THE Rockhampton Beef Sale attracted 175 vendors from across the country, offering a strong draft of 793 Brahman bulls this year.
Among the 15 new vendors were Jessica and Innes Fahey from the Bizzy F Brahman stud, Rocky Creek, Copmanhurst, NSW.
They sold two red Brahman bulls, including 26-month-old Bizzy F Red Rock (PS) for $12,000 to Tracey Conroy, Grafton.
Mr Fahey was involved in his parents' Brahman stud, Bizzy Brahmans at Nettle Creek, 55kms north west of Grafton, before branching off with his wife Jessica and their children to explore new opportunities of their own.
"I created our own stud and we call it Bizzy F at the moment, which is just an offshoot of the Bizzy Brahman stud," Mr Fahey said.
"We sell bulls locally here and locally in NSW, down and around the Grafton regions, as far south as Kempsey and Taree."
Mr Fahey said market uncertainty drove his family to explore a new market in the beef capital in Queensland.
"We're a thousand kilometres from Rockhampton where they are sold, but we're just trying to diversify and send a few bulls up there and take the bulls to the buyers, instead of them always having to come down here," Mr Fahey said.
Mr Fahey's parents have sold bulls at the Brahman Week sale previously but not for over 10 years, and Mr Fahey said he knew what he was in for.
"You can't have too high expectations," Mr Fahey said.
You sort of have to leave your expectations at home before you go and the market will make that decision of what they're worth."
Bizzy F brought up their draft of two red Brahman bulls and Mr Fahey said his family were happy with the result.
"Two polled bulls, they were just functional, structurally correct. Plenty of bone and good sirey heads and good temperament with plenty of meat and thickness to them," Mr Fahey said.
"That was a big thing, the temperament, their structural correctness and the pedigrees suited.
"We sold [Red Rock] for $12,000, we were hoping for at least $8,000 or $10,000, and we averaged $10,500 for the two of them.
"If we think the quality is good enough, we'll probably just stick around that two to three bulls and see how our breeding program goes."
Mr Fahey highlighted the importance of first time vendors having confidence in their cattle before entering the market.
"You've got to be hard on yourself and they've got to be pretty good bulls, worthy of going up there and you can't just send any old bulls and expect to sell," Mr Fahey said.
"Don't have high expectations, leave the expectations at home and the buyers will determine what the value is."