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Local Agricultural Shows



We like to show case our cattle, and bench mark them against the cattle of our peers. Additionally, we enjoy supporting our local shows. In 2016 Riverslea were very excited to come away with Champion Senior Bull and Reserve Champion Junior Bull in the Santa Gertrudis Ring at Inverell Show. We also had an excellent day out at Moree - winning Champion Senior Bull with Riverslea King Kong (PS) who went onto win Champion Senior Interbreed Bull. Riverslea King Julian (P) impressed again by taking out Reserve Champion Junior Bull. The Kings joined forces to also win Interbreed Pair of Bulls! Another sucessful day at Inverell 2017 with Champion Junior SG Bull Riverslea Majak (P), Reserve to Riverslea Mambo (PS). Champion Senior Bull & Grand Champion SG to Riverslea Legend (P).


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Santa Gertrudis Junior Show


Young Cattle & Young Kids - all with a bright future. Photos from the Santa Gertrudis National Junior Show - where all the Riverslea Bulls placed in their classes and the steers were used for the prime cattle judging. After DNA testing we can confirm that the young Riverslea bulls that placed 2nd, 4th & 5th in the youngest of the bull classes with their excellent young handlers were ALL by our exciting young sire Dangarfield Viper (P). Pictured is Tom with 10 month old Riverslea Majak (P)

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2016 Bull & Breeder Sale


Top price was lot 7 to repeat clients R&D Officer - Boomi - for $15,500. They also took home lot 2 for $10,000. Lot 6 was sold for $12,500 and will head north with Andrew Doering. The Looker family from Guyra purchased lot 8 for $8500, and lot 10 for $4,000. Also heading Guyra way, the Ross Family picked up lot 10 for $7,000. Repeat client Able Pastoral secured Lot 6, Riverslea King Kong (PS) for $8,000. Other repeat clients Rusty Co purchased lot 17 for $5500; Glenbank Family Farm from Vic lot 18 for $4,000; also heading to repeat Vic clients, lot 13 to Julbre Park for $3,000. New client - Tim Moses secured Lot 9 for $5,500 & Lot 12 for $5,000. Commercial Santa and Santa Cross Heifers sold to strong competition. Many thanks to the other purchasers, under bidders, supporters, friends, and SGA members who supported us on the day.

Beef Australia - Results

Beef Australia 2015


A "Not to be missed" event....see you there in 2018!

Super proud of the three head we exhibited at Beef Australia 2015. Showing against the very best in the country.

1st Riverslea King Kong (PS) a son of Riverslea Digger (P).

2nd Riverslea Honey (P) with a very special bull calf at foot by Dangarfield Universe (PS)

3rd Riverslea Jazz Man (P) - he stood up very well in a big, competitive class. Another great son of Riverslea Digger (P).

Beef Australia 2015


Riverslea Jazz Man (P)

16 month old Riverslea Jazz Man (P)

by Riverslea Digger (P) out of Riverslea Classic [AI]

We are making the 900km trip north to Beef Australia 2015 to be held at the Rockhampton Show Grounds in Qld. This is Australia's biggest Beef Cattle exhibition, show and trade fair.

Our top bull Dangarfield Universe (PS) is on display in the Santa Gertrudis marquee - an example of the very best the breed has to offer. The Genomix auction (more details in post below) will feature the first release of his semen - 10 straws plus the right to negotiate for more!

Riversleas' Jazz Man (P) & King Kong (PS) will lead the way for us in the bull classes. Riverslea Honey (P) with a poll bull calf at foot, Riverslea Legend x Dangarfield Universe (PS), will represent us in the female classes.

Fingers Crossed!

Genetics Auction - Beef Australia


Dangarfield Universe (PS)

Export AI Straws x 10 to be auctioned.

Bidding commences online
Monday 4th May at 12pm concluding Wednesday 6th at 6pm

A very special opportunity to secure AI straws from the very best bull - Dangarfield Universe (PS). We purchased the bull for $40K - a record price for Dangarfield (& us!). After seeing his progeny Dangarfield were so impressed that they negotiated to buy back a half share in him. This is the first offering of straws from this outstanding bull.

The bull himself will be on display at Beef Australia as the top of the breed. He will also be represented in the show ring by his sons. After Beef Australia - Universe will go into quarantine at Rocky Repro to be collected for the country of choice.

The catalogue for the Genomix sale is available at http://genomix.com.au/genomix_beef_genetics_sale_may_2015/#page=87

You can register and bid online at http://www.auctionsplus.com.au/



The aisle was packed!

