BOS Indicus Cattle Co. "Balara Stud" was founded in 1959 by Cedric and Diane Zischke and is registered as Australian Brahman Breeders Association (ABBA) Membership No.15. The Cherokee stud was founded in 1953 by the late Lionel DeLandelles and recorded as stud No. 3. Jesse Zischke, the Stud Manager and Co-owner oversees the breeding and sales program for both operations.
Introducing Brahmans into the Brisbane Valley in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s was almost unheard of. At that time the Brisbane Valley was regarded as exclusively Hereford breeding country. People came from miles to view the Brahmans as they made their way by train to the Brisbane Valley.
Cedric Zischke purchased Cherokee Sioux, his first bull in 1959 as a calf and purchased his first lines of Brahman cows from Waverley Station in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. In 1961 he acquired additional cows from Belmont Research Centre and Bellevue Station, ex Glenprairie Station. In 1959 we purchased a cow from the direct descedant from the 1933 importation. This female had a tremendous influence on the future of our stud.
Three further bulls were purchased from Lionel DeLandelles, Cherokee Stud in 1961 - Cherokee Pablo, Cherokee Waun and Cherokee Waterloo. Throughout the following decades BOS Indicus Cattle Co. has only ever sourced sires and a small selection of females from the Cherokee bloodlines. All other females are based on our own breeding program. Cedric and Lionel were very dear friends and together they weathered the ups and downs of the beef cattle industry over many decades. Lionel was also a great mentor to Cedric. The Zischke and DeLandelles family relationship continues today with Jesse Zischke’s oversight of the stud and breeding program.
BOS Indicus Cattle Co. began showing cattle in 1961 and continued up until the early 1970’s. Throughout the 1960’s, 1970’s and 1980’s we held our own stud sales as well as selling heifers and bulls at the annual Cherokee sales. Throughout the years bulls have been sold into the northern areas of Townsville and Charters Towers and into the western country of Queensland. In 1981 ten bulls were supplied in a shipment for breeding purposes to Indonesia.
Today we market and sell our females and bulls directly to buyers. Visitors are most welcome, please telephone in advance to ensure our availability.