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Gates Performance Genetics

 We're here to supply you with the best genetics we can find to enable you to increase your profits. We're a seedstock producing company supplying superior beef and meat sheep genetics to our clients and primary producers. The genetics we offer seek to enable you to push your production systems performance from conception to consumption.

Rick, Julie and now Sam Gates are proud to be the 2nd and 3rd generation of the Gates family to be seedstock producers in the New England area of the Northern Tablelands. We have designed our website to achieve multiple objectives in providing up to date industry information and to openly display our program to all visitors.

 My father Arthur Gates has been breeding Poll Dorset sheep, Charolais and composite bulls for almost 50 years, although in the early years he did do some showing (with great success) in recent years his operation is solely performance orientated. In 1997 Arthur was rewarded for his contribution to the meat sheep industry and awarded MLA Seedstock Producer of the Year

 Sam and I have been brought up through and involved in this program and have a thorough knowledge of the performance orientated side of the stud stock/seedstock industry.

Julie whilst working off farm still performs many of the day to day office duties in her spare time.

In 2006 Julie and I sold our small farm closer to Armidale to allow us to buy “East Mihi”, although for a few years we did run a Poll Dorset sister stud to Arthur’s we decided we would start our own breeding programs on “East Mihi”.

This brings us to where we are today, we hope that you enjoy browsing through our website and enjoy reading our breeding philosophy’s and our industry relevant articles. We hope that they may be interesting, helpful and thought provoking. The genetics we offer seek to enable our clients to push their production systems performance and will be discussed in more detail for each breed throughout the site.

 Sam and I are always available to assist and discuss our stud stock and articles relevant to our web site. Please feel free to contact us personally, by phone or email. 

We are always looking to talk to people about:

  • What is important to them and how we can better tailor our package to suit their needs?

  • Market opportunities and market feedback (abattoir, retailer and consumer).

  • New product releases, seeds, drench, vaccine and equipment advances.

  • Genetics...our passion!


I had been buying Charolais/Angus composite bulls from Rick’s father Arthur for many years, when Arthur stopped breeding bulls I turned to Gates Performance Genetics to supply us with bulls. In 2012 I purchased 2 composite bulls from Rick to join over our Angus and Black Baldy cows. We calve our cows in July. This year we sold all of the heifer calves at the regular Armidale fat sale on 14th May (10 months). We received 237c/kg or $871.15/head + GST. I weaned the steer calves to grow them out and at weaning time in mid-May they averaged 442kg. I will be looking to Gates Performance Genetics for a new bull this year.

Michael Wilkenson, ‘Methven Park’, Armidale.

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