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MCL Brahman Stud - History

MCL Brahman Stud is an operation with over 40 years of experience in the stud industry, originating with the Orana Brahman Stud at Bell in the 1960’s. Using a strict criterion for careful selection, the Orana cattle became well known and successful in both the sale and show ring-selling and averaging among the tops at Rockhampton Brahman Week Sale on many occasions.

Due to the dissolving of the family partnership in the early 90’s, the bulk of the Orana herd and its title were sold to A.A. Company, with only the elite cows retained to establish the MCL Brahman Stud. With the purchase of sire ‘Kabala Alaska’ in 1996 for $29,000, the McLennan Family launched MCL into production.

MCL aims to breed quiet, top quality beef-type Brahman cattle. This has meant that at times they have had to step outside of the circle and not always conform to the trends of the market place, instead selecting what they think will benefit the stud and the beef industry the best.

The MCL herd is a mix of old and new bloodlines; descendants of foundation cow Orana Lady Illma are 1/2  to 1/8  Indu and are distributing length, scale, longevity and character throughout. The BEST- not the trendiest - of new imported bloodlines are used, but must meet strict criteria for structural soundness, temperament and beef type. In short, only the bloodlines that measure up to their standards make it into use, regardless of what everyone else is using, where they came from, or how old they are.





*Good temperament- because an unmanageable disposition=bad weight gain and a hazard to all.

*Type-Must have an exceptional sires head, be structurally sound, and have suitable length and width which = meat and kilos

*Breeding-A history of consistency of the above.                               

Sires do not necessarily have to be fully imported blood. They have to be the best stud sires that can breed cents per kilo.

The McLennan Family have also been breeding Charbray cattle since the early 1990’s; bulls are sold privately, and steers have competed successfully at many prestigious events, including the Mackay Show ‘Hoof and Hook’ competition. Such competitions are entered so as to gauge their cattle’s suitability for the meat industry, and to confirm that they are indeed breeding to suit the requirements.

Visitors are always welcome at ‘Five-ways’, Goovigen, and all enquiries are received with appreciation.