Back to Devon Court’s roots

First on-prop­erty sale in 18 years

Central and North Rural Weekly - - NEWS - Zhanae Con­way-Dodd zhanae.con­way-dodd@cap­news.com.au

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

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STOCK UP: The sale will be on at 11am with 45 bulls on of­fer. Of the 45 bulls, 22 of them will be polled.

PHOTO: ZHANAE CON­WAY-DODD

Tom Nixon from Devon Court Here­fords in Drill­ham is ex­cited to see the on-prop­erty sale go ahead.

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The sa­le­yards at Devon Court have all re­mod­elled. Here the sa­le­yards are be­ing put up.

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