The Yarn

Good Things Come in Threes and Beyond for Lachie and Sophie Kelly

PUBLISHED Tue, 9 February 2021

To say things are looking pretty good for Lachie and Sophie Kelly from LSK Poll Dorset & Suffolk Studs would be a bit of an understatement. The young couple bought the entire Clarendon Poll Dorset Stud in 2019, hosted their first on-property sale in 2020 and in May, 2021 they’ll bring home their best addition yet - their first baby.


Lachie grew up alongside his two brothers on a family farming business at Caramut, South-West Victoria. Both his brothers are also thriving in different agricultural sectors and Lachie credits their passion for the agricultural industry to their childhood experiences and inspirations.

He hit the books after school with an Agribusiness degree and later went on to manage the current MLA Chairman Alan Beckett’s and wife Sally’s property at Yea. Combined with his studies, Lachie says this role gave him a great opportunity to be around experienced people and businesses. 

Today, the couple is based at Hexham, Victoria. Lachie says the Clarendon ewes they purchased in 2019 are proving to be excellent, honest and genuine producers. Their next focus is on investing in the best genetics to keep on improving their offering across all three sections, including the Charollais X rams.

We believe in endeavouring to produce balanced prime lamb sires that combine elite performance data, with breed type, conformation and structure that will stand up in a show ring. We want our clients to have the most profitable rams that last,” Lachie said. 

The couple has also been kept busy hosting the Suffolk Society’s resource flock.  It’s involved joining commercial ewes by AI to diverse and industry relevant stud sires. Lachie says he’s excited to see the outcomes.

“It will give many benefits for the breed by providing actual data records, particularly on hard to measure carcasses and eating quality traits. In turn, it will help to calibrate the DNA genomic analysis for the Suffolk breed,” he said. 

They’re reaping the rewards of their hard work but Lachie says he’s been lucky to have had some great people share their knowledge and experience with him along the way. Alastair Day who runs Allendale Studs at Bordertown, South Australia is one person who’s left a big impact.

“Alastair and his family have given me an immeasurable and invaluable amount of support and help in my life,” Lachie said. 

“Specific to the stud stock industry, Alastair’s skills, professionalism and integrity are second to none in my opinion and his mentorship has undoubtedly been the major source of inspiration for me. 

“Best of all, I now consider him a great mate.”

Whether it’s having people enjoy their property for work or play, the ever-changing nature of his day-to-day life, or working alongside a good kelpie or two, Lachie says things couldn't be looking better.

“Sophie and I are optimistic about the future of this industry and we’re determined to provide the same experience and opportunities to the next generation,” he said.

And it’s not long now until they get that chance in May. Congrats, guys.

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Matt Dalgleish from Thomas Elders Markets caught up with James Wagstaff from The Weekly Times at Beef Australia to discuss the current state of the Australian Beef Industry, what changes he expects to see in current cattle prices and his predictions for where the industry will be in the next 3 years. 


WATCH: The Beef Brekkie Show with Rozzie O'Reilly & Luke Evans

Today on The Beef Brekkie Show Oli is joined by Luke Evans - a cattle manager for a large family-owned operation in Northern Australia, and Rozzie O'Reilly - operations manager for Lambpro where they discuss 'making your start and leaving your mark in the industry'.


WATCH: The Beef Brekkie Show with Olivia Lawson and Geoff Pearson

It's Day 3 of The Beef Brekkie Show and our guests this morning are Olivia Lawson from Paringa Livestock Genetics and Western Australian producer Geoff Pearson who are both on the Cattle Council of Australia. In this chat, we are looking to gain a different perspective on the challenges and opportunities that currently face the Beef Industry by speaking directly to those who live and breathe it every day - the producers.


WATCH: Fiona Simson - National Farmers Federation

National Farmers Federation President Fiona Simson caught up with James Wagstaff from The Weekly Times at Beef Australia to discuss leadership, sustainability and innovation within the beef industry.


WATCH: Bruce King - CEO Regional Investment Corporation

CEO of Regional Investment Corporation Bruce King caught up with James Wagstaff of The Weekly Times at the AuctionsPlus stand while at Beef 2021 to chat about how the AgriStarter Loan might help benefit farm businesses by improving resilience, profitability or provide a long-term option for succession planning.


WATCH: The Beef Brekkie Show with Anna Speer, Ryan Olive & Charlie Perry

On Day 2 of The Beef Brekkie Show we are joined by Ryan Olive - Rabobank Young Beef Ambassador Award Winner, Anna Speer - Director of Agribusiness Australia & Charlie Perry - Chair of the Australian Wagyu Association.


WATCH: Andy Penn - Telstra CEO

Chief Executive of Telstra Andy Penn is excited to be in Rockhampton at Beef Week for the opportunity to invest a further $150 million in a range of reasonable improvements over the next 12 months. In addition to that Telstra has announced a $200 million co-investment fund, to extend mobile coverage across rural Australia.


WATCH: Alison Meagher- Butcher Girl

Livestock Editor from The Weekly Times Maddie Stuchbery caught up with the founder of the Butcher Girl Alison Meagher. The inspiration behind Butcher Girl Alison stemmed from Alison's motivation to educate and promote Australian beef while working alongside chefs to develop recipes using secondary cuts.


WATCH: Sonia Bennetto - Charters Towers Deputy Mayor

Producer and Deputy Mayor of Charters Towers Sonia Bennetto talks about the sustainability of the cattle industry and the growth into the future.  With exciting times ahead for beef and the primary production in Australia, Sonia comments on how beef is a key economic pillar for her region in North QLD, where leveraging on very strong cattle prices and an increase in positivity from the sector can show growth and investment.


WATCH: Charlie Perry - Trent Bridge Wagyu

Livestock Editor from The Weekly Times Maddie Stuchbery caught up with Charlie Perry from Trent Bridge Wagyu who spoke about the challenges and opportunities that the industry and in particular producers are facing. 


You can Learn Something from Everyone: Young Judge Ruby Canning

Today we were delighted to chat with Ruby Canning from Outcross, who is also a judge here at Beef Australia. Ruby is excited to be judging not only at an event that is so renowned but also alongside her dad. “It's one of those events that you dream of as a young girl to judge at beef and to be judging with my dad is even more special.”


Meeting Prime Minister Scott Morrison at Beef Australia

On Monday, some of the AuctionsPlus team had the pleasure of meeting Prime Minister Scott Morrison during his visit to Beef Australia. Angus Street (CEO), Hugh Courts (Stud Operations) and Ell Simpson (Integrity Manager) are a part of the Beef Connections Program - which aims to connect mentors and mentor partners to grow future industry leaders in the agriculture industry.