The Birth of Blue Dog Brahman
Blue Dog Brahmans was established in January 2004 by Colin Ferguson and daughter Bonnie Keough. The stud was named after a blue cattle dog pup given to Colin, which was called Dog. Our involvement with the Brahman breed however begins much earlier than this.
Colin was among the early group of Cattleman who first saw the potential for Brahmans in the North. Bulls were purchased from Morris DeTurner of Whetherby Stud at Julatten and Taken to Blackdown in the early sixties. Our first stud was no.207 registered on the 30/04/1966
Over the next 30 odd years Colin and Mary built up a fine Stud; breeding most of their own bulls for their commercial herd. They also sold herd bulls to other stations. Following the sale of the Family commercial property, Blackdown Station, in late 2003 the desire to stay in touch with the cattle industry prompted Colin to purchase a small number of high quality Brahman heifers at Stud sales in late 2003 and early 2004. These heifers included FBC D Miss Charmer Manso, and Lancefield Miss Meryl 2663. Also the pick of the flush purchased at Gympie in June 2004 saw the arrival of Blue Dog Bundy in January 2005 by LL Sugar Ely Manso 727. Hence BLUE DOG BRAHMANS was born. After his initial input, Colin decided to pay more attention to his racing interests and handed the running of the stud over to Bonnie.
In March 2004 a small area of undeveloped land on the outskirts of Charters Towers was purchased to establish the stud base. Over the following months Bonnie with the assistance of her husband Shane began The Hideout’s development. Twelve months down the track found us able to run our own embryo programs with extensive fencing and yard building completed. The following months have seen further acquisition of breeding stock and semen being purchased from overseas and within Australia. Late 2006 seen our progression into reds after purchasing a heifer at the Tartrus Lancefield sale in Rockhampton, in calf to the South African bull NCC Serengeti.
In August 2006 the founder of Blue Dog Brahmans, Colin Ferguson passed away in Mareeba after a short illness. Following this tragic loss Shane gave up his career in the Mining Industry to help Bonnie full-time with the running of the stud. Their son Dean also became more involved with the stud. Change is with us and as we move into 2009, Shane is back working in the Mining Industry and Dean has married and moved on.
We have increased our Red donor heard and also invested in new genetics for our Grey base. We are committed to producing quiet and high quality animals. Blue Dog Brahmans is looking forward to the future of the Brahman Indusrty with great enthusiasm.