The Flower family began farming in 1879 when Roger’s great grandfather, Frederick Flower, the son of an English immigrant, took up a selection in the Bega Valley. Together with his Irish wife Mary and seven children they moved their herd of cattle in 1905, firstly by train to Tenterfield and then overland on foot to Bangalow in NSW. Roger’s parents, Geoff and Joy moved with their family to the New England area in 1963.
After a prolonged period in Sydney, Roger and Geralyn returned to the district in 1996 and purchased “Myola” at Black Mountain. They have been breeding Angus cattle for the past 21 years. The formation of their herd began with the purchase of 200 Hazeldean blood heifers from Witacoola Pastoral Company, Mullaley and 50 heifers from Sam White at Bald Blair Angus, Guyra.
Their then neighbours, Phil and Michelle Wooster from Ebony Hills Angus provided valuable insight into Angus genetics. Through selective breeding and an Artificial Insemination program, they kicked a few goals producing high-performance weaner steers with high growth rates and marbling that have consistently performed well in the feedlot market.
Bridgewater has been breeding Angus cattle for 21 years.
Through selective breeding and an Artificial Insemination program, they have gained a reputation for high performance weaners with high growth rates and marbling that consistently perform well in the feedlot market.
Bridgewater steers were one of the top performers in the Angus Benchmarking program, Cohorts 1, 2 and 3. They now run a herd of 700 Angus females, 200 of which are APR and HBR stud cows, over two properties “Myola” and “Westview”.
Bridgewater Angus has always invested in high-quality stud bulls and has sourced semen locally and from outside Australia to use in their breeding program. They are fortunate to live in a region where exceptional Angus genetics are at their disposal. They are very excited about the expansion into the stud business and look forward to producing top quality stud bulls.