GOLD CREEK Stud - Meet the Stud Owners
STUD OWNERS: We are Pamela Robinson (with the Cocker Spaniel) and Suzanne Baker (with the tiny cow), the proud owners of GOLD CREEK Stud.
Our Location: We live just over three minutes from the beautiful heritage town of Braidwood in Southern NSW Australia. At the foot of a mossy rock covered hill, our cattle now graze peacefully in our granite enriched pasture.
Our Situation: Breeding these beautiful cattle is our shared hobby. We do this for the love of it and to help build up the number of full blood and purebred Miniature White Galloways in Australia. White Galloways were listed as a rare breed in Australia and New Zealand at one time. Our aim is to help remedy that.
Starting Out: As first-time livestock owners, we didn't know anything about cattle or miniature cattle. Our only experience of pets was Cocker Spaniels. We had no idea what was required or which miniature breed would suit us. After much research, farm visiting and deliberation, we decided we needed docile, polled cattle. We also wanted good little mothers that would calve unassisted. Finally, we saw our first Miniature White Galloway cattle. Wow! They ticked all the boxes, and they were drop dead gorgeous into the bargain!
The decision to start out with these little white cattle was made in a heartbeat. From that day forward, we have never had to wonder whether we made the right decision - not once.
Building the Herd: As our confidence and experience grew we built our herd in number and quality. The cattle became quieter, smaller in stature and more friendly in nature as the herd numbers increased and the dynamics within the herd and our interaction with them settled into a pattern.
The number of head in our little herd rose and fell every season with births and sales, but steadily we built up the number of full blood and purebred cattle over several years. At one point, we were comfortably running over forty head on our forty acres. The learning curve was initially steep, but it has flattened out for us. It is now a fairly low maintenance herd, so we quite often find ourselves looking for any old excuse to spend time with our miniature cattle.
By farming in an environmentally friendly way and breeding our cattle in a sustainable manner, we have found we can cohabit with the wildlife and enjoy the best of both worlds. We get to work from home and enjoy being in our paddocks listening to the birdlife, brushing cattle and watching the wallabies graze - bliss.
When Pip Courteney and the Totally Wild television team came to visit, full blood cow Dusty enjoyed the limelight with Suzanne and Maddie. Three hours of filming for a three-minute segment on the show - television is hard work.
The Decision to Specialise: Over time, we came to realise that if we were serious about breeding and preparing miniature cattle as pets and AAT co-workers we needed to keep our herd number smaller. Having already added numerous calves to the full blood and purebred herdbook, we decided we had done our bit to build up the numbers, and it was time to sell quite a few - which we did.
In 2016, we transported a smaller herd of smaller, highly trained, super quiet females to Braidwood in Southern NSW. We are now thoroughly enjoying what we do on a daily basis and look forward to sharing it with others.
Huggie is so proud her purebred calf Kismet. Huggie is back in calf - maybe a bull for Christmas.
We have tried to make this website as informative as we can, in the hope that we can provide sufficient information to give first timers the confidence to get started. The learning curve can seem steep, but eventually, it all becomes much easier. There comes a day when you are so happily enjoying the cattle, you wonder why you worried about so many little things.
As we live and learn, we aim to be supportive of the first timers we help to get started. We will never forget all the gnawing suspicions that we had in the beginning. The gnawings that whispered - "You two might be clueless!" So, we hope to be there to help you with your worries.