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End of an era for Angus producers

The LandReported by:
Vanessa Binks

It’s an end of an era for the Pellow family at West Wyalong with the last Angus steers leaving the property, which sold recently.

John and Alice Pellow, “Brymur”, West Wyalong, were married for 65 years until John died earlier this year. 

Mr Pellow traded Angus steers for almost six years alongside his building business, as a passion and hobby that followed him throughout his life on the land.

Mrs Pellow, 89, said John was raised in a farming family, so the desire to trade Angus cattle was in his blood.

In 1966, John and his brother brought, “Brymur”, before separating it, leaving Mr Pellow with 445 hectares. 

Dabbling in Hereford cattle and sheep for many years, the decision to switch to trading steers was made because of their temperament and John’s disinterest in breeding cattle.

Son-in-law Mal Davies was always a supporting hand to John on the property, therefore when the time came for Mr Davies to step in and keep the enterprise running, he did. 

Mr Davies began managing herd about four years ago after John had a heart attack.

“John chose to only have steers because he believed cows and calves were too hard on the fencing,” Mr Davies said.

“He usually brought steers from direct sales at Gundagai and he also teamed up with Forbes agent Tim Mackay to source them,” he said. 

At “Brymur” steers were brought in at about 250 kilograms and grown out to 600kg.

“He was chasing that export market and a lot of the stock was sold direct to the likes of Teys Australia,” Mr Davies said.

“He always chose to take them to that weight and the first option was to sell direct to Teys Australia because they were more of an export size – rather than take them to the saleyards based on what the market was doing they were often better sold direct.

“They were also too big for butcher size, so it was mainly export meat.”

After selling 35 steers in June for $1700 per head through the buoyant saleyard market, 70 steers remained in October before being sold.

Alice Pellow and Mal Davies, “Brymur”, West Wyalong, with the final herd of Angus steers. Photo by RACHAEL WEBB

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