We’ll take rain any day

Lehmann Cat­tle Co crowned cham­pion at Biggen­den weaner sale

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Erica Murree erica.murree@cnbtimes.com.au

BROOWEENA dis­trict gra­ziers Kevin Rogers and Gail Gauld at the Biggen­den sa­le­yards last Thurs­day for the an­nual all-breeds weaner sale. As well as the wel­come rain, Gail was pleased with her weaner prices.

FOR the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year Tansey cat­tle pro­ducer Lehmann Cat­tle Co has been awarded the cham­pion Sim­men­tal pen at the Biggen­den All Breeds Weaner sale.

The suc­cess didn’t stop there for the fledg­ling com­pany with own­ers Dane and Rachel Lehmann also pro­duc­ing the cham­pion pen at the sale on Thurs­day

Mr Lehmann said he was shocked when they were an­nounced cham­pi­ons but de­clared they must be do­ing some­thing right as they were only in their sec­ond year of breed­ing.

“It had been a big ef­fort to keep on top of ev­ery­thing es­pe­cially with the par­a­sites and the dry,” he said.

“On top of that the calves ar­rived late but I be­lieve we had a bet­ter preg­nancy rate than some around us.”

Those at­tend­ing the sale had to deal with muddy con­di­tions but Bur­nett Live­stock & Re­alty’s Lance Whi­taker said he would take the rain any day.

Judge Noel Grant de­scribed the cham­pion pen as lovely.

“They were show­ing ex­cel­lent beef while main­tain­ing fem­i­nin­ity,” he said.

The Dalby cat­tle pro­ducer and re­tired agent said he had come to Biggen­den to see the coastal cat­tle.

“It’s been a tough sea­son with the break only com­ing in Jan­uary,” he said.

“Due to the sea­son the calves haven’t grown as they should have but were still of good qual­ity.”

Mr Grant en­cour­aged beef pro­duc­ers to do more with ge­net­ics in their cat­tle.

“Many pro­duc­ers are happy to get a calf on the ground but you have to strive to do bet­ter and pro­duce calves bet­ter than their moth­ers,” he said.

“It’s all about tak­ing the in­dus­try to higher lev­els es­pe­cially now pro­duc­ers are get­ting pre­mium prices for bet­ter cat­tle.”

PHO­TOS: ERICA MURREE

CHAM­PION PEN: Judge Noel Grant with Dane and Rachel Lehmann and daugh­ter Tilda.

Ev­ery­one was dressed for the wet and muddy con­di­tions at the All Breeds Weaner sale at Biggen­den.

Michael and Neville Allen of Mun­dub­bera took out the best pen of Char­bray wean­ers at the Biggen­den sale.

Ash­ley Trig­ger with his pen of Brah­man wean­ers.

Gayn­dah's Trevor Slack checks out the stock.

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