ONE of Queensland’s most respected cattle producers, Eric Nobbs, was honoured at Moura Saleyards on Friday with the unveilling of the Eric Nobbs Memorial Selling Complex.
Mr Nobbs, who passed away in May aged 97, remained actively involved in the running of his property, Lyndhurst, Biloela, even attending Beef 2015.
Here he claimed the champion pen of pasture fed steers, exhibited in partnership with his sons Chas, Stewart and Roger.
Moura-based Elders agent Tom Cuskelly, who has been with the agent for two decades, said he had a “fair bit to do” with Mr Nobbs and his sons, and came up with the idea of a memorial.
“It’s to show respect for a great cattleman,” he said.
Mr Nobbs has been long-recognised as an industry pioneer and was made a life member of the Australian Brahman Breeders Association in 2002 for his contribution in advancing the Brahman breed.
“It was an emotional day, as this was the first sale he hasn’t been to,” Mr Cuskelly said.
Moura Bull Sale sees Stewart Nobbs & family sell this fellow for $20,000 (Yoman 122/3 P) pic.twitter.com/VQB3I6Q8hz
The memorial was unveiled prior to the 34th annual Moura Bull Sale to a record crowd, which packed the stands and marquees.
Mr Nobbs’ son-in-law Neal Lynch, Lyndhurst, said it was a fitting recognition not just to the cattle industry, but to Moura itself.
“He is a founding developer here and he was one of the early ones who pulled a block - that’s a fair recognition.”
Daughter Linda Lynch said there had been teary moments during the day.
“Dad would have loved it here today, seeing that,” she said.
Mr Nobbs is survived by five children Helen, Chas, Stewart, Linda and Roger, and many grandchildren.