Myrtleholme Stud

J P Bourke & Co, 273 Bourkes Road, Gladfield, Via Warwick.  Qld  4370.  Ph 07 4666 1189
Myrtleholme is situated in the picturesque Gladfield valley approximately 150km West of Brisbane on the fertile Eastern Darling Downs. Myrtleholme (425 acres) first started dairying in 1968 with 28 cows, gradually increasing numbers and acquiring adjoining properties. Today, a total of 1150 acres is farmed and approximately 320 cows are in milk.

Currently, Myrtleholme Illawarras have a rolling herd average of 9011 L with a 3.3P and 3.9F, with their herd recording details dating back to October 1982. An intensive breeding program commenced in 1984 with the introduction of A.I. and Myrtleholme’s registration with the Australian Illawarra Society.

Myrtleholme Illawarras have mainly concentrated on their production throughout the years, winning numerous production awards. The most recent of these was the 2009 Australian-wide Illawarra Holzhauser Competition – for the top 10 Fat + Protein cows, which averaged 841.5kgs.  Myrtleholme Empress 32 Ex-3E is the stud’s biggest production cow with 13 472 L, 3.3P (444kgs) and 3.7F (500kgs) to date. She currently has a son with Agri-Gene, Myrtleholme Mitch –ET by Silverleigh Churchill.

Myrtleholme Illawarras started showing in 2008 at the Toowoomba Royal, and have continued to attend this show as well as the Brisbane Royal and the Bangalow Dairy Spectacular. In 2009, our first year at the Brisbane Royal, Myrtleholme Moonlight was Reserve Champion Illawarra. She was also Champion Illawarra at Bangalow. In her first show, Myrtleholme Charity 13 (as a 10 year old) was Honourable Mention Illawarra at the Bangalow Dairy Spectacular. In our first two years of showing we have had two champions, one reserve champion and two honourable mentions. In 2010, at Lismore, Myrtleholme Ailsa 14 was Champion Illawarra, Senior Supreme Udder and Reserve Senior Champion Inter-Breeds.

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