Our Operation

Tivoli Angus is part of Springfield Merriwa Pastoral Company a 3340 hectare mixed farming and commercial beef operation aimed at producing the highest quality end products – functional breeding beef animals and high grade meat. We run approximately 700 Angus cows which includes 100 Stud Angus cows. The beef produced comes from pasture, hay and grain grown on the property. Store cattle are also purchased during the year.

The Angus Stud supplements the commercial operation. The latest genetics are tested and observed in the field.

Our main markets are supplying Supplementary Fed MSA accredited cattle to Woolworths, Feeder steers to the Feedlot trade and MSA Beef to various export markets.

Hugh Kraefft – Manager and partner

Hugh is a joint partner in Springfield Merriwa Pastoral Company and Tivoli Angus, and is the General Manager. He coordinates and manages all aspects of the stud and integrates it into the commercial operations. Hugh has spent his adult working life in Agriculture. Jackarooing in the Walgett area. Then spending 6 years working in a Global Food and Agri- Business company. He has also taught Agriculture at TAFE and schools for over 20 years. He has been farming in the Merriwa district for 25 years, after acquiring the property “Springfield” in 1991, and has been breeding Angus and Angus cross cattle for 20 years. Hugh has an infectious passion to improve the genetics of the Angus breed and the Tivoli Stud in particular and to transfer those improvements into commercial herds.

Have a chat to Hugh about Bulls and Commerical heifers for sale.

Anne Kraefft – Finance, marketing and partner

Annie is Hugh’s wife and joint partner in Springfield Merriwa Pastoral Company and Tivoli Angus, and looks after the financial affairs of the business. Annie has an accounting degree and Master of Applied Finance from Macquarie University, and is a member of CPA Australia and Finsia. Speak to Annie regarding any financial enquiries.


Rick Porter – Commercial cattle and farming overseer

Rick Porter oversees all the commercial operations. He has been involved with all aspects of the operation on “Woodside”, “Bibbenluke” and “Malabar” in the last 16 years. Since 2014 he also been involved with the running of ‘Springfield” He also has several years experience in the abattoir industry which gives him an excellent understanding of the animal’s carcass. The whole operation is now run as Springfield Merriwa Pastoral Company (approximately 8500 acres) and Rick organizes and runs the commercial Woolworths enterprise and oversees the farming operation. He is an experienced, hard worker and understands the selection of cattle needed for the Woolworths and feeder cattle markets.

Rob Tindall – Stud consultant

Rob has had a lifetime involvement with beef cattle & the Stud industry. His family had a Hereford Stud at Kyogle. He has worked at Burra, Gorian & Dalkeith Hereford Studs.Rob has judged at the Melbourne Royal Show & also judged at numerous country shows,Rob has an essential role in the Tivoli Angus to improve structure, type and quality.

He has a consultancy role in advising on all aspects of the Stud operation.

Rob classes the Stud and Commerical herds and in very active in the management of the breeding herds – he has had a strong influence in the selection of herd improving sires from Dulverton, Wattletop and Millah Herds.

He has been instrumental in improving the quality of the herd.

Phone Rob to discuss any of the merits of our stud & commercial herds.


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