Hardigreen Park is a Santa Gertrudis stud located in the rolling picturesque hills in the North West Slopes and Plains of New South Wales Australia, 48kms south of Tamworth on the New England Hwy and 22kms east of Quirindi.
In addition to Hardigreen Park another property “Santa Vale” located 60km to the east in the Woolomin Valley gives us the geographical diversity and scale we require to have a broad genetic base which allows us to run a crossbred herd of Santa, Angus and their crosses. We are predominately a seed stock producer, supplying bulls and females to stud and commercial breeders in the beef industry.
The stud was founded and registered in February 1972, by Moreton Rolfe and was based at Mittagong in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. On 1 January 1979, the stud re-located to “Hardigreen Park” south of Tamworth, and in 1987, “Santa Vale”, at Woolomin was purchased to allow for expansion of the stud and commercial herds. In 2003, a property adjoining “Santa Vale” was purchased to cater for further growth.
Foundation genetics consisted of progeny from Red Beef, Jumping Rock, Big Sur, Lilydale, Widden, Goonoo, King Ranch, Cumberland and Yarrawonga Studs. Adding to this base over the years the strength of the herd has been continually added to with new bloodlines including sires and breeding females from Gyranda, Pinaroo, Waco, Dangarfield, Yarawonga, Glenn Oaks, Glen View, Warenda, Wave Hill, Kelly Wallah, Gralyn, Benelkay, Tookey Creek,Drensmaine, Sujo,Cumberland,Biara, Santa Park, Forest Park, Watasanta, Raytek, Diamond H, Yulgilbar and Ibrox Park.
The management of these properties and livestock has consisted of only two men since 1974, the first was Colin Rosewarne who commenced his duties as the stud’s manager, a position he held with distinction until his retirement in April 2005. During that time he planned the development of the stud herd with great success, ensuring that the cattle retained the essential characteristics of the Santa Gertrudis breed.
His retirement led to the appointment of Colin Patterson as manager. Colin arrived at Hardigreen Park with immense experience within the breed, particularly at Murrumbo, King Ranch, Cumberland and Gyranda and is continuing the genetic improvement of the herd.
Hardigreen Park looks forward to the future with great expectations. We believe that the genetic base established over so many years will allow us to continue to breed quality Bos Indicus derived cattle with the benefits of drought resistance, bloat tolerance, combined with growth, weight for age, fertility and carcase quality which can be used with confidence. Thus our motto:
“Hardigreen Park, where good Santas get together”
We believe we are achieving this.