Wakefield Charolais is a family operation run by Greg and Jenny Frizell ably assisted by their two daughters Lucy and Claire.
"Wakefield" is situated 50 kilometres east of Armidale on the Waterfall Way in the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales. Comprising 1200 acres of basalt and basalt/trap soils of eastern fall country at between 900 and 1100 metres of elevation it averages 930 mm of rainfall, with summer and autumn being most reliable. "Wakefield" is a highly developed property sown to a mixture of cocksfoot, fescues, ryegrasses, prairie grass and clovers fertilised regularly and runs approximately 400 breeding cows. It has a four-kilometre frontage to the Oaky river, a renowned platypus and brown trout stream.
The cattle are predominantly Charolais or Charolais cross (Shorthorn or Angus) to produce purebred or composite Charolais bulls, replacement heifers and steers/heifers aimed at the EU or feedlot markets. In 2017 the emphasis will be on AI and ET programs in our Charolais and Angus herd to use the current genetics from Canada, USA and Australia. We have increased our Angus herd with the purchase of a range of Angus embryos from Millah Murrah, Abbott Angus and The Grange. We became members of the Angus Society during 2009 with a view to providing a small number of purebred Angus bulls for sale.
Another nearby property "Chandler" purchased in 2000, comprising 850 acres is being developed and at this stage is running our dry stock and fattening steers and heifers as this works well with our pasture improvement program. We think that our own emphasis on commercial cattle production and producing profitable cattle is what has made Wakefield bulls so popular wherever they have been used.
In late 2014 we purchased the adjoining property "Ridgemount" which has given us plenty of work with developing the predominately native pastures so the carrying capacity is increased.
Our daughter Lucy is running a Farmstay at "Ridgemount" with her partner Chris Heywood. They are expanding their business to include another 'retreat' on Ridgemount. Lucy is also involved in a new business venture Precision Pastures. Please look at the links page for further details.
Claire is nearly finished her Veterinary Science degree from CSU Wagga, graduating in July. We're excited for her as she has worked so hard for six years at uni.
Greg And Jenny
Claire, Lucy, Greg and Jenny