This provided a genetically sound base from which we could increase numbers and quality traits that were associated with Charolais. In 1998, John Collins changed the focus of the stud and in 2004, Matthew and Ann-Marie Collins purchased all the cattle and began the work of rebuilding the stud to the original standards set by John Collins in its inception.
We began by purchasing a young bull from Rosedale Stud. This young bull was a son of Selector, a prominent sire of Rosedale. The Kenmere | females provided us with heifers which were once again to become part of our foundation herd. Heifers were purchased from quality studs many with bloodlines that went back to original Kenmere genetics’. In 2006 it was decided to begin using the Kenmere dams for embryo transfer. Kenmere Kristina 111 the first to be flushed, however with limited success at first. Since then the stud runs two embryo programmes a year with the focus on flushing the great dams with our original genetics’. Kenmere Kristina 111 herself was the progeny of Kenmere Kristina 1 and Mandalong Chock. Mandalong Chock a sire who held the Australian record for the highest-selling bull @$165,000.
In 2008 Kristina had a bull calf (Kenmare Gilman Kristo MCS D17E). This young sire possesses many of the qualities of his mother. Kristo is sired by Lt Western Spur. In 2009 another four embryo calves have been born to Kristina. This time Lt Blue grass was the Sire in the embryo campaign. This campaign again gave us great success with two bull and two heifer calves.
Once again the heifers provide us with the bloodlines with genetics’ that date back to our original cattle in the 1970s.