Huntly Droughtmasters was founded by Edward and Catherine Barton of Clermont in 1962, making it a third generation owned stud.


The stud originated when classifiers from the breed’s founding committee selected 25 Brahman/Shorthorn cross heifers from the Huntly herd making the stud the 23rd to be registered. The purpose of this was for Huntly to be able to produce its own genetic breeding program for both stud and commercial cattle. The first bull bought for the Stud was Strathfield Baritone, followed by Pine Valley Prince who was purchased at the 1966 Droughtmaster sale in Rockhampton.

Today, as was the case 50 years ago, Huntly remains focused on the key attributes of the Droughtmaster breed. This allows versatility in Australia’s harsh and differing environments, whilst still remaining flexible enough to suit a variety of commercial uses.

Huntly Droughtmasters looks forward to further expansion and improvement of their cattle to meet the demands of an ever growing industry.