ABOUT ROCKLEY BRAHMANS

Red Brahman Bulls for sale since the 1950s

THREE GENERATIONS OF STUD BREEDERS, 65 YEARS OF BRAHMAN GENETICS

The lessons learned and experiences gained in over sixty-five years breeding by three generations of hardworking, committed and commercially astute cattle producers shows when evaluating the Rockley Brahmans herd today. In farming what can go wrong often does goes wrong and these three generations have weathered the test of time. In addition to the cattle stud, Rockley Red Brahmans commercial beef operation also produces saleable beef accredited for the EU market. Underpinning Rockley Red Brahman Stud is a solid commercial beef operation. This dual focus means that Rockley’s stud offering remains as commercially focussed today as it was in the 1950s whilst continually looking to the future to inform decision making today.

Rockley Red Brahmans has always been a “family affair” and those family values include innovation, hard work, honesty and resilience. Formed by Arnie then built on by Chris and Sally the inter-generational focus grows with Ashley and Kate now having started a family of their own. Arnie’s vision was successful and the future looks bright for Rockley with all family members creating a legacy of their own.

Find out more about Rockley Brahmans and the proud history of the Kirks by reading below.

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Ashley & Kate Kirk

Co-owners/Stud Managers
Rockley Brahmans

Memberships
Australian Brahman Breeders’ Association
Rockhampton Grammar School Agricultural Industry Advisory Group

About Ashley…

There are plenty of ways to describe Ashley Kirk…a third generation Red Brahman breeder, an advocate of IVF and ethical livestock practices or, quite simply, a hard-working cattleman. To prove the real mettle of the man, you’ve got to rewind to 2012 when Bovine Johne’s Disease was detected at his family’s Rockley property. Ashley’s response was to reassess, relocate and rebuild in a way that’s positioned him at the peak of his industry.

To develop the new-look stud at Ungarra, Ashley drew upon the family’s extensive experience (more than 60 years of breeding Red Brahmans) and set about improving upon the already impressive genetics they’d developed. Innately enquiring, collaborative and methodical in his approach to research and development, Ashley embraced an IVF system designed to rapidly produce superior progeny whilst preserving their irreplaceable genetics.

Ashley & Kate Kirk

Co-owners/Stud Managers
Rockley Brahmans

Memberships
Australian Brahman Breeders’ Association
Rockhampton Grammar School Agricultural Industry Advisory Group

About Ashely…

There are plenty of ways to describe Ashley Kirk…a third generation Red Brahman breeder, an advocate of IVF and ethical livestock practices or, quite simply, a hard-working cattleman. To prove the real mettle of the man, you’ve got to rewind to 2012 when Bovine Johne’s Disease was detected at his family’s Rockley property. Ashley’s response was to reassess, relocate and rebuild in a way that’s positioned him at the peak of his industry.

To develop the new-look stud at Ungarra, Ashley drew upon the family’s extensive experience (more than 60 years of breeding Red Brahmans) and set about improving upon the already impressive genetics they’d developed. Innately enquiring, collaborative and methodical in his approach to research and development, Ashley embraced an IVF system designed to rapidly produce superior progeny whilst preserving their irreplaceable genetics.

Ashley & Kate Kirk

Co-owners/Stud Managers
Rockley Brahmans

Memberships
Australian Brahman Breeders’ Association
Rockhampton Grammar School Agricultural Industry Advisory Group

About Ashley…

There are plenty of ways to describe Ashley Kirk…a third generation Red Brahman breeder, an advocate of IVF and ethical livestock practices or, quite simply, a hard-working cattleman. To prove the real mettle of the man, you’ve got to rewind to 2012 when Bovine Johne’s Disease was detected at his family’s Rockley property. Ashley’s response was to reassess, relocate and rebuild in a way that’s positioned him at the peak of his industry.

To develop the new-look stud at Ungarra, Ashley drew upon the family’s extensive experience (more than 60 years of breeding Red Brahmans) and set about improving upon the already impressive genetics they’d developed. Innately enquiring, collaborative and methodical in his approach to research and development, Ashley embraced an IVF system designed to rapidly produce superior progeny whilst preserving their irreplaceable genetics.

Committed to ongoing visual assessment and data collection, Ashley has developed seven elite breeding attributes upon which all Rockley Brahmans’ bulls and females are assessed. Additionally, he’s adopted a meticulous elite weaner grading system. In effect, these practices help reassure purchasers that the Red Brahmans purchased from Rockley Brahmans will be efficient, fertile and of sound temperament to easily integrate with existing herds.