The aisle was packed!

Riverslea Reduction Sale ~ 99.6% clearance

What a great sale. We sincerely thank the many people who came and supported the sale - stud breeders from Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania. Repeat and new customers. Underbidders. Local, and not so local, commercial buyers. The Elders agents from Inverell (especially Dick Gleeson & Scott Fitzgerald), and Stud Stock Auctioneer - Brian Kennedy. The many people who just came along in support. A very big thank you.

Heifers sold to a top of $5,500 twice - both going to Nioa Santa Gertrudis Stud in Allora. Bulls selling to a top of $13,500 to Bullamakinka Santa Stud in Qld. Volume buyers included Ryalsea Santa Stud, Ercouldine with 6 lots, Dangarfield Santa Stud took home 11 lots, Peter Stevenson Naringalook Santa Stud, and Tony Margan from Lismore added 9 females to his herd.

Massive Stud Reduction Sale

Massive Stud Reduction Sale....140 Lots!


Lots 1 - 3 are the show heifers with calves at foot by Dangarfield Universe (PS) - check them out at Sydney Royal next Friday!

39 Stud Classified 'H' heifers - many inseminated to Universe (PS).

12 PTIC stud cows,

79 Stud Cows with Calves at Foot,

10 bulls including 2 stud sires!

Exciting stuff..........

Thursday 9th April - Inverell Sale Yards 10am (NSW Time)

...in conjunction with a 900 head Breeder Sale.

Click here for a Catalogue or contact us for hard copies



2015 (Already!)


Suckling Calf

1 week old Riverslea Krypton (P) enjoying a drink.

We sincerely wish all our customers, suppliers and supporters a really successful 2015. With the Australian dollar heading south, useful rains across most of the drought affected areas, a shortage of cattle numbers.....we reckon 2015 will be The Year the cattle job turned!

The Riverslea Cattle are enjoying some green feed for the first time in a couple of years. Much more rain is needed yet to get some sub soil moisture and run off into dams, creeks & springs. However, the change in the weather pattern is more than welcomed.

Our commercial cattle are gaining weight rapidly - the Victorian consignment are being finished at Garvan Park Feedlot, whilst the NSW cattle are just enjoying the green grass.

A reminder that we do have select paddock sale bulls available now.

2014 Red Hot Sale Report


Red Hot Bull SaleStud Principal Alan Martin in the new sale ring with lots 10 & 11 Many thanks to purchasers and underbidders........

See the sale for yourself! Click here http://youtu.be/XaXzEKUeZn8

Despite the tough local conditions many repeat and new buyers purchased at this years on farm sale. Top priced bull Riverslea Guess Work (poll) was purchased by Able Pastoral Partners for $5000. The son of Kuloomba 129 [AI] impressed with his softness and good temperament. Lot 7 Riverslea Howzat (PS) a son of Mindreader (P) - sold for $4000 to Naringalook Santa Gertrudis Stud. Riverslea Hometown (P) also sold for $4,000 and has headed north to Dangarfield Cattle Company in Taroom, Qld. The stud females were topped by Riverslea Ginger (P) selling to Amanda Adams for $3500. Amanda also snapped up Riverslea Gorgeous for $2500.

Bulls sold to Tasmania, Victoria, New South Wales, and Queensland with four going to Stud buyers with the balance into commercial herds.

Bullocks Top at $1722 (exc gst)

Commercial steers by Riverslea Digger (P) sold to processor JBS Australia to a top of $1722.

It is our commercial Success that underpins our Stud Stock operation


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Red Hot @ Riverslea - The Santa Cattle Sale

The Santa Cattle Sale

Thursday 21st August 2014 - 1pm

See you there!

Best Beef Field Day

What a fabulous day - we were even treated to great weather. The cattle & the property in Victoria looked tremendous (the results of the best Autumn start - some are saying "in a lifetime"). Burnett Joyce had the crowd riveted with his engaging and super informative talks on Cattle Selection & Cross Breeding. We were so lucky to have such an icon of the beef industry share his knowledge with us all. Terry Farrell was a fabulous guest speaker - educating us all on changes the the MLA grading along with very practical tips for maximising returns. Kelly Payne (MLA) cut up a rump and talked us through cuts & quality - which didn't take long to be put on the BBQ and devoured by a crowd of 60. Mark from Pacific seeds in Hamilton concluded the talks for the day - with many tips for maximising production and profitability in a pasture based system.

