OVERALL: Brian Dray, of Bongmuller Partnership (left), was presented with prizes for first and second Domestic Heifer Class and also overall champion heifer pen by Dan Sullivan, Sullivan Livestock.
OVERALL: Brian Dray, of Bongmuller Partnership (left), was presented with prizes for first and second Domestic Heifer Class and also overall champion heifer pen by Dan Sullivan, Sullivan Livestock. Contributed

Weaner show draws a big crowd at Wooloonga

EXHIBITORS, buyers and lookers getting a feel for the current weaner market meant difficulty in negotiating the laneways at the Sullivan Livestock annual Weaner Show and Sale held at the Woolooga Saleyards.

With just under 1000 head for sale buyers had plenty to pick from and prices were strong in line with results from earlier in the week.

Judge Darryl Fitzgerald from a grazing and retail operation at Proston said he was very impressed with the quality on show.

"The animals are a credit to all exhibitors," he said. "Over the past decade I have noticed a definite change with producers breeding and feeding their animals to better suit target markets."

Demand was strong as graziers were after replacement heifers or steers to grow on, either in the paddock or in feed lots.

The Dray family's Bongmuller Partnership at Woolooga had their usual excellent line of 6-10 month old Charbray heifers by a Garglen bull. They were judged first and second in the Heifers most suited to domestic market class and sold for $775.

Regular exhibitor Grant Gericke, Mundubbera was first in Heifers for Future Breeders and these sold for $680, as did the second placed animals from R and A Cattle.

Steers most suited for domestic market saw the R and A Cattle Company in first position and selling for $825, while Angus steers from Russell and Trish McIntosh were second and sold for $715.

Most Suitable Export steers from Stuart and Linda Vollmerhausen sold for $800, and Baneda Pastoral in second sold for $820.

Bongmuller won top pen of heifers, and overall champion pen was steers from Vollmerhausens.

Sale sponsors included Schuh Group, Connolly Dore, Cooloola Pumps and Irrigation, Anipro, Queensland Rural Supplies, ANZ Bank, Queensland Quality Hay, Allflex, and bull credits from Emjay Charbrays and Kilkenny Charolais.

Gympie Times


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