Angus sales this Thursday

THE Cooma region will be the centre of attention this Thursday when more than 1350 head of top quality females and 80 stud and commercial bulls will be offered for sale during a very busy "Monaro Angus Day".

Originally the home of Angus sales in Australia, the Monaro has suffered through 10 years of drought, which resulted in a drop in numbers and the temporary cessation of the annual Monaro Angus Breeders' Association (MABA) event in the Cooma Saleyards.

Improved conditions saw the reintroduction of the sale in 2013 and this year is shaping up as a not-to-be-missed event, with more than 1000 Monaro-bred females offered for sale.

MABA president Bernie Harding said there was renewed enthusiasm for the breeders' sale in the saleyards and this year would build on the momentum from last year's successful sale.

Bernie's confidence was supported by MABA vice-president and Kunuma Angus co-principal, Dean Lynch, who said that buyers would be able to purchase top quality Angus cattle that, through natural selection, have become top-class.

"Monaro's tough conditions mean only the best survive," he said.

Monaro Angus Day will kick off with Hazeldean's annual bull and female on-property sale. Starting at 10.30am, 380 commercial females will go under the hammer, followed by 50 performance bulls at 12pm.

The action will then shift to the Cooma Saleyards, where more than 1000 females will be offered for sale from 1.30pm.

Included in this offering will be the dispersal sale of the long-standing Monaro herd from Tony Goodwin's "Countegany" property and the complete dispersal of Henry Rourke's "Mt Cooper" herd at Ando.

Tony Goodwin's great-grandfather established "Countegany" in 1850, initially running a mixture of cattle until converting to pure-bred Angus cattle.

"The Angus breed work here because they are a well-doing, good functioning type of cattle as well as being good mothers," he said.

A predominantly Hazeldean-blood female herd has been run on the property, with Sparta-bred bulls used in recent years.

Although some years were missed because of drought and lack of numbers, the Goodwins have being selling their females at the MABA annual sale since its inception in 1972.

The complete herd dispersal of the renowned Sparta-blood females from the "Mt Cooper" property at Ando will be another feature of the MABA sale on Thursday.

Monaro Angus Day will wrap up with the twilight bull sale Kunuma Angus at Dargans Flat, when 30 stud and commercial cattle will be offered under lights.

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