A brief history - it all started with the purchase of an old(er) cow from an old fella about 60 minutes south of Brisbane. This particular cow, nicknamed "Yolanda/Yollee" had a red tag in her ear and that's where my interest in these breeds of cattle started. My husband and I had just purchased a small property of 37 acres of vacant ex grazing land (that was also cane farm in its earlier years). My father thought it would be a good idea for us to get some cows to keep the grass down while we decided what we were gong to do with it. This is where Yollee comes in. I didn't want anything that was going to be difficult to handle and having limited experience with cattle readily admitted that I found the larger breeds somewhat intimidating (cue "Cows with Guns song" - my brother-in-law has a dairy farm and his black & whites are big and a little bit scary!). So Mum & Dad gifted us a couple of "small breed" cows - lowline Angus apparently - good natured and quiet.
Yollee it turns out was a stud cow - still had her original breeders tag intact "Vitulus GOZV009". So after a bit of googling I found Yollee's breeder - Margo Hayes, of Vitulus Ausline & Lowline Stud and after some very helpful discussions with Margo about Yollee and the breed - this was the catalyst that catapulted me into the breed. Seemed perfect for what I was after - suited to small(er) property, straight beef breed (not milk & meat), do well off grass, quiet temperament and smaller size = easier management. All of this in a compact size but they still give a family size freezer of meat at 2 years old on grass and running almost twice the number of head compared to the larger breeds.
The name "Pasadena Stud" has been in my family for many years now albeit under a different animal type. My grandparents raced standardbred horses (trotters/pacers) under this name for many years with success at Albion, Gold Coast, Rocklea and even in the USA. They retired from horse racing approx 10 years ago and I was very excited that they allowed me to continue with the name and the brand.
We have been on a learning curve ever since. From attending a basic cattle care course to reading books on cattle care, yard design and biosecurity to going to our first live cattle auction. We now have a breeding herd of just over 20 purebred cattle (many dual registered) with varied bloodlines and also a store of semen straws mostly from very old original Triangie genetics. Our learning continues every day and we are working towards the show ring in the near future.