Best Beef Field Day - Riverslea Santa Gertrudis Stud
Kelly Payne had their attention! All eyes on the yards during the cattle selection talk
Best Beef Field Day - Riverslea Santa Gertrudis Stud Best Beef Field Day - Riverslea Santa Gertrudis Stud
Burnett Joyce - talking Bulls! MLA - The cuts, the cooking & lunch.


Fantastic Open Day

Visiting early in the day was Frank Bundock. Frank was the lucky winner of the "Win a Pen of Steers" in 2013.

130 mls of glorious rain over 10 days followed by 2 days of sunshine set the scene for a great filed day. Visitors were treated to lines of 'J', 'H' & 'G' heifers as well as mixed age stud cows. Yearling bulls plus stud sires were also penned for inspection. Bulls like Dangarfield Universe (PS) and Diamond H Mindreader (P) attracted plenty of attention and positive comment. Not to be out done the show team looked a picture. Big thank you to Richard Murphy (Bindaree Domestic Beef Sales) who cooked up a mouth watering batch of Scotch Fillet steaks for Dinner.

Howzat - does it again

Riverslea Santa gertrudis Bull - Howzat!

He's backed up again - 17 month old Riverslea Howzat (PS) won the Champion Junior bull and then took out Grand Champion Santa Bull and Supreme Santa Gertrudis Exhibit at Inverell Show - following up on last fortnights wins at Glen Innes Show.


Howzat is by the super muscle sire Diamond H Mindreader (P) & out of one of our classiest cows Riverslea Destiny (now deceased).

Dates for the Diary

Riverslea Santa Gertrudis Stud

Saturday 29th March "Open Day" at "Fishponds" Gragin Rd Delungra NSW from 2pm. Food & refreshment provided. Kids welcome. A relaxed informal afternoon. Come and see behind the scenes, check out the 2014, & 2015 bulls.

Thursday 24th April Best Beef Field Day at "Riverslea" Old Avoca Rd Adelaide lead (near Maryborough) Victoria. Speakers from Meat & Livestock Australia, Santa Gertrudis Association general Manager & special guest speaker - Burnett Joyce "Gyranda" Queensland. Lunch provided.

More details available closer to the events. Any queries, please Contact Us


Riverslea Howzat (PS) Grand Champion Bull

17 month old Riverslea Howzat (PS) won the Champion Junior bull and then took out Grand Champion Santa Bull last weekend at Glen Innes Show.


Howzat is by the super muscle sire Diamond H Mindreader (P) & out of one of our classiest cows Riverslea Destiny (now deceased).

Supporting the Beef Producers of the Future

The Santa Gertrudis Australia Association staged the 19th annual National Junior Show and Youth Camp this week. What a great event, what great kids......Belive us - Agriculture in Australia has a really strong future with these kids waiting in the wings. Riverslea was very proud to provide 9 head of lead cattle for the event (5 stud heifers, 1 stud bulls & 3 poddy calves for the little kids to enjoy). The highlight again was the outstanding temperament of the Riverslea cattle 2 of the youngsters handled & paraded the cattle with broken arms (we are assured all breaks were non-cattle related!).

Riverslea Happi Dayz was sold at the Elite Heifer Auction to long time supporters Ryalsea Santa Gertrudis Stud.

Riverslea Jed Gordy and Riverslea Jed (P)- getting serious about the show ring.
Riverslea Helena Taylor doing a great job (even with a broken right hand), with Riverslea Helena (P)
Riverslea Jaidyn

Chris with the Santa Angus heifer Jaidyn - quite the professional team already!


Riverslea Honey Lachlan (with the broken left arm) leading Riverslea Honey (P) - all eyes on the judge.
Jared and the delightful Riverslea Heaven Sent (P)
Joe did such a great job with Riverslea Holly (P)
Riverslea Happi Dayz Christie standing up Riverslea Happi Dayz (PS)
Riverslea Howzat Tiffany handled the big fella Riverslea Howzat (PS) with great results.
Riverslea Jorja Mallee is all smiles after winning a ribbon with Riverslea Jorja (P)
Alan Martin - Riverslea Santa Gertrudis Stud Alan Martin (stud principal for Riverslea) was a over judge for the junior stud cattle judging.

THE Universe (PS) comes to Riverslea!

Dangarfield Universe

Riverslea has purchased the powerhouse that is Dangarfield Universe (PS). He has arrived at the stud and will commence duties in November.

Universe (PS) is unparalleled for quality....PROVEN...."He was undefeated in class judging in 2012 including Beef Week (Junior and Grand Champion) and the 8th Santa Gertrudis World Congress at EKKA.

