Lachie Ware says he would have struggled to establish his Angus stud on the family farm near Tamworth without the help of his grandparents, Bruce and Vivienne Beaumont of Dorrigo.
He bought 18 well-bred foundation females from them and also inherited their stud name, Wongalea, to set up his stud in May, 2015.
The females feature top bloodlines including Wattletop, Ardrossan, Lawsons, Kennys Creek and Banquet.
Mr Ware, 19, also intends to develop a Shorthorn stud but is now focused on his Angus cattle.
His stud - 45 Angus females and 15 heifers - is based on the family farm, “Wungum”, Duri, where his parents, David (who works for Merial) and Mandy, also produce commercial Angus and F1 Wagyus.
He will back up at this year’s New England Angus Breeders sale at Tamworth with three bulls - Wongalea Monty M1602, Wongalea Maverick M1603 and Wongalea Marvin M1614 - after selling a bull for $8000 to an Inverell buyer at his debut at the event last year.
“I was pretty happy with that,” he said.
He’d like to keep stud female numbers around present numbers and plans to sell cattle at the annual Tamworth sale each year along with private sales.
He is targeting the commercial market with bulls that will produce early maturing calves with plenty of yield and thickness so producers can get them “out the gate quicker”.
Mr Ware said his grandparents, who have now retired, had been a great help in establishing his stud.
“I’d be still doing a hard slog without their help,” he said.
He is currently doing a fitter machinist trade with Tamworth Regional Council.
Dean Fredericksen, Dalwhinnie Angus, Byng, and president of the New England Angus Breeders Sale Group, said Lachie Ware was a “very mature young guy just starting out”.
“He has purchased some very handy foundation females and is destined make a significant impact in the beef industry in the future,” he said.
Mr Ware won’t be the only member of the new brigade of breeders at Tamworth.
Jake Walkom, Jarowa Angus, Blayney, will back up after selling bulls for the first time last year with a draft of six sires – Jarowa Marcos M2, Jarowa Maverick M3, Jarowa Mondeo M4, Jarowa Magnum M6, Jarowa Malcolm M8 and Jarowa Mario M9.
And the youngest studmasters offering at Tamworth - Logan, Joshua and Hayden Evans of LJH stud, Tamworth - will offer one bull, LJH Pa’s Choice M126, a rising two-year-old by HF Kodiak 5R out of Farrer Naomi Y89.
Pa’s Choice is described in the catalogue as a young bull with tremendous topline and hindquarter.