Riverina Santa Gertrudis

Stud #1070 was established in 1977 by Rob Sinnamon.

Originally located on the Sinnamon family property at Harlin in South-East Queensland.  Riverina was based on predominantly Robenlea bloodlines owned by Rob’s parent, Ron and Lynley Sinnamon, at that time. St Helena and Bolinda Vale females were also acquired in the early years.

Riverina was run in conjunction with Robenlea until 1988, with progeny bred, subsequently integrated into this herd as Rob became a partner in the Sinnamon family Santa Gertrudis business. The cattle were initially run at “Torryburn” at Harlin (1977-1994), Dingyarra at Toogoolawah (1987-2002) and later at Peek-a-doo, Taroom (1998-2002). Notable cattle produced during this period included, the $38,500 top price bull at the 1988 Annual Robenlea Sale – Riverina Jim Beam purchased by Murrumbo Santa Gertrudis Stud. Riverina Julia was also a top female selling privately to Dave Christensen for $25,000 in 1987.

With the dissolution of the Sinnamon family partnership in 2002, Rob, Lorraine and Andrew Sinnamon moved to Manage Yulgilbar Station at Baryulgil in North-Eastern NSW for the Baillieu Myer family. A small number of Santa Gertrudis females were moved to Yulgilbar at that time. A top quality Yulgilbar female (Yulgilbar Wine) was subsequently acquired by son Andrew who went on to win Reserve Senior Champion Cow at the 2005 Brisbane Royal as well as winning multiple interbreed championships throughout Northern River Shows.

By 2012 Rob and Lorraine began progressively purchasing at auction several Yulgilbar Stud females and began to build their stud cattle numbers once again.

Riverina was fortunate to be able to sell sale progeny through the Yulgilbar Annual Production Sale, with the stud’s cattle regularly being amongst the top money earners at this annual event with Riverina bred bulls topping the 2014 Sale and 2nd top money at the 2018 ($31,500) and 2021 ($28,000) sales respectively.

2017 saw Rob and Lorraine Sinnamon purchase the Kyogle district property, ” Mayfield”, as a future base to accommodate the growing number of top-quality stud females. At this time Rob and Lorraine commenced trading their personal business interests as RL Pastoral Company.

The Female Herd:  In addition to the purchase of Yulgilbar genetics, Riverina has acquired further top priced females from several Santa Gertrudis seed stock producers at auction including:

  • Bullamakinka
  • Diamond H
  • Kemmis Creek
  • Tookey Creek
  • Tyndale
  • Wellbach
  • Burramurra
  • Nangaringa
  • Gyranda

In 2018 longtime client of the Sinnamon family, Clinton Wheatley from Western Australia also approached the growing business and subsequently entered a joint venture with Riverina on several elite females that Clinton has purchased with the resultant progeny thru Embryo transfer being sold in partnership.

Successful show cow, Yulgilbar Mississippi, was purchased for $30,000 in 2018.

Yulgilbar Nightingale (sired by the 2015 US National Champion Sire –777 Vegas 411 (P)) sold privately for what is believed to be an Australian record for a Santa Gertrudis Female ($50,000) in 2019.

2021 saw further elite purchases include the $25,000 Murgona Magenta (P) and the $20,000 Jamar Ribbon R53 (AI) (P).

The Spring of 2021 saw the stud mate 150 stud females.

Embryo transfer and IVF continue to be utilized to multiply high quality genetics, including semen from Red Doc Never Better (USA) sold in the US for $197,000 AUD.

Sire Power

The current Sire Battery has seen a significant investment in high performance sires.

  • Yulgilbar Las Vegas (P) sired by Yarrawonga Drover (P)for $30,000
  • Yulgilbar Major General (PP) by Cardona Nardoo (P)for $31,000
  • Yulgilbar Platinum (PP) sired by Cardona Patterson (P) for $28,000
  • Yulgilbar Queens Council (PP) sired by Moongana Karachi (P) for $40,000
  • Bullamakinka Rocky (P) sired by Bullamakinka Diplomat (P) for $130,000
  • Tookey Creek Northern N4 (P) sired by Waco Einstein (purchased as a calf at foot on his mother)

Sale Cattle are available both privately and by Auction. 2022 will see Rob and Lorraine complete a 20 year term with Yulgilbar Pastoral Company. The Sinnamon family are excited to again continue to grow and expand their private business interests, trading as RL Pastoral Company.

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