Cattle breeders in the northern and western regions of Australia, as well as in several other countries including the United States, are increasingly using Murray Grey genetics to cross with Bos Indicus cattle to improve fertility, docility and carcasse quality. Murray Greys are the third largest breed in Australia.
Renowned for their ability to ‘marble’ and without excess subcutaneous fat, the breed has become popular for both grass fed and feed lot production of beef for the Japanese and Asian market and for domestic use, in Australia known as ‘supermarket’ beef. Poor marketing of the breed in the United States in the last several decades has led to decreased numbers however, as of 2017, the MGIA’s renewed focus has plans to get our Greys into the carcasse competitions that will win it recognition here.
Today both of Helen Sutherland’s sons, Murray and Peter, are still very active with the breed in Australia and there are Murray Grey registries not only in Australia but also in Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States.