Norolle Gelbvieh females and calves May 2016
Clyde Johnson first saw Gelbvieh cattle in 1982 at Colorado State
University, when in the USA with veterinarian and friend Dr Peter
The university team had done an ET program with a small herd of 32
females, which they retained at the University. Clyde was impressed with
excellent milking and mothering ability combined with optimum carcase
Later in 1982 semen to start the Norolle herd was sourced in Perth, WA.
It had been imported in 1974 from the Scottish Milk Marketing Board.
Scottish Herkules was one of two bulls in stock. He proved to be an
foundation sire. Later Scottish Horst, MMB Hans and MMB Hock were used.
Clyde started with the semen as a trial to breed station milkers, using
it over Poll Herefords and Milking Shorthorns.
The priority in grading up was to breed cattle that can handle a harsh
Clyde and daughters, Julie and Kirrily, developed the stud. The
then partnership, Norolle Pastoral Company, registered it.
They produced Australia’s first purebred (15/16)
upgrade animals with a flush of four in November 1989, after a long
The great and rewarding progress continued using
imported sires and later homebred sires.
SHOWING & SELLING
Norolle’s displays at local shows made the public aware of Gelbvieh
In 1993 as a first time Gelbvieh exhibiter at the Brisbane Royal,
Junior Champion Female, Norolle High Society M600, born 3 February 1992.
Show successes followed year after year, with Championships at Sydney
Brisbane Royals and Beef Rockhampton. These wins included Interbreed
at Brisbane in 1999 and 2001 and Supreme Gelbvieh Exhibit in Sydney in
and again in 2010. See photos on
News & Views page.
Although Norolle Cattle Company no longer exhibits at shows, Norolle
bulls and females sell privately to satisfied new and
Norolle Cattle Company is proud of the stock produced, happy to
Gelbvieh breed and very honoured when Clyde and Alison Johnson, in 2008,
granted Life Membership of the Australian Gelbvieh Asn Inc. for Services
to the Breed.