GREAT FACILITY: Lynn and Frank Ashman of the Western Downs Santa Group with Cr Ray Brown beside the new bull ring at the Dalby Saleyards.
GREAT FACILITY: Lynn and Frank Ashman of the Western Downs Santa Group with Cr Ray Brown beside the new bull ring at the Dalby Saleyards. Contributed

Santas in September? No bull

VENDORS from across New South Wales and southern Queensland will converge on the Dalby Saleyards tomorrow for a special sale.

The Western Downs Santa Gertrudis Group will hold its second annual event dedicated to the breed and anticipate a strong showing.

"Our first one last year was quite successful so we're fronting up again for another one,” spokesman Frank Ashman said.

"We're presenting 75 bulls and we're hopeful of a good crowd even though the season has been pretty tough.

"So far the santa gertrudis sales, which kicked off about three weeks ago, have been exceptionally strong with good clearances and good averages.

"The average price has been between $6000 and $8000 dollars and some high prices have been up to $55,000.”

Vendors will travel from as far as Forbes in NSW while Queensland breeders from towns including Blackall, Brymaroo and Boonah will be in attendance.

Mr Ashman said the Western Downs Regional Council had been excellent in its support of the sale.

He noted the new bull ring installed last year allowed the venue to become a viable option for studs.

"The ring out there enables stud cattle to be displayed in a true and professional fashion,” he said.

"All stud breeds need a good quality outlet for their animals and Dalby fits the bill.

"Vendors find it's the best place to show their animals and they are confident buyers will come to this particular nucleus.”

Mr Ashman said the group chose Saturday because they hoped travellers would stay tonight and spend money in town.

The sale is set to begin at 10.30am tomorrow at the Dalby saleyards.


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