TOP PEN: Les and Ewan Rockemer, of Gigoomgan Pastoral at Brooweena, were the champion pen winners at the annual All Breeds Steer Sale held on Thursday, February 20, in Biggenden. Picture: Erica Murree
TOP PEN: Les and Ewan Rockemer, of Gigoomgan Pastoral at Brooweena, were the champion pen winners at the annual All Breeds Steer Sale held on Thursday, February 20, in Biggenden. Picture: Erica Murree

Unexpected win for Gigoomgan Pastoral

THE team from Gigoomgan Pastoral never expected to have their name called out as winning champion pen at the Biggenden All Breeds Steer Sale on Thursday.

Supporters of the annual event for the past few years, Les and Ewan Rockemer of Brooweena were on hand to accept the Leicht's vet crush for their unexpected win.

Les Rockemer said the vet crush would come in handy on one of their properties.

"Prices were good, which we didn't expect," he said.

The Charolais-cross-Brahman steers sold for 419c/$1691.

The Rockemers' property on the Brooweena-Woolooga Rd recorded 51mm in the recent rain.

Mr Rockemer said everything looked green.

"The creek and dams are full, but we need follow-up rain as land is drying up," he said.

"We had been feeding the cattle dry lick.

"As things were looking desperate, we thought we'd have to bring in hay, but it rained just in time."

He said the cattle were doing really well but were not weighing heavy.

"Another month and they will be totally different," Mr Rockemer said.

Gigoomgan Pastoral will be exhibiting at the Biggenden show in May.

Mr Rockemer said he'd always been a supporter.

"We will have some bullocks but it won't be as good as previous years, as during the drought we sold a lot of stock," he said.

"But they will make a show."


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