Antigua Senepols

Committed to Breeding Excellence







The story of  the crossing of Red Poll with N’Damas on the island of St Croix through the early 1900’s to produce a tropical Bos Taurus breed, the subsequent recognition of this breed as Senepols in the 1950’s, and the eventual importation of the breed to Australia in the 1990’s, led to more careful consideration of establishing a Senepol stud. A clear ability to function in harsh tropical conditions, naturally polled cattle and full Bos Taurus attributes with a parasite coping ability were persuasive qualities of the Senepol breed that determined the establishment of Antigua Senepols by Ian Manly. In keeping with the geographic location of the Senepol adaption, Antigua was chosen as the stud name and Senepols were added to the existing beef cattle operation in 2006.
The base breeding herd was sourced from the best available quality genetics in Australia but supplemented by selected imported semen and embryos. From time to time the original foundation herd is supplemented through the acquisition of selected genetics from other Senepol Studs to maximise the genetic width of Antigua stock.  
The Antigua operation is based in the Gympie Regional Council area with the “home” property located at Lower Wonga (31 km North West of Gympie and just off the Wide Bay Highway). A second larger property is located at Tansey a further 45 km west of Lower Wonga with additional larger grazing country used through agistment agreements.

Breeding Excellence

Antigua uses only purebred Senepol Bulls in an operation comprising Senepol purebred cows and a selection of Charolais, Shorthorn and Angus females to produce specific herd bull genetics for clients. Both conventional and IVF reproduction techniques are used to supplement natural breeding activities and some contract co-operator breeding activity is used to maximise production. However, all calves are raised from weaning in the Gympie/South Burnett Region and all calves are fully adapted to the climate and parasite issues of the local area.

The stud applies strong selection criteria to retained bulls and replacement heifers with emphasis on the slick coat phenotype, fertility and structural correctness. Both stud and herd bulls are available for inspection throughout the year with the bulk of bulls rising two years of age in the spring/early summer of each year.