Testimonials2021-01-04T10:46:32+00:00

‘Our Clients’ success is our greatest reward’

Michael Brown, Sale

Michael purchased his first Mawarra bull in 2015 after moving away from vealer production to growing out Black baldies, an enterprise more suited to his property. Michael made the decision to purchase a Whiteface bull to put over his Angus and Black Baldy cows, with his plan being to sell the Baldy calves at 18mths – 2 years old.

“I spoke to Peter about undertaking a new venture and he was able to steer me in the right direction. (…)

Michael Brown, Sale

Mike & Tom Walsh, Granite Flat Pastoral Company

We have used Mawarra Sires for a long period of time because of their quiet temperament, structural soundness and true to type Hereford markings. We are very happy with their offspring

Mike & Tom Walsh, Granite Flat Pastoral Company

Bendoc Park, Eddie, Gail & Lucy Sellers

‘We first purchased females from Mawarra in 2005. Since then, seven more have been selected, and throughout that selection process we chose from a number of different maternal and sire lines in order to expand the diversity of our herd’s gene pool. The infusion of these Mawarra genetics has increased growth without sacrificing fertility or do-ability.”

The Sellers family have a 1000 hectare property. They (…)

Bendoc Park, Eddie, Gail & Lucy Sellers  

Trent Anderson – St Katharines Darriman, Victoria

What has remained with me from my first discussions with Peter, some ten years ago now, was his willingness to help someone with a small number of cows. He came and spent several hours at the farm looking at the cows, discussing the path forward. At that time there were 50 odd cows, this year we will calve close to our goal of 400.

 

I feel no need to talk of the quality of the cattle at Mawarra; (…)

Trent Anderson – St Katharines Darriman, Victoria

Jason Graham – Graham Herefords, New Zealand

We have focused on improving our female base and endeavouring to produce Hereford cattle that capture our vision of this wonderful breed
– docile temperament, conformation, carcase quality, growth and eye appeal. It was with great excitement I visited Mawarra for the first time at their bull sale in 2010, and realised that this world-class stud had everything we were looking for! The Mawarra genetics (…)

Jason Graham – Graham Herefords, New Zealand

Lance Leachman – Big Gully Herefords Maidstone, Saskatchewan Canada

“Our impression of the Mawarra Hereford Stud matched our thoughts regarding their bulls exhibited at Wodonga 2015; extremely high quality, commercially relevant and managed with pride, integrity, talent and passion. The hard work, knowledge, and care that the Sykes family commits to their breeding operation is evident in their cattle, farm and client interactions.

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Lance Leachman – Big Gully Herefords Maidstone, Saskatchewan CANADA

Graeme Ward, Albury, New South Wales

“My cattle purchasing endeavours are mostly connected to domestic feedlot supply with some clients backgrounding for the Japanese and other export markets. Australian domestic demand requires British bred heifer and steers. I look for best available quality with emphasis on genetics, weaning and accreditation programs.

Temperament plays a big part in selection. Poll and dehorned cattle are most suitable (…)

Graeme Ward, Albury, New South Wales

Simon & Rowena Turner – Bindi, Victoria

The Turner family run a self-replacing, Spring calving, Hereford breeding herd at Bindi, in the Victorian high country.

“We aim our production at both prime and store markets. Our cows are taken to our high country lease in December until April/May. They climb 2500 feet in 6kms. We sell our store calves at the annual Mountain Calf Sales, Ensay. Since we have been purchasing Mawarra bulls (eighteen years), we (…)

Simon & Rowena Turner – Bindi, Victoria

Arthur Trethowan, ‘Culbara’, Woomargama, NSW

“I wouldn’t keep buying them if I didn’t like them!”           

Arthur Trethowan, 2006

As a repeat volume buyer Arthur has purchased 47 bulls from Mawarra since 2000 ranging in price from $2000 to $18,000.

