Hallcraig Santa stud was established in 2006 after using Santa Gertrudis bulls in a cross-breeding program over the past 25 years. Stud cows have been purchased from Santalands, Eidsvold Station, Rosevale, Hartwood and Kolodong studs. Bulls have been selected over the years from Kamawa, Sanford Vale, Hardigreen Park, Wave Hill, Rosevale & Greenup studs. Originally a Hereford herd, I could see that the cows needed a big lift. Angus bulls were used to produce Black Baldy F1 breeders who had great maternal and milk qualities. The next step was to try different breeds over that F1 female. Charolais, Limousin, Mandalong Special and Santa Gertrudis were used in an AI program. There are no prizes for guessing which was the best cross! Weight for age, doing ability, intelligence, docility-no other breed compares to the Santa Gertrudis.