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 was eager to re-establish the family’s cattle stud and the couple were thrilled when the original ‘Nindethana’ prefix and original stud number ‘315’ were allocated by the Droughtmaster Stud Breeders Society for this purpose.

The new chapter of Nindethana Droughtmasters began in 2007 and trades under the banner of Nindethana Pastoral Pty Ltd. The stud operates on the original Betts family property at Camp Mountain, and on a second property, ‘The Parklands’ located on the South Pine River approximately 10 kms from the home block.

The ‘new generation’ Nindethana herd has been built up slowly by 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.

During our first few years of operation, we were fortunate to have access to a number of proven stud sires on either a loan or co-operative basis which enabled us to fast track our breeding program.

We are extremely grateful and indebted to the Yates family (Sunderland Droughtmaster Stud) and the Pickering family (RSVP & Sylvan Springs Droughtmaster Studs) for their extraordinary generosity and unwavering support during these early days.

In 2012, we purchased our first stud sire, Bryvonlea Malachi, a Mungalla Tyrell son, and in 2013, our second sire, Jembrae Glenowie, a Glenlands D Look-a-Like son. In 2015, we increased our sire battery with the addition of RSVP Jackpot, a son of the now deceased, Orana Issac, and in 2016, Karragarra Miles, a Glenlands Pistol son, joined the team.

It is our vision to breed quality Droughtmaster 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 unpredictable climate.

In 2017, a third generation of Nindethana Droughtmasters was established when our son, Jackson, in conjunction with his partner, Emilie Lack, started their own prefix – Nindethana JEM.  The stud has been registered with the Droughtmaster Stud Breeders Society and their little herd is run in conjunction with Nindethana cattle and are currently joined with Nindethana sires.