Our People

Regan

Regan Burow

Family

Karen, Mitchell and Regan Burow

Mitchell

Mitchell Burow

Regan Burow

Regan Burow is the Stud Master at Yerwal Estate. He’s passionate about the business and enjoys the challenge of breeding the best cattle that he can; scouring the countryside for outcross genetics both imported and home grown. A great deal of research takes place behind the scenes with Regan inspecting the progeny of prospective sires and taking into account maturity patterns, temperament, structure, growth and carcass traits before any breeding decisions are made.
After being groomed for this role basically his whole life, Regan’s embraced the opportunity and has produced some outstanding results across the board.
After introducing Angus and Red Angus to the property early in his tenure he’s set about fine tuning the herd to suit his preferred type.
Regan assisted in the development of the Performance Breeders Group in 2004, a group of like minded Angus breeders from the district, and in 2009 he’ll step out of the group to leave room for other young studs to follow suit.
Bob Knott from Ferndale Park Red Angus has been a true friend for many years. He’s been instrumental in creating a strong foundation for the Yerwal Estate Red Angus stud herd.
Regan, Karen and Mitchell live at Yerwal Estate in the house that was originally the home of his Grandparents, Merv and Marj Lawrey. It’s intended that Mitchell will attend the Lucindale Area School when he gets older just as Regan did before him.
Regan strongly supports the school’s agricultural program and has initiated a sponsorship award this year for two senior school young guns.

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Trev

Trevor and Regan Burow

boys

The boys of Yerwal Estate!

Trevor Burow

Originally from Robertstown, Trevor Burow, was born into a farming family of three boys. He moved to Naracoorte in 1973 with his wife Marilyn and young daughter Michelle to help his in-laws with their property.
Financial hardship was a way of life in these early years and Trevor’s knowledge of the piggery industry became invaluable with the decline of cattle prices. Trevor introduced pigs to the farm as a way of supplementing their income. They were awarded the salvage rights to the defunct Naracoorte butter factory in 1975 and began the slow process of dismantling the building and using the materials to erect a purpose built piggery on the farm. The process was completed in 1976 and the building is still in use today.
Trevor and Marilyn added two sons to their young family during these early years, Regan and Jason. Shortly after, Jason’s arrival Marilyn was diagnosed with MS and following a long and cruel illness she lost her battle in 1997. Her legacy is three fantastic children who have all gone on to make their mark in the world.
Michelle is an accomplished hairdresser living in Adelaide. She’s married to Justin and together they have three beautiful daughters, Georgia, Tayse and Laura. Jason is an English teacher living in Hong Kong. He’s married to Connie a Chinese born girl who owns a successful internet based business. This extended family plus Regan, Karen and Mitchell living across the paddock keep Trevor on his toes and with a couple of fantastic holiday destinations.
Trevor has a strong understanding of mechanics and is a natural problem solver; these skills have given him the ‘title’ of Yerwal Estate’s chief maintenance officer! He oversees the feedlot cattle and the piggery operation from a distance entrusting its daily operation to Lindsay’s capable hands and also does the farm accounting. In the months ahead Karen will become his student as she learns her way around the BAS and in years to come he’ll also have a young Mitchell to teach the ropes of the farm; just as he did Regan before him.
Trevor’s also a keen marksman and is Treasurer of the Naracoorte Pistol Club.

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Merv Lawrey

Merv Lawrey

Merv and Marj

Merv and Marj Lawrey

Merv Lawrey

Merv and Marj Lawrey founded the Yerwal Estate Simmental Stud in 1973 with some of the first Simmental semen used in Australia. After dabbling in Shorthorns and Charalais and with a substantial Merino sheep herd, Merv focused on Simmental cattle; breeding for the market of the day – big framed, heavy, strong milking cattle.
The land was part of an original holding owned by Aussie O’Grady of Reid Murray and was purchased in 1963. Merv and Marj raised three daughters, Marilyn, Loris and Jennifer but the family didn’t reside on the property until 1972 after relocating and converting an existing shearer’s quarters. Prior to this the Lawrey’s lived in Naracoorte where the girls attended school and Merv commuted daily.
Originally from the Victorian Mallee district, Merv was no stranger to hardship and the highs and lows of farming. With no son to pass on his many words of wisdom, Trevor Burow married to his daughter Marilyn, became his proxy; with the two men working side by side for decades.
Merv’s grandson Regan showed a passion for the land and for the cattle specifically from a very early age, he was never far from his Father or Grandfather’s side. Regan became Merv’s “project” and Stud Master in training with Merv passing over the management of the stud to Regan in 1997 at the age of 21. From this point on he only gave advice and opinions; leaving the decisions both good and bad to Regan. To this day they have a strong bond and passionately discuss the cattle industry at every opportunity.
Merv and Marj retired from the property in 2000 and relocated to 90 acres on the Southern side of Naracoorte where they oversee a selection of stud Yerwal Estate Simmental and Angus bulls on lucerne until the annual sale.

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Lindsay

Lindsay Dreckow and friend

Lindsay Dreckow

Lindsay Dreckow has been a long standing, valued and loyal employee of Yerwal Estate. He was employed back in 1983 and moved onto the property in 1984.
The Dreckow’s are basically part of the family with Lindsay and his wife Karen having two children, William and Caitlin, during this time.
Karen was also invaluable offering support and day to day care of Marilyn Burow following her diagnosis with MS. This kick started Karen’s passion for nursing and her current career as an enrolled nurse (soon to be registered nurse).
In the early days Lindsay worked with cattle, sheep and pigs as required but with Regan’s entrance following school Lindsay’s position changed to that of fulltime piggery manager; in charge of mating schedules, weaning, feeding, machinery maintenance, QA and audit requirements and hosting excursions of ag students from the Lucindale Area School.
Lindsay has a natural, calm manner around the cattle; he’s a huge help during our annual on farm sale where you’ll see him manning the auction ring gate.
Lindsay is also heavily involved in the Lucindale community. He’s the Spence CFS Captain and has been a volunteer CFS member for 23 years. Lindsay’s also been involved with the Lucindale Scouts for the past 13 years; working his way up to his current position of District Scout Leader for the South East.

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