Our Stud history

Wormbete Simmentals was established in 1972, with its founder Mr Henry Hopkins one of the original breeders to introduce Simmentals to Australia.  Since this time, the Wormbete stud has continued to grow and develop the Simmental breed and remains committed to the future of Simmentals in Australia.

Originally located on the property “Wormbete” at Winchelsea in Victoria, the home of Wormbete Simmentals is now the mixed farming property “Allawah” Illabo, which is approximately 50 minutes north east of Wagga Wagga in New South Wales.  The stud is now managed by Henry’s son John and his wife Nicole.  For over 40 years we have continued the high standards and goals set for the stud to ensure only bulls and females of quality, early maturity, structural correctness and calm temperament are produced.

The range of farming enterprises on “Allawah” including sheep, cattle and cropping requires our beef herd to consistently perform to ensure their profitability and meet the goals we have set for both our stud and commercial herd.  It is this consistent performance combined with the strength of our genetics throughout our long commitment to the breed that enables our cattle to prosper under a range of conditions and consistently achieve top prices in the market.

Formation of the Wormbete Stud and the Simmental Breed in Australia,
by Henry W.W Hopkins (February 2013)

We encourage you to read this delightful insight into the introduction of Simmentals to Australia and the foundation of Wormbete Simmentals.

It is a captivating read on how Henry became hooked on the breed, the establishment of the Australian Simmental Breeders Association and the introduction of performance recording.   Henry was a past president of the ASBA and was awarded a life membership to the breed in 2010.  His passion and vision never wavered and it is these strong principles that continue to underpin Wormbete Simmentals today.

Read the Formation of the Wormbete Stud and the Simmental Breed in Australia
by Henry W.W Hopkins (February 2013)