The Higgins family have been breeding cattle in the district since the 1880’s and are now based at Curracabark, Gloucester NSW.
Herefords were first introduced in the 1920’s as a wedding present to Herbert Higgins from his parents’ in-laws and some Angus bulls were used in 1940’s. The first Angus bulls were used in 1940’s.Curracabark Hereford stud was started in 1950 with females from Colly Creek, Timor, Bexly, Invernaion, and Ardno. The stud and commercial was run by Herbert Higgins from 1950 – 1958 and then John and Jim Higgins from 1958 until 2006 when cow numbers reached 1150. Currently run by Sandy and James Higgins (three generations on) from 2006 to present with 700 females joined.
Stud bulls were sold at Sydney Royal Show from 1952 until 1980’s allowing access to Queensland, NSW, Victoria, and Tasmania. A team of bulls were sold at the first Gloucester sale in 1958 and continued until the last sale in 2011, where the top price of $17,000 for Curracabark Equator was achieved.
The Angus Stud, Myra, (now Curracabark) was started in 1995 from Forres Females with bulls being sold at Knowla livestock sale until 2012. Further additions have been from Cangon Wattle Top and Trowbridge.
L to R: Jim Higgins, Herbert Higgins and John Higgins
L to R: Sandy Higgins and James Higgins