The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service will receive $5094 after The Land’s popular Win a Pen of Santa Steers competition was wrapped up at Gunnedah saleyards.
The six steers were sold at Gunnedah saleyards on Tuesday for a gross of of $10,188.75 with half the proceeds heading to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service and the other half to The Land readers and Tomingley couple, Emma and Murray Rees, “The Ranch”, whose winning coupon was drawn from hundreds of entries.
Emma Rees said the couple, who have two sons, Jack, 5, and Mitch, 5, was also going to donate part of their win to the Westpac Helicopter Rescue Service.
“When I was filling out the coupon I told my husband, `you’ve got to be in it to win it’.”
The six steers weighed an average 595.8 kilograms and were bought by JBS Australia for 285c a kg or $1698 a head for a gross of $10,188.75.
Stephen Ware, general manager of the Santa Gertrudis Breeder’s (Australia) Association, said the competition was popular and provided good publicity for the Santa breed and sponsors.
The steers were donated by Tookey Creek and Jarrah Park, Bellata, Watasanta, Tamworth, Benelkay, Mullaley, Yugilbar, Baryyulgil, Rockingham in western NSW and Northern Santa Gertrudis Breeders Sale at Tamworth.
The steers are finished by another competition sponsor, the Wilga Feedlot at Bellata, and moved by transport sponsor, Martins of Scone.