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Alex's leading ladies a beautiful foundation

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Alex Tzioutzias, Orea Brahmans, Jodi McLennan, Orana Stud, and leading ladies Orana Milo 2103 and Orana Kasbah 2099. Picture - Kent Ward.

Alex Tzioutzias, Orea Brahmans, Jodi McLennan, Orana Stud, and leading ladies Orana Milo 2103 and Orana Kasbah 2099. Picture - Kent Ward.

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Purchased by 15-year-old Alex Tzioutzias, two red Brahman heifers from Orana Stud, Goovigen, will be the foundation females for her first foray into stud breeding.

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Fresh green grass will meet leading ladies Milo and Kasbah when they arrive at their new home at Baralaba following the February All Breeds sale last week.

Purchased by 15-year-old Rockhampton Grammar student Alex Tzioutzias, the two red Brahman heifers from Orana Stud, Goovigen, will be the foundation females for her first foray into stud breeding.

Alex said the newly-registered Orea Brahmans will focus on breeding red progeny.

"I started the stud because we have commercial beef cattle at home and I like playing around with them," she said.

"I like getting them quiet and prettied up and selling them.

"The name Orea Brahmans comes from a Greek word. Orea means beautiful in Greek."

In choosing the two heifers, which she purchased for $2000 each, Alex had help from Kate Dunn, Somerton Red Brahmans.

"We went out and she helped me pick them out, taught me what to look for in the heifers and pointed out my two," Alex said.

"I agreed with her that they were top heifers and outshone the others."

As well as growing her stud, Alex would like to start showing her heifers and bulls once she has some calves on the ground.

Despite coming from a commercial background, Alex's dad Paul said her patience and connection with cattle would help her build a successful stud operation.

"Alex really likes the rural industry and she's very much involved with me on the school holidays," Mr Tzioutzias said.

"She's very proactive in trying to learn the industry, which is nice for a 15-year-old to be so interested.

"In terms of the stud side of it, she's very gentle with animals and she finds it very easy to get them to come to her.

"She has great patience, she'll get in the yards with them when they're weaners and she'll just stand there.

"If it takes them two hours before they walk up to her, then that's what it takes."

Mr Tzioutzias said the vendors, Craig and Jodi McLennan, had been kind enough to take Orana Milo 2103 and Orana Kasbah 2099 back to Goovigen to get in calf.

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