Milwillah Angus is part of the family owned property ‘Milong’, situated at Young on the South West Slopes of NSW. Owned and operated by John and Ayliffe Caldwell and their 3 children Camilla, William and Hugh, ‘Milong’ is a mixed farming enterprise that consists not only of the Angus stud containing 400 stud and 900 commercial cows but also merinos, fat lambs and an extensive cropping operation. Although ‘Milong’ has been the home of quality Angus cattle for 85 years the Milwillah Angus stud was formally registered in 1984, fittingly named after the Caldwell family itself – Camilla, William, Ayliffe and Hugh.
‘Milong’ was purchased by John’s grandfather, Mr A.W Scott in 1918 from Messrs. Young and Ralli and it has been running Black Angus cattle and Merinos ever since. Originally, John was breeding his own commercial line of bulls and selling them privately out of the paddock. His stud females related back to the first black cows on Milong. In 2003, Milwillah was given the rare opportunity to purchase 44 Te Mania heifers pregtested in calf to the most prominent domestic and international sires at the time. It was a drought year and Te Mania Angus decided to discontinue autumn calving and sell heifers that were originally meant to be kept in the herd. A sale like this seldom happens as the opportunity to buy the top line females from a leading stud rarely comes up, so we took it, they became the nucleus of the our herd and so began the new generation of Milwillah and cattle at Milong.
We run our cattle like any other commercial operation. They are given no special treatment as first of all, we believe this does not prepare them properly for the physical and environmental conditions under which the majority of cattle are expected to perform these days, and secondly, there simply isn’t the time!
Our bulls are weaned onto lucerne at around 6 months and finished on grazing oats. They receive no supplementary feeding and/or additional grain. They are fed hay if the season requires. At Milwillah, what you see is what you get.
The females are rich in B/R New Design 036 and C A Future Direction 5321 blood and out of outstanding Te Mania donor females such as Te Mania Lowan R426, Te Mania Lowan R182 and Te Mania Barunah R312. Te Mania Xamined X60, who sired Te Mania Ada A149 that sold for $43500 in the Autumn of 2007, had 6 full flush sisters in the draft.
At the time they were some of the highest indexing cattle in the country and since have been sought out by a number of international visitors including respected New Zealand cattleman Lindsay Jones, who in 2006 made an inspection and declared 2 of these cows to be the best he’d seen on his Australian travels!
Like in any gene pool, an animal will throw back to the average of the herd. We believe because our female herd directly stems from a respected and proven line of Te Mania females, it allows us to drop a more consistent and predictable line of animals year in year out.