Sale prepa­ra­tions in full swing

Central and North Rural Weekly - - NEWS - CANDYCE BRAITHWAITE

IT’S been 17 years since the santa gertrudis breed took out cham­pion of cham­pi­ons at the Bris­bane Ekka.

Pres­i­dent of the breed’s as­so­ci­a­tion Scott Fer­gu­son said it was an ex­cit­ing time for santa peo­ple lead­ing into on-prop­erty sales.

In be­tween or­gan­is­ing his own multi-vendor bull sale and tak­ing 90 head to show at the Bris­bane Ekka, Mr Fer­gu­son is help­ing the as­so­ci­a­tion’s new gen­eral man­ager set­tle in.

Stephen Ware took over the po­si­tion from Ben Noller this month. Mr Fer­gu­son, who was re-elected pres­i­dent at the breed’s an­nual gen­eral meet­ing at the Ekka, said it was a busy, but op­por­tune time for Mr Ware to start.

“Stephen will be on the road for the next month and a half at­tend­ing bull sales,” he said. “It can be a bit daunt­ing meet­ing lots of new peo­ple, but af­ter this he’ll more or less be in the of­fice for the next 12 months.

“San­tas have had an enor­mous two years sale re­sults wise, re­sults in feed­lot tri­als and car­cass com­pe­ti­tions.

“We’d cer­tainly like to see san­tas con­tinue the rep­u­ta­tion they’ve worked hard at for years.”

Mr Fer­gu­son’s Santa Cen­tral Sale will be held on Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 27, at his Head­in­g­ley sale com­plex about 30 min­utes south of Toowoomba.

There will be 25 clas­si­fied show bulls, 85 clas­si­fied bulls and four com­mer­cial pure bred bulls on of­fer.

Mr Fer­gu­son and his wife Wendy have pro­duced 19 bulls from their stud Glenn Oaks for the sale.

“The bulls are on the oats. Although it’s dry­ing off, they will see us through,” he said.

“Harsher weather has pulled them into line, slowed them up a lit­tle bit.

“We planted on Cy­clone Deb­bie and had good show­ers – 50 points here and 80 points there – so it’s been a good oats crop.”

At last year’s sale, two of Mr Fer­gu­son’s bulls sold for $50,000.

While he said “you al­ways hope to do as well” his sale still of­fered a range of prices for stud and com­mer­cial pro­duc­ers.

WHEN COUN­TRY MEETS CITY: A shot of the santa gertrudis cat­tle at the Bris­bane Ekka re­cently.

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