The most serious, all round bull we have seen on the market. PLUS a temperament that is faultless. Weighing in at 1186kg, scrotal of 42 and an EMA of 130cm.

Red Hot @ Riverslea Sale Report

Top priced bull was lot 9 in the outstanding Riverslea Genghis Kahn (poll), selling to strong competition. He has gone to Able Pastoral Company (Marcus & Kimberley Berlyn) for $11,500. Able also purchased heifers, including two stud heifers for $2,500 each both (ironically) in calf to Yarrawonga Able (poll).

Bulls averaged $3,300 - proving that Riverslea are providing quality, affordable bulls when you need them.

Commercial cattle sold strongly given the tough conditions. Heifers are heading to Ballarat Victoria, Ashford NSW and staying local.

Red Hot @ Riverslea "The Santa Cattle Sale" Red Hot @ Riverslea "The Santa Cattle Sale" Red Hot @ Riverslea "The Santa Cattle Sale"
Ben Adams "Dangarfield Santa Gertrudis" Taroom Qld with Elders selling agents. Damon Martin "Steaking his future on Santa Gertrudis" Sale yards with Phillip Hague "Rockingham Santa Gertrudis" Lake Cargeligo and Alan Martin "Riverslea".
Red Hot @ Riverslea "The Santa Cattle Sale" Red Hot @ Riverslea "The Santa Cattle Sale" Red Hot @ Riverslea "The Santa Cattle Sale"
Vera & Walter Reardon "Lonewood" Delungra, NSW with Alan Martin "Riverslea" Hayden Chappel with Dirk Rowan "Forestview" Warilada NSW Alan & Sonia Martin "Riverslea" with Dick Gleeson, Elders Inverell NSW

WIN 1/2 a Pen of Steers!

Royal Flying Doctor Service

Riverslea are delighted to be a part of the "Win 1/2 a Pen of Steers" competition. We have donated one of the steers to be auctioned at Inverell on the 16th of August. 1/2 the proceeds will go to the Royal Flying Doctor Service, the other half will go to one lucky winner. Entry forms are in The Land newspaper. Terms and conditions available at http://www.theland.com.au/specialfeature.aspx?id=6972.


Beef Week Field Day

Riverslea Beef week Field Day

Cattle farmers took the opportunity to view the 2013 Red Hot sale team. The field day provided an opportunity to inspect the bulls and to question Alan in a relaxed atmosphere. The stud heifers to be offered at the sale generated plenty of interest - they were penned with new stud sire Yarrawonga Able (P) - a powerhouse bull.

The sale team was 100 days off sale day. If you would like a catalogue please contact us and we'll put you on the mailing list.

On Farm Field Day

Field Day

Thursday 20th June, On Farm at "Fishponds" Gragin Rd Delungra

Our First Northern NSW Beef Week Field Day


Swing by and say G'day! Click here for more details

Taste of the Future - Tasted Pretty Darn Good!

Riverslea Santa Gertrudis Stud

Santa gertrudis Cattlemen

Santa Gertrudis Cattlemen

You know it's a great field day when you struggle to get photos of any ones faces - they are all to busy looking over the rails into the cattle pens. A very satisfying situation!

Over 80 cattle people joined us for our Taste of the Future day....wearing 'A Touch of Red' and enjoying all beef finger foods (some great recipes on the MLA website!).

Yarded cattle included a line up of stud sires, cows and calves, heifers (pure & crossbred) and 8 pens of 2013 sale bulls. Again the comments were all about the great temperament of the cattle (tested out by the many kids with painted faces jumping in the castle), the fertility traits and carcase traits (meat & muscle).

A very enjoyable and worthwhile day - with two farmers exclaiming they couldn't believe it took them a full 3hrs to get right round the yards (suggest they may have pulled up for a couple of quiet beers too!).

Many thanks to all that came and supported our day. We look forward to opening the gates again on Thursday June 20th for the Northern Beef Week Field days.

Click here for a report from the local papers:

http://www.inverelltimes.com.au/story/1418629/riverslea-santa-stud-welcomed-to-the-area/?cs=1523 (please excuse the bull in the background - not his best shot!) OR http://warialdastandard.squarespace.com/

More pictures on our Diary Page

Santa's Dominate The 2013 RAS Beef Challenge

Sydney Royal Easter Show



Press Release from SGBAA:

Santa Beef Challenge
28th February 2013

The results for Santa Gertrudis cattle in the first stage of the RAS Beef Challenge are quite outstanding. With the competition amongst beef breeds in our industry today it is gratifying to see the proven advantage of Santa and Santa cross cattle in the weight gain section. This information backed up by commercial producers that have trialed different breeds on a larger scale and reverted back to Santa bulls confirms the weight gain advantage of using Santa’s.

