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A quieter sort of bull draws the crowd

HIGH ACHIEVER: Denise, Myles and Rob Newcombe with Newcombe’s Gillespie, which sold for $10,000 during Warwick Rodeo.
HIGH ACHIEVER: Denise, Myles and Rob Newcombe with Newcombe’s Gillespie, which sold for $10,000 during Warwick Rodeo. Gerard Walsh

BUCKING bulls with monikers like Great White were the headline act at Warwick Rodeo, but beyond the chutes it was a bull of a different sort attracting attention.

For the third consecutive year, cattle producers Rob and Denise Newcombe set up their portable panels to showcase some of the state's top quality charbray sires.

This year it was their 25-month-old generation bred sire, Newcombe's Gillespie, which attracted buyer interest, selling for $10,000 during rodeo week.

"In the past we have run a helmsman's auction during the rodeo, where potential buyers can offer bids for the course of the week," Mrs Newcombe explained.

"But this year, because it has been a tougher season for many producers, we opted for a simpler format, just selling by tender."

The 864kg bull by the Newcombe family's famous sire, Bodman, sold to Ken Reid from Winning Edge Saddles at Gatton.

"We were really happy with the sale," Mrs Newcombe said.

"Gillespie is 75% charbray and 25% brahman and a full brother to Newcombe's Grayson, our grand champion charbray bull at this year's Brisbane Ekka.

"So, as always, Warwick Rodeo proved a great opportunity for us to showcase and promote our breed."

It was also an opportunity for the family to savour being back on familiar ground.

Six months ago they made the tough decision to move their cattle operation from leased properties at Goomburra and over the New South Wales border west to Wandoan. The shift was part of the

family's plan to expand their business and at the same time simplify management by having all stock on a single place.

They now call Juandah Plains, a 5260ha holding north east of Wandoan, home.

"It has been the best move. We are really happy and it has definitely made management easier," Mrs Newcombe said.

"We were also fortunate that the property had been very well managed and has substantial improved pastures.

"So despite the prolonged dry we are in a good position feed and stock water wise."

The family is running the equivalent of 1500 head of dry cattle on the property.

"We love coming to Warwick Rodeo and for us it is a great opportunity to promote the merits of the charbray breed," Mrs Newcombe said.

"Our bulls have to be quiet and have the right temperament to cope with being part of a display for a week. And we were definitely happy with our rodeo sale price, but producers should be assured we always have bulls to suit a range of budgets.

"At the moment we have paddock bulls for sale from $2500 so if people are interested in the breed they are very welcome to call us."

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