THE TE MANIA ANGUS STORY
The Te Mania Angus gene pool began in New Zealand in 1928, extending into Australia in 1971. Since then it has set, or still holds, every Australian Angus sales record.
Te Mania Angus was founded by Edwyn Wilding, father of Mary Gubbins in the south island of New Zealand in 1928. In 1971 Te Mania Angus was founded by Andrew Gubbins on the importation to Australia of two young sires and 58 females.
The herd now spans 1600 breeding cows, under the management of Tom Gubbins and brother-in-law, Hamish McFarlane, at Mortlake in Western Victoria.
Performance recorded in New Zealand since 1950, the gene pool was accelerated into a new era, pioneering objective measurement in the industry, on its arrival into Australia.
Te Mania Angus has brought a breeding strategy and management program into a cohesive operation which continues to dominate Angus Group Breedplan, representing more than double the number of trait leaders of any other stud
This is also a program which has produced super sires such as Te Mania Kelp K207, Te Mania Unlimited U3271, Te Mania Ulong U41, Te Mania Berkley B1 and Te Mania Emperor E343.
Te Mania Angus protocol is that all cattle are stringently - and independently - assessed for structure. With the results published alongside each bull in all sale catalogues.
Te Mania Angus can deliver calving ease and be commercially profitable with the fast-growing, high-marbling bulls wanted by the feedlot industry, processors, and, most crucially, consumers.
The family business has developed a programme in improving the accuracy of the information provided to all clients that goes above and beyond that expected by the rest of the industry.
Team Te Mania is at the heart of this commitment.
We do this by keeping animals together in large contemporary groups to achieve more effective progeny in each group which can then be compared in one environment.
The phenotype (what you see) is made up of the genotype (inherited factors) plus the environment (all other factors). If we put animals in large groups where the environment is the same, then we can compare genotypes.
We also progeny test a significant cast of sires each year - both on-property and through the Team Te Mania commercial progeny test herds.
Sires such as Tuwharetoa Regent D145, Te Mania Daiquiri D19, Te Mania Berkley B1 and Te Mania Africa A217, have sons in the annual sale line ups, and their steer half brothers in the Team Te Mania herds, spread across SA, Victoria and NSW.
These progeny test herds contribute valuable information on sires, which further increases the accuracy of the sale bulls, through the sire line.
Whilst this is a time consuming and expensive program, Te Mania Angus remains committed to this principle - and its success is clearly reflected in Breedplan and in demand from major feedlots for Te Mania Angus blood steers.