At the Wilga feedlot at Bellata in the Domestic section that is 70 days on feed with no HGP’s there were 32 pens of 6 head.

In the daily weight gain section Santa’s and their crosses won 8 out of the first 10 places. In the above section for the individual steer Santa’s and their crosses won 9 out of the first 10 places. In the Export section on feed for 100 days there were 21 pens of 6 head.

Again in the daily weight gain Santa’s and their crosses won 5 out of the first 10 places, and in the individual weight gain section Santa’s and their crosses won first and ninth places.

The most interesting point is that the highest weight gain individual steer in the Domestic class was a pure Santa steer gaining 2.56 kilos per day, in the Export class again with a pure Santa steer the gain was 2.79 kilos per day. Here is the proof that Santa cattle have a distinct advantage in weight gain compared to many other breeds, combine this with their adaptability, versatility and the classification system and you are on a winner.

Field Day @ Riverslea Victoria 2nd February

Field Day Victoria

Saturday 2nd February 2013

Riverslea Stud will be holding a Beef Week Field Day at our Victorian Property (Adelaide Lead via. Maryborough Victoria) - see map on our contact us page.

Bulls, Pure & Crossbred Heifers & Steers on display and for sale.

Wendalla Females all the way from WA

Santa Gertrudis Cattle

In another exciting purchase - Riverslea have secured the top line of females with calves from the renowned Wendalla Santa Gertrudis Stud in WA.

It is with many thanks that the Gould family have given us this opportunity to secure such fantastic females.

The quality, depth of breeding and fantastic temperaments are testament to the careful selection & years of hard work that the Gould's have put into their herd.

We are committed to securing the best genetics in order to breed the best bulls.


Elco Females @ Riverslea

Elco Santa Gertrudis Stud

Riverslea Stud is delighted to have secured the top lots at the recent Elco Santa Gertrudis Stud dispersal sale. The line of females with calves at foot will continue to add to our depth & breadth of genetics, especially along the Elco & Auburn lines. These bloodlines will also provide outcross genetics in the future for other stud breeders.

Riverslea Commercial Cattle - Look Great Too!

Santa Gertrudis Heifer

Pictured is one of Amy Coplands' Santa Gertrudis Heifer calves - by Riverslea Digger (poll). Amy purchased a neat line of commercial heifers from Riverslea. She's understandably delighted with the progeny!

In the background are Santa x Angus calves from the Copland family Angus herd ... They are now using Santa Gertrudis Bull - Riverslea Falcon ... Amy tells us "we're all impressed with how he is turning out and the calves he's producing."

Gestation Calculator

Check out the gestation calendar on the stud page. It's a really handy tool to calculate joining and calving dates

2015 Bulls - in progress NOW!

Big Dark Poll Bulls!

Yarrawonga Astro (POLL) was selected for these females in part - to keep frames size, maintain terrific temperament and improve their coats.

The decisions we make now - will be reflected in our 2015 offering of sale bulls. Our breeding program incorporates both Art & Science, always reflecting industry needs. We aim to continuously improve the stud herd and invest heavily in diverse genetics that will add quality. We single sire mate every female and she is expected to breed better than herself. Each heifer, cow & calf is individually critically examined, prior to a bull being selected for her: including the performance of her previous progeny, weaning weights, calving intervals, frame score, poll genetics, muscling and maturing patterns. The Santa Gertrudis Classification system is fully embraced at Riverslea - it is an independent examination of every breeding animal over the age of 15 months. The selected stud cattle cattle are branded with an 'S' - your assurance of quality!

With all that to do - it is time to get away from the computer & get back down the cattle yards!

Ease of Calving


Santa Gertrudis Bull

"Consistently larger calf drops in competitive tests with other major breeds" SGB(A)A website

Marcus Berlyn (Able Pastoral Company) reported back to us last week.....

"The 22 heifers I purchased from your sale that were pregnancy tested in calf to Riverslea bulls have all calved down. Didn't even look like having to help any of them. I've now got 22 magnificent units running around the paddock."

Riverslea Victorian Santa Gertrudis Sale - 2012

Father & Son

Sale Summary

100% clearance on commercial cattle.

