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History

Billa Park Simmentals began with the purchase of its first Simmental bull in 1980 from the Wyalla Stud at Texas. The Siegfried son, Sundowner RA X 0719 bull was mated to Hereford cows and hence the stud was established.

As with any breed, Simmentals have seen their share of highs and lows – many of which the stud itself has weathered over the years. In the late 1990s, Billa Park would been wound-up if it wasn’t for the passion and belief of brothers Scott, Wayne and Luke York. From this point, the stud has grown in size from 30 pure cows to over 250 with the help of the boys’ parents Cliff and Joy York.

2009 saw the biggest expansion in the stud so far Billa Park’s purchase of the entire Bushlands Simmental Stud. After years of similar breeding programs, the opportunity of purchasing the entire herd was too good an option to pass up.

Below will take you through a timeline of all the critical points in the history of Billa Park that have inevitably changed and developed the herd:

  • 1980

    Purchase of first Simmental bull: Sundowner RA X0719.

  • 1982

    Purchase of Dunmore Hansel for $5500. A bull to leave a lasting impression.

  • 1987

    Lothlorian Herod was purchased. L Herod really raised the bar for Billa Park.

  • 1992

    13 cow and calves were purchased from the Wakatani Stud at Orange. These cows played a huge role in the stud through the ‘90s and many of Billa Park’s current cows go back to those bloodlines.

  • 1995

    Billa Park was the major vendor at the 1st Wandoan Simmental and Simbrah Sale, Wandoan Qld. Every year Billa Park continued on as a vendor at this sale except 1, until it’s conclusion in 2008.  The sale was subsequently moved to Roma and continues on annually in that location.

  • 2000

    Cliff and Joy pass the stud down for sons Scott, Wayne and Luke to carry on annually in that location.

  • 2002

    Billa Park’s main location moves from Wandoan to ‘Glengyle’, Dulacca – where the stud herd still presently resides.

  • 2005

    Marks the birth of our first fully-imported South African embryo, Billa Park SA Africa.

  • 2008

    Billa Park achieves an impressive result at the annual BCM Simmental and Simbrah Sale, Gracemere Qld: Equal top-price at $7000 for Billa Park 701.

  • 2009

    Top-priced bulls at both Roma Simmental and Simbrah Sale and BCM Simmental and Simbrah Sale. Billa Park Checkmate sells for $9000 to Meldon Park Simmentals and Billa Park Poll Corporal sells for $8000 to Brumby Pastoral Co, Blackwater.

  • 2009

    Billa Park implements its first embryo program. Billa Park Wine and Billa Park Wendy are selected as donor cows.

  • 2009

    Marks the purchase of the entire Bushlands Simmental & Simbrah herd.

  • 2011

    Sees the purchase of our first Canadian bull – Anchor D Midas 52X.

  • 2013

    Purchase of Woonallee Goldrush ($46,000 Australian Record Holder).

  • 2014

    Launch of Bulls on Ice.

  • 2015

    Outstanding bull sale results: 67 bulls sold at auction to average $6388 and top at $13,000 (Roma 48 @ $6968, AgGrow 3 @$4333, Clermont 16 @ $5031).