Growing up on Wilga, Mike has been around Santa Gertudis cattle since he was very young. Mike purchased his first Santa cow in 1998 and from then has always had a love for the breed.
Mike and Danni are passionate about Santa Gertrudis and support local and Royal shows.
Mike graduated in 2001 from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Farm Management. He went on to do a meat supply chain project with Woolworths before deciding that he passion was in feedlotting. For the next 7 years Mike worked in the management teams of several large feedyards for Twynam, AACo and Elders. It was always a goal of Mike's to return to Wilga and when the opportunity arose he was happy to combine his love of feedloting with breeding Santa Gertrudis.
Since returning to Wilga, Mike has been integral in the development of feedlot upgrades, including designing the liquid batching system, implimenting a new feed management program and developing the plan for the feedlot expansion.
Mike has recently been elected to the Council of the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW on their cattle committee. Mike is also the Chief Steward of the cattle section at the local Moree show. He is dedicated to the beef cattle industry and is committed to agricultural shows in both the stud and commercial areas.
Mike and Danni met at Beef 2003 through a mutual friend and the rest, as they say, is history. Danni graduated in 2004 from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Animal Studies majoring in Animal Production. Danni went from university to work for AACo at Aronui Feedlot for 4 years, before they moved interstate. Mike and Danni welcomed the birth of their first son Angus in 2008 before moving to Wilga in 2009. Since then they have added three more little MacCues, Riley, Sophie and George, who are the 4th generation to live on “Wilga”.
While raising their children is Danni's main role she loves being involved when she can in anything to do with the stud cattle. Her passion for photography and graphic design keeps her busy with the bull sale catalogue and website updates. Mike and Danni love searching for new genetics and enjoy choosing the sire selection for the studs.