Chelsea leans toward seedstock sales career

Chelsea leans toward seedstock sales career

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Judge, Robert Hutchinson, Long Gully Livestock feedlot, Rutherglen, Vic, and associate Chelsea Rayner, Kidman Down Simmental and Shorthorn studs, Sheffield, Tas.

Judge, Robert Hutchinson, Long Gully Livestock feedlot, Rutherglen, Vic, and associate Chelsea Rayner, Kidman Down Simmental and Shorthorn studs, Sheffield, Tas.

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Chelsea Rayner's involvement in Simmental stud breeding and showing stemmed from school, and now she wants to enter the livestock selling industry.

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Chelsea Rayner has her eyes set on a seedstock agency career.

Currently studying Agricultural Science at University of Tasmania, Miss Rayner's interest in livestock sales began at school.

"It was probably nine years ago when I started the school program and assigned with some breeders, Reg and Rebecca Woodiwiss of Railton near Sheffield," she said. "Reg is a livestock agent with our agents, Webb and Woodiwiss Livestock Marketing, Tasmania, and just up the road.

"So there was always a bit of a pull there and I sort of always said from grade nine and 10 I think I want to have a go at it."

Miss Rayner was associate judge at the Red Angus and Simmental Nationals, Dubbo last week with Robert Hutchinson, a former custom fitting and stud stock transporter for 28 years, and now coordinating transport at the Long Gully Livestock short and domestic feedlot at Rutherglen, Victoria.

"I did a bit of work experience and really loved it," Chelsea said. "I feel it is pulling me towards this career."

Together with her younger sister, Sarah, the Rayner girls run the Kidman Down Simmental and and Shorthorn studs.

"I started the Simmentals six years ago with some Compton Park bloodlines," she said. "The majority of our work is artificial insemination and we've done a little bit of embryo transfer work which we'll use again to improve the herd.

"My sister was lucky enough to win a Shorthorn heifer at the 2017 Heifer Expo donated by the Williams family, Marrington Shorthorns, Dubbo, and the Shorthorn stud has come about from there."

They calved 15 cows this year, the majority being Simmentals.

"We're running too many breeders according to my father," she said.

"So looking to bring back Simmental numbers to about 10.

They plan to cut back Simmental numbers this year to eight to 10, but increase Shorthorn numbers as well.

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