Livestock

Beaudesert cattleman forks out $6000 for young bull

AUCTION TOPPER: Denise Newcombe with Newcombe’s Fitzroy, a young bull which sold for $6000 during Warwick rodeo week.
AUCTION TOPPER: Denise Newcombe with Newcombe’s Fitzroy, a young bull which sold for $6000 during Warwick rodeo week. Toni Somes

A BEAUDESERT cattleman paid the top price of $6000 for a quality Charbray bull at the Newcombe family's second Helmsman auction held during Warwick Rodeo week.

Newcombe's Fitzroy was one of nine bulls offered by the Goomburra-based stud as part of a week long auction, which finished at 5pm on Saturday.

From a business sense it has proved the smartest marketing move we have made.

Five of the bulls sold for a total of $22,000 for what cattle producer Rob Newcombe described as "a very healthy average" of $4400.

"Our top priced bull made $6000 and went to a Beaudesert buyer and then we sold animals for $5000, $4000 as well as two for $3500," he explained.

"We are still in negotiations for the other four bulls, but we expect to have those deals finalised later this week."

The helmsman auction allows potential buyers to make repeat bids during the week courtesy of a bidding board.

The bid card number offering the highest price at the end of the five days takes home the bull.

"For us the Helmsman auction and being part of the Warwick Rodeo is as much about marketing as anything else," Mr Newcombe said.

"We also sponsor a campdraft so the week is as much about promoting us and the breed as selling quality bulls.

"From a business sense it has proved the smartest marketing move we have made."

He said as well as selling bulls they had also successfully sold embryos to six new clients.

"We are extremely happy with the overall results and we will be back next year, this is a crucial part of our marketing now."

However there will be a slight shift in planning required when the couple head to Warwick Rodeo next year.

"We are actually relocating from Goomburra to a property at Wandoan, as part of a move to expand our business," Mr Newcombe said.

"We have loved living on the Southern Downs, but from the perspective of our bull breeding and embryo and seed stock operation we really need more space."

The couple will relocate in March.

"The reality is most of our buyers are based in northern or central Queensland so it does make sense to position ourselves closer.

"But we will continue to support Warwick Rodeo and have bulls available for sale during rodeo week."

Helmsman auction

  •  Newcombe's Fitzroy sold for the top price of $6000
  •  Five of the nine bulls sold for an average $4400
  •  Negotiations for the remaining four bulls are expected to be finalised this week

Topics:  bull sale, cattle, livestock, markets, prices, sales




Join the Community.

Get your local news, your way.

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Wilmot selected for Central Division

Action between Toowoomba and Wide Bay in the 47th Battalion Rugby League Carnival at Cities Oval, Roma on Sunday.

Jason Wilmot selected for the Central Division representative team.

Drafters converge

CUT OUT: Action from the 2105 Stanthorpe Campraft, with the 2016 event tipped to top the field.

The Stanthorpe Campdraft is set to return this weekend.

On your bike for talk

BREAKING BARRIERS: Jeremy Staples will be giving a presentation at the Stanthorpe Art Gallery on Friday night.

Guests are invited to take part in Positive Failures on Friday night

Latest deals and offers


Make Mum something special at Bunnings

Warwick families can make something special for their Mum at Bunnings tomorrow night.

Mother's Day family night at Bunnings tomorrow

Spectacular Crash as Corvette Flips at Drag Races

Corvette flips at 350kmh.

Driver walks away from 350kmh crash in Texas.

Star Wars: Force Awakens told in Emojis

Disney has released an emoji version of The Force Awakens.

To commemorate Star Wars Day, Disney releases emoji version of film on a smart...

NYPD join dance challenge

New York Police respond to NZ dance challenge.

New York's finest accept Kiwi dance challenge.

Mayor: confidence is key to filling empty shops

Former Destination Southern Downs business implementation manager Tracy Dobie has announced she will be running for Mayor. Photo Contributed

Dobie to lead economic development committee

Warwick commercial property market in ‘decline’

The old Mango camping store on Albion St is for sale/lease at the moment. It's been empty since late February after housing the camping business for 10 years.

Business confidence affects commercial property sales

Demand for acreage lots pushes up property prices

Property values in Cooroy have increased 25%

Property values jump in Cooroy and Peachester.