Stud Principal Don Louis has spent most of his life in Goomeri which is situated in the South Burnett region of South East Queensland (also known as Jo’s country for those of us old enough to remember one of our former Qld premiers Sir Jo Bjelke-Petersen).
Don was born and bred a farmer and was always on a tractor working for his dad or neighbours or working in the piggery and dairy. Don always loved cattle and in 1977, after starting a permanent job with the shire council driving machinery he purchased the property where he raised his family and where he still lives today. Don named the property ‘NANGUR’ (as it is located on the Nangur creek) and 1979 bought his first Simmental bull.
Nangur is primarily ironbark ridge and blue gum flat country where temperatures often exceed 40 plus degrees in summer with winters frosty and cold where the thermometer often shows less than minus 5 degrees. In a typical year the property receives approximately 650mm or 32 inches annual rainfall.
In 1985, after realising the benefits of using a Simmental cross in his commercial operation for a number of years he took the big step and started the “Nangur Simmental Stud’.
Nangurs location on the corner of two highways has meant that many buyers have simply found the stud by driving past and seeing cattle in the paddock. Along with word of mouth and multi-generational buyers Nangur Simmentals has survived all challenges of 35 years in the cattle stud industry and is still going strong today. Over the years Don has contributed to the Australian Simmental Breeders Society and is still an active member today.