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Thoroughly modern cattle

Northland stud breeder Craig Kearney says Murray Grey cattle possess all the traits required in today’s farming environment – high performance, low input and good temperament. Kearney, whose parents started breeding Murray Grey cattle in the early 1970s, said that while Murray Grey were mostly used as a terminal sire, particularly in the dairy industry, they had great mothering ability.

Their high fertility, easy calving and early maturing equalled fast growth and the animals were very structurally sound, Kearney said.

“They have the best proven intramuscular fats, which gives you the best taste.”

Murray Grey is a popular breed among the dairy industry because of its fertility and easy calving but breeders are also trying to promote more use of the breed among beef herds.

Murray Grey are naturally polled and easily identifiable with colouring from silver to a dark grey.

“They are very consistent in their look and very dominant in their colour,” Kearney said.

“Crossed with a Friesian, Jersey or even Angus, the calves will come out grey and there will be no white marking.”

Murray Grey originate from Australia and the first Murray Grey society in New Zealand was formed in 1970.

There are now almost 70 breeders registered with the New Zealand Murray Grey Beef Cattle Society.

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