The Beutel family commenced breeding Santa Gertrudis cattle in 1972 with the purchase of a bull at the Coochin stud dispersal sale. So impressive were the bulls progeny that it sparked the beginning of our love for the great cherry red cattle. In 1980 Warrillee stud was founded on a property at Tarome in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range on the coastal side of Cunninghams Gap.
Warrillee Santa Gertrudis Stud was established with the purchase of our foundation sire Valleyview Barrington at the 1980 Brisbane Royal Show. A number of females were then acquired from various studs including the Agar dispersal sale, Robenlea, Keystone, Kabunga and Yarrawonga.
The Tarome property was a mixture of irrigation farming and grazing land with frontage to the Warrill creek for which the stud was named after. In 1997 the Tarome property was sold to focus solely on cattle breeding and finishing. The current property, 25km east of Tarome in the Bunburra district 6km south of the town of Boonah was then purchased as a base for the Warrillee stud in conjunction with another property in the Milford district 4km away. To promote the stud we commenced showing stud cattle in 1985 and for the next 10 years Warrillee cattle were shown throughout south east QLD and the eastern Darling Downs including Toowoomba and Brisbane Royal shows and Santa Feature shows. Some of the highlights are:
Warrillee Bella - at the 1987 Allora Santa Feature show where there was 105 entries from 20 studs, 22 heifers in the class Warrillee Bella and Warrillee Bluebell were placed first and second and then awarded Junior and Reserve Junior Champion females, they were both by Karowara Eldorado a fully Goonoo blood bull. In 1989 Bella was judged Reserve Senior female at the Toowoomba Royal and 4th in her class at the Brisbane Royal. In 1990 Bella was the Supreme Exhibit at the Stanthorpe show and won the Queensland Times award for the Most Successful Tropical breeds female on the West Moreton and Brisbane Valley show circuit.
Warrillee Candy - At the 1988 Brisbane Royal Warrillee Candy by Karowara Eldorado was placed 2nd in the 24 - 30 months class.
Warrillee Conqueror by Karowara Eldorado won the Queensland Times award for the most successful Tropical Breeds Bull on the West Moreton and Brisbane Valley show circuit for 2 years 1989 and 1990.
Warrillee Daffodil - At the 1989 Brisbane Royal Warrillee Daffodil by Normanby 49 was placed first in the 18-20 month class and then awarded Reserve Junior Champion female.
Warrillee Fancy - In 1991 Warrillee Fancy, Sire Douglas 909 and Dam Warrillee Bella was judged Calf Champion at the Toowoomba Royal and first in her class at the Brisbane Royal.
Warrillee 699 (Sandy) - by Gyranda Zurich is one of our most successful show cows winning numerous awards including being awarded Supreme Tropical breeds female at Boonah show for 4 consecutive years.
After the conclusion of showing we have held a number of on property field days to promote our cattle and the Santa breed.
Stud Sires who have had a major impact on the Warrillee herd just to name a few are : Karowara Eldorado – He was a fully Goonoo blood bull, Eldorado left us a great base of quality females for the new stud . Some of his progeny are Warrillee Conqueror, Annabel, Bella and Candy.
King Ranch Lycus – Sire King Ranch Everest Dam by King Ranch Builder. Lycus was the second highest price unled bull at the King Ranch dispersal sale in 1989. Some of his progeny are Warrillee 347 top price bull at the first AG Show Santa bull sale in 1996 he sold to AA Co, Warrillee 230 top priced cow and calf unit at the 1995 Big S female sale at Oakey and Warrillee 241 top price female at the 1996 Big S female sale.
Moongana Quilty – by Nine Bar Tourus (IMP ) sire of Warrillee 508 top price bull at the inaugural Brisbane Valley bull sale in 2000.
Oakdale Lambert – by Oakdale Forecaster sire of Warrillee 392 second highest price bull at the 1997 AG Show sale and Warrillee 389 retained as a stud sire at Warrillee.
Warrillee 389 – by Oakdale Lambert , sire of Warrillee Vernon second highest price bull at the 2003 AG Show sale he sold for $14 000 to Dangarfield stud and has 251 registered calves to date.
Gyranda Zurich – by Gyranda Vaucluse, he was purchased at the 1999 Gyranda sale. Zurich is the sire of Santalands Action sold to Moongana stud , Action has sired 297 registered calves and his sire Zurich has sired 298 registered calves during his long lifetime. Warrillee 699 (Sandy) by Zurich is one of our most successful show cows and is the dam of Warrillee Fortress (P) top price bull at the 2012 Brisbane Valley sale and Warrillee 741 was the top price cow and calf unit at the 2008 Landmark female sale.
Dangarfield Renault (PS) – by Dangarfield Navigator (PS) . Renault was purchased at the 2009 Dangarfield sale , he was the top price bull. Renault's first son to be sold was Warrillee F34 (P) he sold for the equal highest price at the 2012 AG Show sale of $13 000 to Swan Hill stud and at the 2012 Brisbane Valley sale Warrillee Fortress (P) sold for the top price of the sale of $19 000 to Bullamakinka stud .
Warrillee commenced selling bulls at auction at the Big S sale in 1992 and at the inaugural Brisbane Valley sale in 2000. Some of the highlights of Warrillee bull sales are :
1996 Ag Show sale – Warrillee 347 (sire King Ranch Lycus ) top price sold to AA Co.
1997 AG Show sale – Warrillee 392 ( sire Oakdale Lambert ) second highest price.
2000 Inaugural Brisbane Valley sale – Warrillee 508 ( sire Moongana Quilty) top price.
2003 AG Show sale – Warrillee Vernon (sire Oakdale Lambert) second highest price he sold for $14 000 to Dangarfield stud.
2010 AG Show sale – Warrillee Dodge (sire Moongana 1164 (P)) equal highest price of $9 000 to Dangerfield stud.
2011 Brisbane Valley sale – Warrillee Emperor (PS) (sire Wave Hill Baldwin (P) ) top price bull he sold for $20 000 to Oakdale stud.
2012 AG Show sale – Warrillee F34 (P) (sire Dangarfield Renault (PS) ) equal highest price he sold for $13 000 to Swan Hill stud.
2012 Brisbane Valley sale – Warrillee Fortress (P) (sire Dangarfield Renault (PS) ) top price bull he sold for $19 000 to Bullamakinka stud.
Warrillee has been selling a select number of females at multi vendor female sales since 1988 some of the highlights are :
1995 Big S female sale at Oakey – Warrillee 230 (sire King Ranch Lycus ) top price cow and calf unit.
1996 Big S female sale – Warrillee 241 (sire King Ranch Lycus) top price and another Warrillee female second highest price.
2007 Landmark female sale – Warrillee 900 ( sire Santalands Z38 (P) ) top price cow and calf unit she sold to Rochester in Victoria.
2008 Landmark female sale – Warrillee 741 (sire Gyranda Zurich) top price cow and calf unit.
Throughout the studs history, bulls and females have been sold to Queensland , New South Wales and Victorian studs. The Beutel family's proud history of cattle breeding and farming in South East Queensland goes back as far as the 1870's and Jeff is now a fifth generation Queensland cattle breeder.