A purebred Charolais steer raised over $8,000 for the Black Dog Charity Ride promoting awareness of Mental Health at the 2018 Perth Royal Show. The steer was special in every sense, having been bred and donated by Jim and Belynda Quilty, Elgin Park Charolais, Elgin and prepared ex gratia by Peter and Judy Milton, Dardanup. The steer weighed 562kg and scanned 11mm after 120 days on feed. All proceeds for the steer benefit the Black Dog Ride charity. The steer named “Winston 10” was sold commission free through Landmark with auctioneer Tiny Holly on the gavel. It was the 10th steer prepared by the Miltons for the mental health awareness campaign since 2011 and in a repeat of last year and several years previous, it was again Harvey Beef principals Andrew and Nicola Forrest who made the philanthropic $8000 ($14.23/kg) bid to secure a quality animal for a communal cause. Speaking on behalf of the Forrests, Mr McDougall who did the bidding, said they were committed to supporting WA agriculture and also remained strong advocates of important charities as this one was.
Main image: Amanda Cavenagh, Belynda and Jim Quilty, Tiny Holly, Kim McDougall representing the buyers and Peter Milton holding Elgin Park Winston 10. (Image Courtesy Farm Weekly)