Jondene Stud

 F S Johnston & Sons C/- Jock Johnston, PO Box 119 (Biddle Road), Imbil Qld 4570, Ph 07 54 845377
The Johnston Family always had an interest in Illawarra cattle through Jock's grandfather, J W Johnston who pioneered in the Dorrigo district of NSW and developed the Werona Illawarra Stud which closed down about 1950 after it had moved to Wooroolin near Kingaroy in Queensland.

The Jondene Stud was started in 1966 with two heifers from Lawley's Arley Stud at Maleny.  More animals were purchased from varying studs around Queensland.

Jondene was based on a property at Obi Obi near Kenilworth and in 2002 was moved to its present location at Imbil.

In the early years the stud had great success with the bull Sunny View Princess Promise and his sons.  In later years Jondene Treasurer's Trump was used with great success and his sons have followed on well.

In the show ring Jondene reached its peak in 1982 with a great team at Brisbane with Jondene Shamrock 2 being awarded Supreme Champion Dairy Cow.  Unfortunately the following year the herd was found to be seventy percent positive to EBL and those cattle could not be shown again.

Jondene has won Supreme Champion Cow at both Royal Shows in Queensland, Brisbane and Toowoomba, along with Champions at many country shows.

Jondene has also been successful with production, winning the milking competition at Brisbane and Toowoomba and at every country show we have been to that has the competition.

In the 1970's Jondene combined with the University of Queensland to do research work on embryo transplants and there was great joy if one embryo was achieved.  Jondene was also one of the first farms to collect semen from bulls on farm.

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