be featured in our Yerwal Estate Bull Sale catalogue early next year. In the mean time if you happen to be at any of these events, drop in and say G’day. It would be great to see you!



Hannah with Yerwal Estate Cimmo


Rhys with Yerwal Estate Curious

SA Junior Heifer Expo – 2008 Results

Rhys Lambert and Hannah Copping are to be congratulated on their performances at the SA Junior Heifer Expo held in July.

Both Students achieved 3rd place in their respective Handlers classes and 3rd place for both steers in the on hoof competitions.

Not only did they perform really well in the first ever competition but their presentation and behaviour was outstanding; a true credit to their parents and the Lucindale Area School. Yerwal Estate is proud to be associated with them. Well done!





Landmark stud stock auctioneer Gordon Wood, Yerwal Estate stud principal Regan Burow, Lucindale and buyer of the $8000 top priced bull Liz Skeer, Kestal, Thornlea and her father Richard Tynan (second from right), Beachport. It was the second year in a row Yerwal Estate topped the PBG sale.



The End of an Era

The Performance Breeders Group has been a fantastic grounding for this young dynamic group of Angus breeders of the Limestone Coast over the past five years.
These six studs have made their presence felt and are now well recognised throughout the industry for their breeding styles and passion. Increased interest and heightened demand has seen the PBG outgrow its humble beginnings with some of the foundation studs now moving forward in different directions and further pursuing their aims.
By and large the original members will remain in regular contact offering support, encouragement and the traditional banter. Yerwal Estate and Bendleby Angus will continue their joint SA Stud Beef Field Days shindig offering the best genetics, renowned catering and good company to all.








Twisty Barr and Regan Burow

Making cattle handling stress free for operator and animal

Kelvin “Twisty” Barr is a well known identity in cattle circles throughout the region. He’s been working for local beef producers in both the South East and Western Victoria for the past 10 years. Armed with up to 16 predominantly kelpie dogs in his custom built ute crate, Twisty travels up to 8 months a year while his wife Jill, daughter Kirra-lee and son Peter stay in Pinnaroo to run the farm.

Primarily used to train weaners in yard handling prior to sale the advantages of using Twisty are endless. Heifers are calmer for ET and AI programs, steers settle quicker for feedlotters and back-rounders and bulls cope better with the stresses of auctions and re-locations.

Twisty also competes nationally in Sheep Dog Trials with outstanding results. Many may have seen him at the SE Field Days at Lucindale each March where he and son, Peter, are regulars.

Yerwal Estate has been using Twisty and his dog army for 3 years on its yearling bulls and heifers with excellent results. The cattle are calmer and easier to handle both individually and in large mobs. In their specific circumstance, the cattle mainly see Regan for 11 months of the year and the sudden increase in visitors during the SA Stud Beef Field Days and on-farm bull sale used to be a stressful intrusion. Now 3 years on, specific breeding for docility and Twisty’s annual visits have made a significant difference in relaxing the cattle and from all accounts they are more accepting of new experiences and environments.


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Yerwal Estate Bambi B615

Royal Success

Simmentals were the feature breed at the Royal Adelaide Show in 2007 and Regan showed his first Simmental heifer, Yerwal Estate Bambi B615. (She’s by Yerwal Estate Valentino V150 out of Yerwal Estate V059.) Bambi went on to be Junior Champion Female after winning her class. She is now on farm raring a cracking bull calf.









Woonallee Africa

Woonallee Africa

During 2007 Yerwal Estate purchased Woonallee Africa from Tom, Lizzy and Marg Baker following private negotiations for $15,000. Being a full South African blood import ‘Africa’ has generated huge interest within the industry which is now backed up by impressive progeny with a dominant colour pattern and rapid growth. His great balance, muscling and softness combined with his docile temperament make him a fantastic addition and promises an exciting future.

Semen is also available for $50 per straw please contact us for purchases and enquiries.






Wirrabilla Zeus

The Land newspaper article, April 2006

THE Burow family in the South East of South Australia know that their Simmental genetics are doing the job - and have the premium market to prove it.
Regan and Karen Burow, and Regan's father, Trevor, run about 500 autumn-calving Simmental and Angus cows on the 600-hectare Yerwal Estate, near Naracoorte, where sandy loam over clay soils grow clover and annual grasses.
They wean at seven to 10 months, and then finish about 300 of their home-bred progeny each year, running them in a 16ha paddock with ad lib access to a ration comprising lucerne and oaten hay, barley and wheat.
They turn off between 18 and 28 head a week at 290 kilograms (carcase weight), ranging from 10 to 14 months old.
For the past decade the stock have gone to Margaret Street Meats in Mount Gambier, and more recently become part of that business's Meat Standards Australia (MSA)-graded Terra Rossa Beef label.
The regionally-based brand refers to the soil type which has helped the district's well-recognised Coonawarra wines to stand out, and has grown from a weekly kill of 15 to 20 head up to 60 head in the past few years.
The recognition of quality the label has achieved means 15 to 30 cents a kilogram more than the going over-the-hooks rates for its suppliers, with product going restaurants in Adelaide and Sydney.
"The Simmentals all grade exceptionally well under MSA," Mr Burow said.
A key advantage of their predominantly Simmental production is that there is no distinction in the marketplace between steers and heifers - they all attract the good money.
Yerwal Estate hosts an on-farm Simmental sale offering about 25 bulls each year, and sells a similar number of Angus bulls out of the paddock.
The family's connection with Simmentals goes back to the early 1970s, when Regan's grandfather, Merv Lawrey, was one the early breeders in Australia.
The stud had been almost dormant until Regan returned to the family operation, and fired it up with the introduction of new genetics through artificial breeding, including South African bloodlines.
When he finds the genetics he's after he doesn't mind traveling, at last year's Simmental-Fleckvieh Prime Beef sale at Illabo he paid the $6000 top price for Wirrabilla Zeus, Knox Evan V079, offered by Wirrabilla Fleckvieh stud, Taralga.
He said apart from offering an outcross to his herd, he had been looking a long time to find the combination of top carcase characteristics and a polled bull.
The handful of calves on the ground so far look promising - well-muscled and well-pigmented.
Given their own target market, and the mostly vealer-focussed production of their bull clients, the Burows are looking for moderate-framed and relatively early maturing cattle which are soft enough to finish quickly.
"Easy doing, meaty cattle."
He avoids extremes in birthweight, and is always mindful of temperament and structure in his selections.
Mr Burow said the breed had taken a while to move away from the large-framed later maturing types, but said this change was responsible for its growing market share.

Leanne Savage: Livestock Editor