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About us - The team

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Paul Laycock

A passion for cattle breeding and production and knowledge when it comes to business management, he strives to exceed our clients expectations and ensure they have success with High Country genetics.

Paul is a past President of the Droughtmaster Association.

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Steph Laycock

Steph has completed a dual degree in both Agribusiness and Agriculture (Livestock) at University and her passion for cattle and beef production is palpable.


She is involved in all aspects of the stud including animal health, selection, genetics, growth and development, breeding objectives, and presale testing and preparation as well as breaking in and preparing our show cattle.


She also runs her own herd, High Country ‘S’ Droughtmasters.

Sam Zabel

Sam assists with all aspects of the farming operation. He is involved with all crop and pasture production and cattle operations.

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Lisa Laycock

Lisa brings experience both as a Veterinarian and member of the Australian Cattle Veterinarians as well as years working as an
Animal Nutritionist.


She sees on a daily basis the importance of fertility, nutrition, health and structural soundness and their effects on a breeding
enterprises profitability.


An advocate for forage based nutrition for gut, joint and hoof health, morphology testing, DNA analysis and producing healthy,
practical cattle with longevity.

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Gareth Laycock

Gareth is responsible for our Livestock supplement business as well as all aspects of the stud cattle and sale preparation. He has  been involved in his families farm for his whole life and brings stud experience from operating his own successful Simmental stud. 

Russel Fogg

Russel manages the commercial side of the operation and stud cattle processing. All aspects of the commercial operation are organised by Russel, he also lives on location at the stud breeder property.