Top price bull Riverslea Ferrari $7500 to Will & Monica Hood. Bulls sold to Queensland, New South Wales, Tasmania & throughout Victoria.

6 Stud heifers sold to an average of $2667

A massive THANK YOU to all purchasers, underbidders, fellow vendors and supporters at the sale.

Real Quality and Really Affordable


Santa Gertrudis Bull - Riverslea Eureka

This is Riverslea Eureka - sold 8 months ago at our Inaugural Sale for $3000.

The Cross Breeding Advantage

Santa Gertrudis Heifer with Angus cross calf

Santa Gertrudis & Hereford Cross Heifers

These are pictures taken in the King Valley at two different farms on the 7th May. Well into cold conditions and the still cattle look fantastic.


The 8 month old black calf is pictured with his Dam. He is sired by an Angus Bull. The picture says the rest for it self!


The Santa Gertrudis and Santa x Heifers in the bottom picture are being retained as breeders and are to be joined to a Santa Gertrudis bull.



2012 Riverslea Victorian Santa Gertrudis Sale

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Riverslea Victorian Santa Gertrudis Sale

2nd Annual On Farm Sale

17th May 2012 - 11am

At Riverslea Railway Rd Rochester Victoria


Market Top

Congratulations to Santa Breeder Paul Kervin, "All On Red Santa's", who topped the

Echuca Market with Riverslea Best Beef cattle on 21/03/12.

Congratulations to Repeat Buyers in 2012

Commercial Santa Gertrudis Heifers
Stus Santa Gertrudis Heifer
Riverslea Santa Gertrudis Heifer

February 2nd 2012

One of the most satisfying times in business is helping repeat customers...2012 has kicked off well on this front

CONGRATULATIONS to Marcus & Kimberly Berlyn who have now purchased 150 front paddock, top notch Santa Gertrudis Heifers (nsm & ptic) from Riverslea. Some of the heifers are on the point of calving with the balance ready for a June joining - exciting times for the Berlyn family with their new venture.

CONGRATULATIONS to Bruwin Pastoral who have added another three Stud Santa Gertrudis Heifers (ptic) to Riverslea Digger (poll) to their previous purchase of stud and upgrading heifers from Riverslea's 2011 on Farm Sale. We're sure to be seeing some quality young bulls coming from this new stud in the next couple of years.

CONGRATULATIONS to Kevin & Judy Dobson who took the opportunity at our field days to add two ptic Santa Gertrudis heifers to their previous purchase of pure and crossbred heifers. All quality outfits that they can enjoy.

CONGRATULATIONS to Angie Dure who continues to expand her "Red Cattle Herd", this time with another four heifers.

DPI Research Confirms What We've Been Breeding & Selecting For...

DPI research conducted by PhD student Linda Cafe, has now scientifically proven what we've been breeding, selecting cattle, and managing our farms for. Cattle that are calmer "grow more quickly than temperamental ones and produce larger, better finished carcases with more tender meat."

We'll also add that they are easier and safer to handle than temperamental cattle!

Riverslea Santa Gertrudis Inaugural Sale - 2011

Riverslea Santa Gertrudis Sale

Luke Nevins Auctioning the Commercial Heifers.

Cattle sold to all areas in Victoria, and into Qld & NSW

Fantastic Results For Vendors & Buyers...

Riverslea Sold 10 bulls to tops of $6750 for lot 2 & $6500 for lot 1. Kuloomba sold 2 bulls to a top of $4250 for lot 4 (ave. $3375). Burramurra sold 1 herd bull for $2000. Stud 'S' classified bulls averaged $5000. 100% clearance.

Riverslea Stud Heifers to a top of $4500 for lot 14 to Marblebah Santa Gertrudis Stud, Qld. (ave. $2750). 100% clearance.

252 Commercial Heifers (ptic & nsm) averaged $800. Heifers with CAF to $1360.

Sale gross $290,000

Customer Catch Up - II

Alan had the pleasure to catch up with Allan Jobling at his farm in Macorna. Allan purchased herd Bull Riverslea Craftsman from one of our Beef Week field days. The bull has grown out really well and developed plenty of muscle. His calves are outstanding. Full credit to Allan on the quality and health of his Hereford cow herd. Look at the growth and quality of the crossbred calves....!


