Cattle industry principal recognised

Peter And Bevly Hughes

THE final D and G Livestock Droughtmaster Sale held at the Coolabunia selling complex resulted in mixed results for vendors.

D and G principal Doug Haigh has for health reasons decided to relinquish operating the business that has been the mainstay of the Coolabunia complex.

Before the sale started, Mr Haigh and partner Jen Mercer were presented with a Droughtmaster replica each in recognition of the work they have done for the breed and organisation.

Breeders Brian Heck and Stan Tompkins, who have both been vendors at Coolabunia since D and G started specialising in Droughtmaster sales, made the presentations.

Mr Heck, Bryvonlea Droughtmasters, Glastonbury said that when starting in the stud business he purchased his first cow from the Haigh, Haigslea stud.

"Doug has been a great help both to us and to other breeders," Mr Heck said.

"The regular Coolabunia Droughtmaster sales have been a good sale avenue for many local and regional studs."

Mr Tompkins, Cedar View Droughtmasters, Cedar Pocket said D and G Livestock had conducted sales in a very professional manner and had been good to work with.

The sale conducted on a wet, rainy and sometimes windy November 30 had results on a par with current values.

An indication that D and G Livestock were able to service all levels of vendor requirements was shown by breed foundation members Truvalle Droughtmasters, Blackbutt and Minlacowie Droughtmasters, Goovigen offering females with brand numbers in the 4100 range and 8100 respectively, while first-time vendors Richard and Danielle Cooper, Imperial Droughtmasters, Cloyna were offering brand No 2.

Of the 73 head offered, 31 were passed in at auction with more interest shown for unjoined NDP heifers than joined ptic heifers or cows and calves.

Most successful vendor was the Vale View stud at Manumbar owned by Dave and Colleen Smith, who offered six head unjoined and sold them all for a total of $11,200 with a top of $2700 for a 16-month-old granddaughter of the great consistent female VV Maresmo.

Minlacowie sold seven unjoined for a sale top price of $3100 and a total of $10,850, while Bryvonlea sold four to a top of $2600.

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