Rowallan was established in 1959 by Ian Reid. It was run for many years by Ian with help from his son David.
In 2004 Ian’s grandson Matt and his wife Amy returned to the farm and took over the running of the stud. Together they have helped the stud go from strength to strength, providing rams that are not only visually appealing but have great figures which combine to provide sires the industry is demanding.
A Family Affair
Matt’s most enjoyable part of the stud is weaning the lambs. It’s the time when he gets to sit back and admire the growth and development of the lambs and see the rewards of the planning, joining and lambing that he has put into it. That’s when he gets really excited about the next sale and what he will have to offer. And then there is the sorting the rams for the sale, that’s where he gets to see how those weaned lambs have grown into something that he is really proud of.
Amy’s favourite part would have to be the lambing. It is the coming together of all the planning, joining and months of waiting. While it is a hectic time of the year it is so rewarding to finally see the fruits of their labour on the ground and with the temperament of our ewes improving all the time it is a wonderful thing to be a part of. And to this day she still finds seeing a newborn lamb exciting and completely amazing.
The stud is a family affair and we are all very much a part of the running of it. Matt and Amy’s children Kaitlin and Nate love helping out with the stud and are very handy, especially at lambing time and love attending the ram sale.
With the interest they are showing we feel the stud has a very safe and long future.
Our Other Activities
The stud is only part of what we do. We have a mixed farm comprising cropping, cross bred sheep and cattle. We run 2000 cross bred ewes for prime lamb production so we understand what people are looking for in a ram as that is our bread and butter too. We also have around 200 head of cattle.