Riverslea Craftsman - Santa Gertrudis Herd Bull

Herd Bull "Riverslea Craftsman (C132)"

Santa Gertrudis x Hereford Calf

Hereford Cow with santa x Calf at Foot

Customer Catch Up

Rosevale - brett & Jacinta Singe

Southern Star Santa Gertrudis Stud - Alan McCormack

Grading Up Herd & Cross Breeding - Will& Monica Hood


Alan recently had a whirlwind trip to catch up with some customers. First property visit was Rosevale, home to Brett & Jacinta Singe. The Singe family purchased a bull from Riverslea at the Finley sale. They are using him over pure and cross bred females, with the aim of increasing the quality and depth of their herd - they're getting those results plus more.




Next visit was to Southern Star Santa Gertrudis Stud NSW. Alan & Claire McCormack purchased a stud bull and heifers from Riverslea. Riverslea Deputy was Champion Junior bull at National Beef 2010. He is doing the job for them with upgrading their pure Santa Gertrudis herd. Alan aims to breed his own bulls down the track and use them over his Angus herd to produce bullocks for the export market.



Final visit was at the foot hills of the snow covered Mount Beauty. What a spectacular spot! Will and Monica Hood are looking to upgrade their Santa Gertrudis herd. They purchased heifers from Riverslea as well as stud bull Riverslea Crusader. Crusader is also used over their Hereford cows with great success. Riverslea will hold a field day in conjunction with the Hood family in Autumn in 2013 to show case the Santa Gertrudis breed.

Riverslea Santa Gertrudis Sale

Riverslea Santa Gertrudis Sale

Leading the Mob

Catalogues available online mid August or contact us for a hard copy


On Farm

Download flyer here

"Riverslea" 216 Railway Rd., Rochester Vic

11am (Inspection from 9am or prior to sale day by appointment)

Commercial Cattle sold by standard auction - followed by Stud Stock (Helmsman Auction)

13 Stud (S classified) and Herd Bulls

9 Stud Heifers (ptic) to Stud Bulls

300 Commercial Santa Gertrudis Cattle

inc. 150 Santa Gertrudis Heifers (ptic)

“This is the biggest and best line up of both Stud and Commercial Santa Gertrudis
cattle to be offered for sale in Victoria for many years.”

National Beef - The Official Photos

Photography by Wayne Jenkins

Grand Champion Santa Gertrudis Female

Champion Santa Gertrudis Senior Female, Grand Champion Santa Gertrudis Female - Riverslea Classic with 6 month old Riverslea Fish (x Riverslea Digger)
Grand Champion Santa Gertrudis Bull & Supreme Santa Gertrudis Exhibit

Riverslea Eclipse - Champion Junior Santa Gertrudis Bull, Grand Champion Santa and Supreme Santa Gertrudis Exhibit

Riverslea Eclipses the Field at National Beef 2011

Supreme Santa Gertrudis Exhibit - Riverslea Eclipse

Grand Champion Santa Gertrudis Female - Riverslea Classic

Santa Gertrudis Heifer - Riverslea Elisha

Winning Group of 3 Santa Gertrudis cattle

18 month old Riverslea Eclipse swept all before him to win his Junior Bull class, Champion Junior Bull, Grand Champion Bull and then Supreme Santa Gertrudis exhibit at National Beef 2011. It was the first show for this mighty young bull out of a terrific cow from the Kendara herd and by Riverslea Stud Sire Kuloomba 141 (AI) (Poll).

This bull will be offered for sale at our inaugural on Farm Sale - September 9th.

Riverslea Classic took out her age class, Champion Senior Female and Grand Champion Female. She has a 6 month old calf at foot (Riverslea Fish) by home grown stud sire and previous show bull Riverslea Digger. Classic is 3 1/2 with two calves on the ground and 4 months back in calf.

Riverslea Elisha also won her age class.

A big thank you to handlers Hayden & Dale Chappel as well as Stephanie from Billabong College.

Thank you also to the Stud Stock Class sponsors :

CopRice, ANZ bank, Stock & Land, Santa Gertrudis Breeders Australia Association.

Riverslea's Pen of 3 export Steers

Our pen of 3 export Steers placed 2nd on the hoof & 3rd on the hook - Sponsor JBS Swift.

Santa Gertrudis breeders and enthusiasts

Thanks to the many Santa Gertrudis Exhibitors, Breeders & Supporters - including Martin Pentecost (SGA General Manager), Phillip Hague (SGA President) and Dennis Moxey (SGA Vice President) who attended National Beef and caught up with 'The Southerners'

Best Beef Program - MSA Licenced

MSA Licenced

MSA Licence Number P679

Riverslea has recently acquired Meat Standards Australia (MSA) accreditation.

