|Aldinga Droughtmasters is owned and run by Terry and Catherine Piggott (Piggott Pastoral Company). Our bulls are born and raised on light, speargrass forest country at ‘Aldinga Park’ in the Carnarvon Ranges near Rolleston, so are fit and ready for their destinations in breeder herds across the country. Our aim is to produce cattle that are QUIET – thus easy and safe to handle; TIDY underneath – to ensure the longevity of the bull’s working life; and LONG – all the valuable cuts are on top and a long beast is always heavier than a shorter one. We also insist on structural correctness; sound feet and legs; masculine bully heads and short tropical coats. We are primarily commercial cattlemen, breeding and fattening bullocks for the Jap Ox and domestic markets as well as producing trade and stud heifers, so we can see for ourselves how well our bulls perform. We produce bulls (about 95 % naturally polled or scurred) that exhibit quiet temperaments, neat tidy underlines and exceptionally good, long backs with impressive eye muscle areas.|
Temperament is taken very seriously so any animals with, or producing progeny with, poor temperament are culled from the herd regardless of looks or loss of investment. In our rough, mountainous, forest country we cannot afford or tolerate any cattle that play up. We tail out all weaners and handle our cattle quietly. We always block up cattle in the bush and as a result can muster our commercial breeders in their 80 000 acre ‘paddock’ with four people including kids on horseback. We have no feral cattle or micky bulls. Our joined heifers are bushed and not seen for 12 months but are easily mustered and walked home.
Control Mating & Fertility
Our cows are control mated which gives a short calving period and enables us to run a strict pregnancy testing program, where all empty and unproductive females are culled regardless of circumstances. This has ensured today’s herd has very high fertility. All breeders are run on forest country with minimal supplementation during dry periods.
Mustering & Survival
Our cattle must be quiet and easy to handle in the bush. Any cattle showing signs of poor resistance to infestations of buffalo fly and or ticks are culled. They must also have the ability to do well in harsh conditions (hardy and self sufficient) while retaining enough softness to fatten quickly when the season or feed allows.