Ashley’s overwhelming mission is to deliver cattle that live up to expectations. He wants stud and commercial customers to know exactly what they’re buying. To this end, Ashley provides ongoing consultation, inviting input and welcoming ongoing feedback. He always makes time to talk about how other studs are going, their challenges and how he can help.

It’s in his nature to take a hands-on approach. Ashley attributes his tireless work ethic to his mum and dad, Sally and Chris. Chris is Ashley’s mentor, providing sage advice right from when he started mustering as a school boy. Ashley appreciates his parents’ unconditional support and credits his mum as being a ‘brilliant communicator’ capable of bringing everyone together, a trait that he hopes will rub off on him.

Today, Ashley’s become a mentor in his own right. He’s joined the Agricultural Industry Advisory Group at the Rockhampton Grammar School and hopes to encourage more young people to carve out successful careers on the land.

Committed to ongoing education, Ashley has taken part in a range of courses covering low stress handling techniques and artificial insemination. His industry peers awarded him a 2013 Australian Beef Industry Foundation (ABIF) Scholarship to take part in the Marcus Oldham Rural Leadership Program. Then, in 2015 he was one of only nine young Australians chosen to participate in the Graeme Acton Beef Connections Mentor Program. These are the accolades Ashley’s unlikely to tell you about.

He’s unassuming and more likely to roll up his sleeves and lend a hand than to stand back and issue instructions. It’s that ‘get in and get things done’ approach that’s central to how he and his family have always conducted their business.

Personally…

Although he feels most at home at Ungarra, Ashley travels extensively. In recent years he has attended World Brahman Congresses in Panama and South Africa as well as heading elsewhere to gain international insights into breeding elite Red Brahmans.

Ashley’s played rugby for more than a decade, representing Rockhampton, Central Queensland and Queensland Country. When he hung up his rugby boots in 2012, he took on a coaching role with his beloved Dawson Valley Drover’s.

About Kate…

Kate grew up in Brisbane and met Ashley in 2012. A woman with a passion for helping others and the country Kate relocated to Rockhampton prior to moving to Moura. Kate is a social worker and has enjoyed working with children and young people for over ten years. Kate enjoys working with Ashley to raise their young family of two toddlers under three in the bush and with what little spare time she has also enjoys animals, gardening and cooking. Kate is passionate about the country, people from the country and its where she wants to raise her family.

Chris & Sally Kirk

Co-owners
Rockley Brahmans

Memberships – Chris
Chairman of Landcare
Bajool Rodeo & Campdraft Committee
Rural Fire Brigade
Ratepayers Association

About…

Words such as calm, genuine and committed to farm and family, perfectly describe Chris and Sally Kirk of Rockley Brahmans Stud.

For Chris, a fascination with genetics dates back to his school days some 40 years ago. Since then, an in-depth knowledge has sustained his direction and focus for choosing stud bulls and finding the traits that best suit Rockley’s clients.

A former teacher, Sally’s key roles as wife, mother and bookkeeper have supported both the extended Kirk family and the business for several decades. Her organisation skills and reliability are considered an asset.

Chris & Sally Kirk

Co-owners
Rockley Brahmans

Memberships – Chris
Chairman of Landcare
Bajool Rodeo & Campdraft Committee
Rural Fire Brigade
Ratepayers Association

About…

Words such as calm, genuine and committed to farm and family, perfectly describe Chris and Sally Kirk of Rockley Brahmans Stud.

For Chris, a fascination with genetics dates back to his school days some 40 years ago. Since then, an in-depth knowledge has sustained his direction and focus for choosing stud bulls and finding the traits that best suit Rockley’s clients.

A former teacher, Sally’s key roles as wife, mother and bookkeeper have supported both the extended Kirk family and the business for several decades. Her organisation skills and reliability are considered an asset.

Over three generations, Rockley Brahmans Stud has built a solid reputation as superior breeders of elite Red Brahmans and preferred suppliers of quality herd bulls.

Born in Mundubbera, Queensland, Chris moved to Rockley when he was 9. After leaving boarding school he worked there with his father, Arnie. When he was 21, the ownership of Rockley was put into his name. Apart from short periods on properties in Nebo, Marlborough, Clermont and Theodore, Rockley is where Chris has spent his working life.

