As the breed enters its second century we can look forward to entering a new period of development. Not many breeds can say with confidence the date the animal that founded their breed was born. The first grey calf that was born in 1905 on the Sutherland property along the Murray river valley near Albany NSW was the starting point of our breed.
Thirty five years ago another milestone, when the first Murray Greys set foot on New Zealand soil. As 2005 moved into 2006 yet another, the NZ Murray Grey Society changed from being an independently administered Society to join the other major beef breeds which come together under the umbrella of Performance Beef Breeders. The move benefits all the participants with the advantages of promotion, technical developments, economies of scale and computer access to the breed data base of all performance recorded Murray Greys internationally. Murray Grey breeders will be able to use this as another tool to aid in their future selection decisions.
To improve anything we must continually try new things and think outside the square. Developing a breed of cattle is no different. As we move into the second century of Murray Grey progress I welcome you to the new era and new opportunities presenting themselves to those of us who breed “the silver cattle with the golden future.”
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