Our History

Nindethana Droughtmaster Stud is proudly owned and operated by Bronwyn Betts and Michael Hawkins and their family. The stud was first established in the late 1970’s by Bronwyn’s parents, the late Jack and Thelma Betts, and operated on the Betts family property at Camp Mountain in the Samford Valley, north west of Brisbane.

Following the passing of her parents, Bronwyn re-established the family’s cattle stud with the original ‘Nindethana’ prefix and original stud number ‘315’ approved by the Droughtmaster Stud Breeders’ Society for this purpose.

The second generation of Nindethana Droughtmasters began in 2007 and trades under the banner of Nindethana Pastoral Pty. Ltd. The stud is located on the original Betts family property at Camp Mountain, which is nestled in the shadows of the De’Aguilar Range. Additional breeder blocks are located along the South Pine River on land that was formerly the CSIRO Samford Grass Research Station.

The ‘second generation’ Nindethana herd was built up slowly with the careful selection and purchasing of quality females from major Droughtmaster Society sponsored and endorsed female sales, and select Droughtmaster stud dispersal and reduction sales.

Females were selected for temperament, structural soundness, genetic history of fertility and milking capacity, and mothering ability.  To this we added sires from Bryvonlea, RSVP Jembrae, Karragarra, Glenlands and Rondel bloodlines.  Today, almost all of our replacement females are Nindethana bred.

It is our vision to breed quality Drougthmaster cattle that are quiet and easy to manage, are structurally sound, fertile, display good mothering ability, and are capable of adapting to the challenges that are increasingly presented by our environment and our unpredictable climate.

In 2017, a third generation of Nindethana Droughtmasters was established when our son, Jackson and daughter in-law, Emilie, started their own prefix-Nindethana JEM.