Bull studs band together to raise funds for the flood

Australian Topstock Auction raises $16,000 for flood-stricken producers.


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Sara and Elle Moyle from Pathfinder Angus, Michael Close from Kurra-Wirra, Mike Gadd from The Glen Angus, Shaun Darmody from Ardrossan Angus, Georgia Seeney from Ray White, Robert Bulle from Ardrossan Angus, James Lilburne from Australian Topstock and Robert Close from Kurra-Wirra.

Sara and Elle Moyle from Pathfinder Angus, Michael Close from Kurra-Wirra, Mike Gadd from The Glen Angus, Shaun Darmody from Ardrossan Angus, Georgia Seeney from Ray White, Robert Bulle from Ardrossan Angus, James Lilburne from Australian Topstock and Robert Close from Kurra-Wirra.

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Each stud offered the proceeds of a bull to charity.

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Bull sales are typically a competitive affair but vendors banded together at the Australian Topstock auction on Friday in the name of helping other producers doing it tough in the west. 

Each of the four studs at the Barcaldine sale - The Glen Angus, Pathfinder Angus, Kurra-Wirra Red Angus and Red Senegus, and Ardrossan Angus - offered the proceeds of a bull to charity. 

James Lilburne from Australian Topstock said the initiative had raised a total of about $16,000. 

"We come up here every year and the Queensland market buys our bulls," he said. 

"At the moment the time is right for us to give a little bit back."

The Glen stud principal Mike Gadd said he had discussed the idea with Mr Lilburne as the floods just started to hit western and north western Queensland, and the other studs had quickly come on board in the lead up to the sale. 

"We've always appreciated the support we get in north west Queensland and it would be remiss of us not to try and help when so many are dealing with the devastating impacts," he said. 

Mr Gadd said it was important for others not directly impacted by the floods to recognise the effects others were battling and that Australia's agriculture sector always needed to stick together. 

"It's important that those affected by the floods or the drought know that their colleagues in the industry are aware of their situation," he said. 

"The amount of money we've raised is maybe not all that much when you think about the scale of the disaster. 

"But we're hoping every little bit helps."

Mr Lilburne said the $16,000 would be split between the Country Women's Association and the Sisters of the North charity based in Cloncurry. 

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