Ross Thompson says he was born lucky, growing up on the land in the NSW Central Tablelands. But there’s been more than luck involved in the extraordinary success of Millah Murrah, the Angus cattle stud he and his wife Dimity took over in 2003.
Under their stewardship, its breeding program has developed international renown. Millah Murrah has been producing 400 registered calves annually, selling 170 bulls and 300 embryos each year.
The market for its progeny is buoyant. Thompson has set a slew of beef industry price records over the past decade. All punctuated by the sale of a $190,000 heifer in October 2017, which established an Australasian beef female price record.
Thompson (son of late Olympic equestrian-turned-cattleman Wyatt Thompson) studied economics after leaving school and worked briefly in the banking industry but says the call of the country was always strong.
When a neighbouring property came up for sale in 1993, his father suggested it might be time to come home and help run the expanded operation.
Over the next 10 years, the pair laid the groundwork for transforming the family’s 1,950-acre stud and commercial cattle run. Together they turned it into one of the best studs in the country.
Following Wyatt’s retirement in 2003, Thompson amped up his efforts to create Australia’s premier Angus cow herd by marrying modern technology with old-fashioned cattle breeding know-how.