Auction raises cash for cancer research

Kempsey locals Darren and Sally Sutherland sold an Angus Brangus cross steer at auction last week and raised $4250 for cancer research in memory of their mother An ANGUS Brangus cross steer sold for $4250 at the Kempsey Regional Saleyards last week fetching approximately $6.68 a kilo.

In what was a feeding frenzy, excuse the pun, Macleay Valley producers and processors competed and pushed the dollars of the steer up to record levels, not through friendly rivalry or competition, but through the donation of a worthy cause.

Kempsey locals Darren and Sally Sutherland were the owners of the bullock and put the steer up for auction to raise money for the Cancer Council in the hope of finding a cure for cancer in the future.

“My mum was diagnosed with cancer in May 2014 and died in December later that year,” Darren Sutherland said.

“Mum has always been on the land and when she died myself and my sister made a decision that we would take one of mums bullocks, fatten him up, sell him and donate all the proceeds to the Cancer Council in mum’s memory.

“He’s a three-year-old Angus Brangus cross home bred steer and I had been fattening him up in the paddock for the last nine months.”

The steer weighed 615kg and originally sold for $1906 bought by JBS Swift of Scone coming in at $3.10kg.

This was then followed with a generous donation of $1000 from CQ Pastoral Co which was followed by Mid Coast Rural Agency with another $1000. Mid Coast Rural Agency employee Nigel Auld also donated his day’s wages to the cause making the grand total for the Angus Brangus cross home-bred steer $4250.

“I thought if we got $2000 I would be really happy but I really didn’t expect to raise over $4000 and I’m just overwhelmed,” Mr Sutherland said.

“I think Mum would find it hard to believe how much money we have been able to raise for the Cancer Council with her steer.

“The auction went so well and the response was great so myself and my sister have decided to make it an annual event and I already have another steer picked out for next year.”

Mid Coast Rural Agency principal Mark Haywood said the donation of a steer to raise money to combat cancer really hit a note with local producers and processors.

“It’s a sign of people who have experienced cancer with either themselves, a family member or a friend, and not wanting others to go through what they have been through,” Mr Haywood said.

“With it now continuing every year I expect next year’s sale to raise much more money to go towards finding a cure for cancer.”

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