I always look at the people before I buy a bull. The Sykes family provide a good, honest service. The cheaper bulls I’ve bought perform as well as the ones at the dearer end. In 2005 I had a (…)

Arthur Trethowan, ‘Culbara’, Woomargama, NSW

The Foster Family, ‘Haven Park’,Casterton, VIC

“We have been using Mawarra Sires for the last six years. We feel that the female progeny have excellent temperament and milk. We have consistantly sold steers calves at 340kgs.”

Graeme, Shirley, Rick & Nancy Foster 2007

Haven Park results at the Annual Casterton Weaner Sale

~ 2005 Top selling pen of Hereford steers
~ 2006 Top selling pen of Hereford steers
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The Foster Family, ‘Haven Park’,Casterton, VIC

Keith Davies, ‘Boyare’, Gelantipy, VIC

“The strong maternal lines in the Mawarra breeding herd, combined with the diverse sire battery, has enabled us to consistantly find replacement sires to increase the quality and productivity of our own breeeding program.”           

Keith and Sue Davies 2008 

We run 130 breeders on our 1200 acre property at Gelantipy in the High Country of far East Gippsland. The foundation herd was sourced over thirty (…)

Keith Davies, ‘Boyare’, Gelantipy, VIC

Turner Partnership, Bindi, VIC

“Congratulations to the Sykes family on consistantly producing a quality bull breeding program that maintains important traditional values and at the same time embraces new and proven practises in the industry. We wish them every success with their future breeding ventures.”      

Simon and Rowena Turner 2009 

We run a self replacing, Spring calving, Hereford breeding herd and aim our production at both prime (…)

Turner Partnership, Bindi, VIC

The Sandy Family, Swifts Creek VIC

“The genetic superiority of the Mawarra bloodline has assisted us to maintain the quality of cattle for which we strive.”

Peter, Robyn and Jim Sandy,  January 2009

Our family has known and dealt with the Sykes family for many years. The Mawarra Stud is a reflection of the Sykes’ honesty, integrity and dedication to the Hereford breed. We have found their pursuit of superior genetics has set their stud as a (…)

The Sandy Family, Swifts Creek VIC

Foxforth Hereford Stud, Guyra NSW

“Having visited Mawarra Herefords in Victoria in early 2009, we had the pleasure of inspecting the cow herd and were very impressed with the size, quality and doing ability of the cattle. We were then fortunate enough to purchase an exceptional bull called Mawarra Unrivalled at Wodonga who weighed 1188kg at 27 months. We now eagerly await his calves.”

Fred Starr, Foxforth Hereford Stud Guyra NSW. 2010

 

Foxforth Hereford Stud, Guyra NSW

Greg O’Brien, Maringo Herefords, Merrijig VIC

“Having purchased my first Mawarra bull in 1998, I have always had at least one Mawarra bull being used in the herd. My second last purchase (Top of the Drop) is breeding exceptionally well, with calves showing great length, quality & temperament whether they are bulls, steers or heifers. I am looking forward to the arrival of the Value Add calves in April, I purchased him last year.”

Greg O’Brien, Maringo Herefords, Merrijig VIC

“Mawarra bulls are everything we are looking for, they make magnificent ‘front paddock’ cattle!.”

We run a cow calf, steer backgrounding & fattening operation on 1300ha in the Northern Midlands of Tasmania. We run a Hereford & an Angus herd, but we prefer Herefords. We aim for big frame, high yielding cows, to give us quick maturing MSA quality offspring.

Our first encounter with Mawarra Herefords was at Wodonga Hereford National in 2009. We buy (…)

“Mawarra bulls are everything we are looking for, they make magnificent ‘front paddock’ cattle!.”

Jason & Jody Graham, Graham Herefords, New Zealand

Jody and I have a Hereford Stud in the upper part of the North Island of New Zealand. We have only been breeding Hereford cattle for 7-8 years. We have focused over the last few years on improving our female base and endeavouring to produce a Hereford which captures our vision of this wonderful breed of cattle – temperament, conformation, carcase quality, growth and eye appeal.

It was with (…)

Jason & Jody Graham, Graham Herefords, New Zealand