The Cherokee Stud was established in 1944 when a number of Zebu cattle were purchased. In 1953 the stud joined the Australian Brahman Breeders Association, recorded as stud No. 3.
The stud was then owned and operated by the late Mr & Mrs Lionel De Landelles and family. A number of cattle were purchased that were direct descendants from the 1933 Australian Zebu importation. Cherokee seedstock was long regarded as a national gene pool from which most Australian studs benefited from over the years and decades that followed.
1950 saw Cherokee appear at the Rockhampton Show and in 1954 Cherokee made its Brisbane show debut and later at the Sydney Royal show in 1963, the first time Brahman cattle had been shown in Sydney. The bull exhibited LA Soberano was the Grand Champion Bull.
Cherokee was extremely successful in showing Brahmans through the 1950s and 1960s in both Brisbane and Rockhampton, putting Brahmans “on the map”. After 17 years of showing the stud discontinued in 1967 to focus on their own private show and sales, being the first Brahman stud in Australia to stage a private show and sale.
In 1964 Cherokee created further records by showing cattle from Sydney to Cairns. This 2,980 kilometre circuit made Cherokee LA Yabba Queen De Man one of Australia's most decorated females.
Cherokee LA Cebu Queen, Cherokee LA Oshkosh and Cherokee Yabba Queen De Man with De Landelles family members.
Another first for Cherokee was in 1973 when 'Cherokee Miss Brahma" was sold in a ballroom, the first bovine to be sold in a ballroom in Australia.
In 1977 to help support the Brahman Feature Show at Rockhampton and to celebrate the Rockhampton Centenary Show, Cherokee returned to the show ring after ten years to take out the awards for Grand Champion Brahman of the show, Senior and Grand Bull and Junior Champion Bull.
Cherokee set many records and achieved some incredible milestones throughout the decades of breeding well renowned stud stock. Lionel De Landelles was awarded an MBE (Member of the British Empire) in recognition of his contribution to the Brahman Industry in Australia. Upon the passing of Lionel De Landelles in 1994 Cherokee No 3. was passed to his youngest daughter Elsie Nicholas - De Landelles.
The Cherokee stud is still in operation today with a successful breeding, sales and AI program alongside BOS Indicus Cattle Co.