In 1959, Frank Pearson started breeding beef cattle on an old Dairy Farm in Tonimbuk, West Gippsland.
Over the years, Frank and his daughter Barbara Birch built up the Red Angus Stud ‘Jillangolo’, which grew to become nationally respected with award winning carcass bloodlines.
Their passion was to promote easy calving, good mothering, calm tempered cows, which ultimately became the hallmarks of their bloodline.
Frank and Barbara also pioneered a statistical breeding database now known and used nationally as Breedplan.
In 2002, the stud name and its registered herd were sold to the Llewellyn family in Keith, South Australia,
where ‘Jillangolo Red Angus’ continues to breed quality bloodlines with increased success, constantly attracting national awards.
Today, Barbara’s daughter Kate and her husband Mark have introduced Simmental genetics into the remaining Gippsland herd in Tonimbuk ensuring calm and easy calving mothers and strong, well-muscled calves.
In recognition of his lifetime of achievements, the Red Angus Society has a memorial award named after Frank Pearson.
Barb and her husband Derek still live on the Tonimbuk farm, sharing their invaluable knowledge with Kate and Mark.