ABOUT US

ABOUT US

KILBURNIE, THE ORIGINS AND THE PEOPLE

David and Sue Murray established a small herd of 20 Angus cows in 1983 on a hobby farm at Kelly's Plains, Armidale.  Initially it prospered by producing low birth weight bulls to sell to be joined to heifers from another breed. It was one of the very first herds to be enrolled in Breedplan. 

They established Kilburnie Angus at Kilburnie, Walcha some years later and built it up to a 500 cow operation. David and Sue took a break from cattle breeding in 2006 and sold the whole herd. In 2009 we purchased 300 of the original cows that we had sold in 2006.

In the more than thirty years since the initial establishment all animals have been performance recorded and the only animals introduced into the herd are those that we thought could make a serious genetic contribution to the herd.

Andy and Jo Burwell joined the operation in 2011 at its new location - Straban, Walcha. They have a background of animal production in the United Kingdom.


DAVID AND SUE MURRAY

David and Sue Murray have been breeding and selling performance recorded Angus cattle since 1983. They established Kilburnie Angus at Kilburnie, Walcha some years later and built it up to a 500 cow operation. David and Sue took a break from cattle breeding in 2006 and re-established Kilburnie Angus at the Straban location in 2009.
 



ANDY AND JO BURWELL

Andy Burwell is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the enterprise. As such, he sees all the animals regularly and knows them well. He can assess the animals and offer you advice about them. He is also responsible for seeing that the public events at Kilburnie go well and that they provide you and us with the maximum benefit.

Jo Burwell is responsible for  the office – which includes data collection and recording. This is one of the most important jobs in the team, as we rely very heavily on measured and recorded performance. Jo is also responsible for the accounts. Additionally, Jo provides a hand when needed with the animals and has a major input in seeing that the whole system keeps ticking along. 

All four of us have had long-term interests and experience in animal and cattle breeding. Working together at Kilburnie allows us to draw on our different skills and strengths. 

A number of other people contribute to the running of the operations, and you will get to meet some of them at our events. We thank them for their assistance. Without them, we would be very stretched.
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