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Over 100 years of Shorthorn excellence

Breeding performance focused bulls and heifers that will improve your bottom line

Sell your stock for more when you use our genetics

Strong maternal traits. Cows are expected to calve, raise a strong calf and get back in calf on their own. We don’t own calf pulling gear and don’t expect you to either.

Easy fleshing. Ability to fatten on grass in good seasons and in bad – you don’t need high protein grain based feeds or mixer wagons to get our cattle fat.

Supreme temperament. We actively select for docility which has been proven to result in faster calf growth rates and easier management.

Shorthorns: the leading breed for heterosis in black cattle

Due to the strong underlying maternal traits of the of Gairnshiel Shorthorns, using one of our bulls over black cows leads to higher levels of hetrosis (hybrid vigour) . Learn more how Shorthorns work best with black cattle by entering your email and downloading the white paper below:

“Excellent bull”

We bought a heifer bull from Leigh and are very happy with how they have turned out!”
David Smith

“Sound, functional and easy to handle”

“We are very happy with the bulls we have bought from Leigh and Jan over the years. They always perform and are good to work with”

Bruce Ross

“Great looking calves”

“I have been buying white bulls from Leigh for my Hereford herd for over 20 years and the results his bulls give me keep me coming back”

Pat Mangan

A family commitment

Leigh, Jan, James and Emma Williamson

Leigh and Jan have have been running Shorthorn cattle on Gairnshiel since 1977 and have sold over 2,000 bulls for stud use since that time. Many of their clients are repeat buyers, with some purchasing bulls or heifers from Leigh for 20+ consecutive years.

Please check out our sires page for more pictures and don’t forget to join our email list for sale updates, semen offers and special promotions.

We also run a speciality hay business, Central Victoria Hay that specializes in the best hay for rabbits, horses, alpacas, sheep, cattle and anything else that eats hay! Check it out if you need premium Oaten Hay or Lucerne Hay.