Rocky means a lot to Dick

FOR Greenmount hobby farmer Dick Thies, Rockhampton will always have a special place in his heart.

At the Rockhampton Show in 1966, he bought a champion Brahman bull for $4000.

“It wasn't cheap in the early days,” Dick said from the Gracemere Saleyards yesterday.

The purchase allowed him to start his Brahman Stud in Beaudesert, south-west of Brisbane.

On Friday, the 72-year-old made his annual trip to Rockhampton from Greenmount, south of Toowoomba, for the Rockhampton Brahman Week Sale - the biggest multi-breed sale in the world - at the Gracemere Saleyards.

Yesterday, as he stood by the two bulls he had up for sale, he said it was all about meeting the market demand.

“I know they will sell,” Dick said early in the day.

Dick's bulls sold for $2500 each.

The cattle industry has always been a big part of Dick's life.

He says he started the first stud transporting business in Queensland in 1970, trucking cattle and conducting health checks on cattle from the Beef Capital to different parts of the country.

In the early days, Dick said his company - Dallas Feeding and Carrying Service - took the most exotic type of bulls (mostly Brahman) from Rockhampton all the way to Western Australia.

SALE RESULTS Day two of the Rockhampton Brahman Week Sale: • 330 bulls sold for $1.8 million; • Bull sales averaged $5,660; • Two top bulls - a red and a grey Brahman - sold for $45,000 each. I know they will sell

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