Delightful dozen for the Smith family

Gold City Brahman Sale 2019 attracts restockers

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TOP TEAM: Lissabelle and Deborah Smith, Limbri Station, bought 12 bulls at Gold City. Photo - Jessica Johnston.

TOP TEAM: Lissabelle and Deborah Smith, Limbri Station, bought 12 bulls at Gold City. Photo - Jessica Johnston.

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The Gold City Brahman sale provided an opportunity to restock after first drought, then flood, ravaged the Smith family's Hughenden property.

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The Gold City Brahman sale provided an opportunity to restock after first drought, then flood, ravaged the Smith family's Hughenden property.

Deborah Smith, Limbri Station, 40km south of Hughenden bought 12 to average $4625 and was the volume buyer at the sale.

Mrs Smith, who runs about 2500 head with husband Ken and children Lissabelle and Brendon, across her family's two properties at Hughenden and Pentland, said she had bought six grey and six red Brahmans.

She said the herd sires would be put to work at Oakvale, their 16,190 hectare breeder block on the Cape River north of Pentland.

Mrs Smith said the family had destocked their Hughenden block completely for 18 months in 2016 due to the ongoing drought.

They only put cattle back on their 11,330 hectare property, Limbri Station, in July last year, months before February's devastating north west flood.

"We had only just bought some cattle out in July prior to the floods and we lost 10 per cent of them," Mrs Smith said.

"We had 13 inches of rain over 11 days, which is half an average wet season, but once the ground had absorbed as much as it could, the rest ran off."

Mrs Smith said prior to destocking the family had bred their own bulls for their operation, only buying a few here and there at Charters Towers.

They breed commercial cattle for either the domestic or live export market.

Mrs Smith said the bulls she bought at Gold City all had similar attributes, suited to their operation.

"They have good square bodies, heavy bone, not overfed on grain as they do have to go out into the paddock to work, and temperament.

"They are all pretty similar, the most outstanding one we got was a Kangarin pink nose bull."

The Smiths picked up Kangarin Magnate 1185 (H), a 35-month-old son of Tartrus Chandler 5689 (H) out of Kangarin 577 (H) for $4000.

Mrs Smith said she was pleased with her purchases.

"We'll be sorted for the next six months, maybe next year if we get a decent season and we get some good money for cattle, we'll be looking to buy again."

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