The Dance Family
The Dance Family have been passionate about all aspects of cattle breeding, as well as nutrition, finishing and showing for 50 years.
At the age of 19, David formed his first stud and since then has aimed to produce Bulls for the commercial cattlemen. For many years he has been ably assisted by his wife Christine and children Kate, Amy, Sarah and Fergus. Christine, a butcher’s daughter, had a firm idea as the direction the enterprise would take, and as a result meat quality has always been high on the priority list.
In 1990, Amy spotted a great Angus cow at the Rockhampton All Breeds Sale, which they subsequently purchased and began flushing.
Fergus returned home from University in Brisbane with a renewed fervour for cattle breeding, and really began the ball rolling. A trip to Lawson’s Angus record breaking 2002 Sale saw the purchase of New Design V1035 (Harry).
This was a turning point for the Dance’s and accelerated their drive to produce great cattle for Queensland’s Northern and Western Markets. Since then they have been heavily involved in artificial insemination and embryo transfer and more sires have been purchased providing the highest quality back up.
The first Double D Spring Sale in 2000 successfully cleared approximately 40 Bulls. However, the Dances were eager to increase the size of their on property sale at Millmerran, without compromising our key indicators of a desirable, productive animal.
With the commercial cattleman in mind and therefore the need to provide cattle with the genetics capable of producin the desired end result.
We recognise the need to focus on meat quality and realise this can be challenging in any environment. The ever-increasing demand for quality table beef means it is essential for seedstock producers to take this into consideration.
The Dance Angus breeding herd has been built up and consists of both Herd Book Registered and Angus Performance Registered breeders. The progeny of these performance selected breeders are offer for sale each year.
The Bulls are marketed for private treaty and also offered at the Spring Bull Sale on property at ‘Carribber’. A recent downsizing of the company has resulted in relocating all the stud’s breeders to their property at Glen Innes in Northern New South Wales.
Fergus has left us to take up a position with NAB Agribusiness in Toowoomba, taking with him a good deal of practical experience and knowledge that should stand him in good stead.
Daughters and sons in law, Kate and Jon Pinferi and Amy and Rhys Innes have decided to step in and help run the annual sale along with practical help throughout the year.
Both families will have bulls available for sale in their respective locations in the future.
The Dance Angus Stud comprises of both Herd Book Registered and Angus Performance Recorded cows. It is run on a Glen Innes basalt and granite property which has been pasture improved over the years. The breeding herd is now predominately Spring calving. Our heifers are joined to calve at two years of age.
The entire female herd is synchronised and artificially inseminated to selected sires. Backup sires are then depastured for two months to give them every chance to get into calf. The females are pregnancy tested and empty cows are sold to make way for the retained heifers. We have found this practice keeps our calving periods tight and makes for a more even line at sale time.
Fertility is paramount in cattle production whether stud or commercial and we are very pleased with the fertility exhibited in our female herd. We aim to produce quiet, easy doing females with sound structure.
It is very important for them to exhibit good milking habits, strong mothering traits and the ability to calve easily. Our aim is for the females to produce bulls with the genetic potential to maximize long term profitability as well as a good spread of figures which will attract the eye of the commercial cattleman. The Angus breed is known for its superior meat and carcase qualities, we strive for these qualities in our cattle; quality beef attracts a premium for both us and our clients.
We hold an on property Spring Bull Sale at “Carribber” Glen Innes in August selling approximately 70 semen tested bulls. Herd bulls available throughout the year, please contact us for further information.
David & Christine Dance
61 Deyrah Road
Shannon Vale via Glen Innes
David Mobile – 0407889125
Christine Mobile – 0437340110