In 1995, Arnie passed away and soon after Chris’s son, Ashley, left school and came to work with him on Rockley. Today, Kirk family properties include Rockley at Bajool, Ungarra at Moura and Cedars at Banana, each within 200km of Rockhampton.

Rockley Brahmans’ major clients are commercial bull buyers, and it is Chris’s focused and thoughtful understanding of their requirements that guides his business decisions and success. For him, it is a question of ethics and professional integrity to present to a client a line of cattle of the highest quality. With the goal of producing elite Red Brahmans, Chris has always been open to new ideas and keen to embrace change in order to benefit buyers, the animals, the business and the industry as a whole.

By way of example of this innovative approach, in the early 1980’s Arnie and Chris sourced breeding stock from America. Their objective was to use Embryo Transfer and Artificial Insemination to introduce new blood into their Red Brahman herd.

Following many years of success using American Red Brahman genetics, Chris and Ashley again broke new ground by using imported Grey Brahman semen in Rockley ET programmes. Positive results in the sales ring have since demonstrated the wisdom of this decision in the development of premium product.

With animal welfare central to Rockley’s business practices, Chris has value-added on all of the properties by improving water infrastructure; upgrading windmills with solar power; and renewing and repairing old yards and fences. However, planting 200 acres of leucaena at the Cedars property proved to be a master stroke, to the extent that Rockley bulls were able to gain and maintain their weight during winter for Northern clients. Recognising the potential for land improvement elsewhere, Chris then purchased Ungarra and has since planted a further 800 acres of leucaena.

Rockley Brahmans Stud was quarantined in November 2012 after three stud cows tested positive for Bovine Johne’s Disease. Despite the significant financial and emotional challenges, the experience has nevertheless strengthened the family’s resolve and built a newfound resilience into the business.

During this period, Chris and Sally took time to reflect and as a result, their passion to breed elite Red Brahmans has both endured and grown. What is more, they have become aware of industry-wide issues and opportunities which further build their own expertise and which they generously share with their industry peers and clients.

Personally …

Chris acknowledges his father’s strong influence in his life, teaching him to breed cattle and look continually for ways to add value to the farming business. He also credits his mother Isabel’s keen interest in gardening as the inspiration for his hands-on approach to responsible land care. Chris’s hobby interests include wood and metalwork. He has an ultralight plane which he uses mainly for work, but also admits occasionally for pleasure. When he can get away, he enjoys traveling overseas to spend time with family. Naturally curious, Chris finds something to pique his interest wherever he goes.

Sally appreciates the education her parents were able to provide for her despite financial hardship, and values her balanced upbringing – school in the city and home in the country. Committed to her family and friends, Sally enjoys yoga and maintaining her personal fitness.

OUR KEY VALUES

Transparent

We are happy and willing to tell you every little detail about the animals we breed. We pride ourselves on being open and honest.

Client Focused

We put the client first, we know what cattle we aim to breed but first and foremost we listen to what you want. We are here for you, to meet your needs and wants and to put you first.

Professional

We aim to be more business-like than any other cattle breeder. We pride on ourselves on being reliable, competent and respectful.

Trustworthy

You can rely on us to be truthful, honest and kind. We follow through on what we say we will do.

OUR PROPERTIES

Cedars

  • Banana, Queensland

This property features fully improved pastures.

  • Location – 168 km south west of Rockhampton
  • Size – 610 hectares (1,500 acres)
  • Country – Softwood and Brigalow scrub with Leucaena planted
  • Purpose – Growing out steers

Rockley

  • Bajool, Queensland

Home base for the Rockley prefix and the Kirk family.

  • Location – 36 km south of Rockhampton
  • Size – 2,630 hectares (6,500 acres)
  • Country – Coastal, open forest, improved grasses
  • Purpose – Breeders

Ungarra

  • Moura, Queensland

This property is highly productive Callide Dawson country.

  • Location – 180 km south west of Rockhampton
  • Size – 3,137 hectares (7,750 acres)
  • Country – Brigalow scrub with Leacaena planted
  • Purpose – Stud breeding, fattening and bull depot.

More Questions?

GET IN TOUCH TODAY

Have some more questions or need to send us a message? Head over to our contact page to get in touch with Ashley, or Chris and Sally Kirk.

More Questions?

GET IN TOUCH TODAY

Have some more questions or need to send us a message? Head over to our contact page to get in touch with Ashley, or Chris and Sally Kirk.