Breeders hit road for quality sales
FOR breeders Brahman Week is the must attend sale of the year.
"It's the equivalent of the Melbourne Cup for bull sales...it's the one everyone wants to sell at,'' vendor Dave Harch said.
Mr Harch made the long trip from Wondai with his family and 17 bulls on Wednesday to prepare for the three-day sale at the Gracemere Saleyards which begins on Monday.
"We wanted to give them time to settle in because we've got a bit further to travel than others,'' Mr Harch said.
But Mr Harch is hardly the only one clocking up the kilometres to get here with graziers coming from as far away as Western Australia to check out the 1076 bulls up for auction at Australia's largest sales.
Another vendor making the trek is Roly Robertson, 71, a veteran of 35 Brahman Week sales.
"It's our annual holiday, at times we don't get to see our neighbours between sales,'' he said.
Holiday though it may be, Mr Robertson, who hails from Bell (near Dalby), still has a busy week ahead of him with 15 studs up for sale.
"If you are just starting out it can be a very stressful time but the more times you come the less stressful it is,'' he said.
But he admitted he faced a somewhat anxious wait to see what price his cattle fetched when they entered the ring on Tuesday and Wednesday.
"It's an unknown quantity, the bull you like almost never makes the top money in the draft.