Cattle leaving the Best Beef Program will now be MSA eligible.

MSA assures top eating quality and is tenderness guaranteed.

Beef Week Field Day - A Great Day Out

We were delighted to host 70 visitors at our Beef Week Field Day. Sold on the day were 50 females and 1 bull. There was strong enquiry for our Spring Bulls. Many people took the opportunity to discuss their bull requirements for 2011 and beyond.

It was also the first chance for breeders to see the first progeny from Riverslea Digger & Riverslea Dynamite. The feedback on these young sires and their calves is excellent.

Beef Week Field Day 2011

Visitors inspecting pens of Commercial Santa Gertrudis Heifers

On Farm Field Day - Going Ahead!

Field Day Flyer

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Despite recent flooding in the district our field day will go ahead:

Wednesday 2nd February 2011 - Our BIGGEST field day yet - 9am - 5pm.

FOR SALE on the day will be: 75 head of Santa Gertrudis & Santa Cross heifers, 4 Cow & Calf Units, 3 poll 2 year old bulls.








ON DISPLAY - Riverslea Digger and his progeny. Stud cows & calves. Bulls.


Hope to see you then!


Merry Christmas to Rochester SES


State Emergency Services


At Riverslea Group we really admire the work and time that our local SES volunteers put into the community. Riverslea Group is pleased to make a modest donation to Rochester SES so as the members may enjoy their 2010 Christmas party - small reward for a very busy year. Great Work!

Rye Grass Seed Trial

Rye Grass Trial Site

Rye Grass Trial Site

The Rye Grass trial held in conjunction with Driscoll Seeds is nearing completion. The results are very interesting and of great value to our future farming plans. Please contact us if you would like more information.

Melbourne Royal Show 2010

Riverslea was represented by two steers at this years Royal Melbourne Show. The steers were prepared and paraded by students from the Longerenong Agricultural College. Both the steers performed well. Of particular note were the MSA marbling scores.

Riverslea Champ: 81.237 points (marbling 340)

Riverslea Jock: 80.933 points (marbling 350)

Riverslea exhibited two entries in the stud stock classes:

Riverslea Digger excelled again and won the Hunter Watson Trophy for the Supreme Santa Gertrudis Exhibit for the second consecutive year.

Riverslea Diamond (accompanied by 2 week old Riverslea Flair) won the Grand Champion Female Santa Gertrudis.

TOP: Riverslea Diamond - Champion Senior Female, Grand Champion Female. Handler Lachlan Martin

BOTTOM: Riverslea Digger - Champion Senior Bull, Grand Champion Bull & Supreme Santa Gertrudis Exhibit

Riverslea Digger - Supreme Santa Gertrudis Exhibit

National Beef 2010 - What a Show!

Riverslea Deputy; Champion Junior Bull

Pictured: Champion Junior Bull - Riverslea Deputy

to Southern Star Santa Gertrudis Stud

Riverslea featured in all four Championships with the Stud Cattle, including first timer, Riverslea Deputy who took out the hotly contested Champion Junior Bull title. We now offer this bull for sale. Contact us for more details. Riverslea also exhibited: Riverslea Diamond - reserve Champion Senior Female; Riverslea Dixie - reserve Champion Junior Female; Riverslea Digger - Reserve Champion Senior Bull.

In the Carcass competition our steers placed 4th on the hoof and 5th on the hook.

The Commercial Cow and Calf competition winner was exhibited by Mark and Jo Conlan - Tumbywood. The calf at 9 months weighed 455kg and blew the competition away with it's prime value score!

This calf, out of a crossbred cow, was sired by a bull from the Riverslea Stud.

We congratulate Mark and Jo on their success.

These results reinforce to us that we are producing bulls that meet the top end commercial requirements.

Alan Judges Southern Brahman Breeders "On Farm Challenge"

Alan has just completed four days judging Brahman cattle on farms across Victoria and South Australia. 110 cattle were lined up in 16 different classes for his inspection and consideration. The "On Farm Challenge" was also used as an opportunity for young associate judges to gain valuable experience assessing and grading cattle with Alan.

Breeders also took the opportunity to present crossbred cattle and other breeds containing Bos Indicus content in the commercial section of the on Farm Challenge. The winners will be announced at the upcoming National Beef - Bendigo May 19th to 23rd, 2010.

Alan judging Brahman On Farm Challenge

Alan assessing an exhibit in the Brahman Breeders "On Farm Challenge"

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Riverslea Santa Gertrudis