Back to Devon Court’s roots
First on-property sale in 18 years
TOM Nixon has been in the cattle game since he could talk.
Now the young Western Downs man is taking on his biggest challenge yet – an on-property bull sale at Devon Court Herefords.
With a sale having not been held on the Drillham property in just under two decades, Tom was faced with a lot of hard work.
But the young grazier is never one to shy away from a challenge and is looking forward to the September 12 sale.
“Devon Court has been running since 1932 under my grandfather, then my father and now I’ve been at home for the last 18–19 years,” Tom said.
“We’ve been selling bulls down at Glen Innes and we’ve had multi-vendor sales for the last nine years at Jackson.
“But this will be our first time selling bulls back at Devon Court in nearly two decades.”
Having not used the sale complex for so long it was fairly run down, which meant Tom had to do a lot of remodelling.
“The ring has been renewed with new, up-to-date steel cattle yards and show pens to make it more accessible for people to look at the bulls,” Tom said.
The sale will be on at 11am with 45 bulls on offer. Of the 45 bulls, 22 of them will be polled.
There will also be 10 heifers for sale, with five of them polled.
“We are also offering for the first time this year 50 straws of our $95,000 bull, Minlacowie jubilant j123,” Tom said.
“This will be the first time it will be offered since he was sold at Wodonga in 2016. It’s a very big opportunity, not too much has been released.”
Being Tom’s first year of an on-property sale he admitted he didn’t realise all the stresses of putting together a whole event while working the farm himself.
“It’s a big enough job to just be preparing the bulls yourself and running a pretty large-scale operation as well,” he said.
“But to throw a catalogue and advertising and a calendar for Drought Angels into the mix I’ve put the workload on myself.”
Despite the hard yakka, Tom said he wouldn’t change his job for the world.
“I was born into the game, I love it and wouldn’t know what else to do. It’s a passion.”
❝our This will be first time selling bulls back at Devon Court in nearly two decades. — Tom Nixon
STOCK UP: The sale will be on at 11am with 45 bulls on offer. Of the 45 bulls, 22 of them will be polled.
Tom Nixon from Devon Court Herefords in Drillham is excited to see the on-property sale go ahead.
The saleyards at Devon Court have all remodelled. Here the saleyards are being put up.