Latest News:

 

Treeton attended the 50th year of Illawarra's at Mt Pleasent show, with 2 entries.
Treeton Jasmine 2569 & Treeton Marion 2300.


   (Treeton Jasmine 2569)

 

Results:

Treeton Jasmine 2569 1st in the 4yr old in milk & 2nd in the best udder.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


About Us

Currently at Treeton Illawarras we milk 350 plus cows on 320 (1050 total) hectares of dry land.

Treeton Illawarras came in to existence in 1983 when the Naldene partnership was divided and cows from the Princess, Verbena, Maxine, Marion and Primula families were added to Lady Jean, Belinda, Milkmaid, Sabrina, Hazel, Beauty and Queenie from Mundaringa when the Mundaringa Farming Co. was dissolved in Western Australia. The Peachy family was added with the purchase Parkstead Peachy 95, a daughter of Raybright Major from the Parkstead dispersal and has developed into a very good cow family. The Gloria, Cherry, Jasmine, Tiffany and Star families began with the purchase of grade cows from clearing sales.

Recent additions include Daisy, Spangle and Mermaid which were original Naldene families but were lost for many years, Daisy descends from Darbalara.

The Fussy and Virgin families also have their roots at the very beginning of the breed and came to us via Glenhaven and Tabagong.In 1929 J R Williams first registered the Bates blooded Milking Shorthorns that had been bred on our current farm since 1873 with the Australian Milking Shorthorn Society which became the Australian Illawarra shorthorn society and later the Illawarra cattle society of Australia.
He also commenced Herd Recording in 1927 and it has continued ever since.

Pastures are divided between Lucerne on the deep sands and hills and rye grass and clover on the heavy black flats. This depends on the rainfall which averages 450mm per year and ranges from 225mm in bad years to 525mm in a good year. Pastures are renovated as needed, Lucerne usually 8-9 years and grass clover 5-10 years.
Pasture (2tn utilised per Ha) is supplemented with approximately two tonne of grain per cow per year and just over two tonne of hay per cow per year, all of which is brought in from local growers.


The herd is 99% registered Illawarra’s. Cows walk daily up to 1.8km to paddocks on 5km of gravel roads and are milked in a 20 swing over and milking takes about two hours with cows averaging 32 litres. Most cows calve in May - June to take advantage of the paddock feed when it is most plentiful and of best quality, while about80 to 100 calve in Febuary. This also makes for better management of the cows when they are at the same stage of lactation. At calving time all we are doing is calving down cows and when it is mating time we can concentrate on catching cows on heat and breeding them because by then calving is finished and all the calves are weaned.

We believe it is also easier to keep heifers growing at the same appropriate rates when they are all the same age and at the same stage of development.

Cows are 90% mated to AI, with insemination taking place over six weeks and then a bull is run with the cows for three weeks.
Heifers are synchronized to come on heat and are then inseminated over three weeks and then a bull is run for six weeks. Semen is used from the highest ABV bulls available, plus eighty straws of IDP bulls each year. Proven bulls used included, Redviking , Iskosciosco, Startrump Buttler, Willowgard, BJurist, Sydfrem. Braeleemax Redhunter & Kitkatboy. In recent years we have had good results with most of the IDP bulls Particularly Vprince and Red Monarch.

All heifer calves are reared in small paddocks with ten calves per pen and are fed colostrum and fresh milk for 6-8 wks with ad lib grain and water, when they reach 75kgs they are weaned and at approximately 350kgs at mating.

Prior to calving cows are started on grain with a lead fed concentrate pellet to eliminate pre and post calving problems.
 

Over the last 12-14 years many thousands of trees have been planted to lower the rising water table, provide shade in summer and protect from the prevailing winds.

Our family labour has been supplemented by overseas trainees from April to December who travel over on Agriventure (www.agriventure.net.au) to expand their knowledge of farming in Australia. For further information please contact us.