Nicole Hartwig and Debbie Graving at yesteday's bull sale at the Gracemere saleyards.
Nicole Hartwig and Debbie Graving at yesteday's bull sale at the Gracemere saleyards. Allan Reinikka

Debbie came to love life on land

DEBBIE Graving didn't know the difference between a cow and a bull when she gave up her life in Gladstone to become a grazier's wife.

She learnt how to swear like a cowgirl in the cattle yards and found out what it was like to get down and dirty without a beauty salon in sight.

When she left behind her office job at 18 to move to a cattle property between Monto and Biloela, it was a complete shock. Now, 25 years later, she would not change a thing.

Yesterday, as she joined her husband Keith and neighbour Nicole Hartwig for the Queensland Charolais Society Sale at Gracemere Saleyards, the 43-year-old described what moving to the country had been like.

At first Debbie hated the isolation.

“I went from seeing people every day to every couple of months,” she said.

She said her whingeing would start when it got to a month without socialising.

And still to this day, Debbie admitted she still screams when she enters the yards.

After getting used to her new lifestyle, and three children later, Debbie said becoming a grazier's wife was a flexible lifestyle she came to enjoy.

But it's a different story for her neighbour Nicole, who was born to be a cowgirl.

“I love the open land and freedom of country life,” Nicole said.

And even though the 18-year-old hasn't yet found the love of her life, she said it was easier for a city slicker to move to the country.

Yesterday's Charolais sale grossed $46,500 with the top bull selling for $7500.

The 32nd National Charbray Bull and Female Sale grossed $203,200 with the top bull selling for $13,500.

Landmark's Bruce Scott said the buyers were very selective and it was a tough day of sales.

SALE RESULTS • Qld Charolais Sociey Sale grossed $46,500, with 32 bulls offered and 14 sold; • The 32nd National Charbray Bull and Female Sale grossed $203,200, with 87 lots offered and 49 bulls and six registered females sold.


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