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Royal charity steer soars to $25,000 worth of funding


The LandReported by:
Vanessa Binks

This year has marked almost a decade of support by Paul Ferry of Abingdon Station near Gundagai at the Schute Bell charity steer auction, as he helped to push the winning bid to his highest paid price of $25,000.

For nine years in a row, Mr Ferry has managed to muscle out fellow charitable bidders to win the steer on the final hammer at the renowned Sydney Royal Easter Show auction and he said that he will continue to not back off from bidding tussles to pay the top-price at future auctions. 

The money raised from the auction goes to the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute. 

Melissa Hargrave, Penrith, Sydney, and Fiona Coote, Tamworth, who stood along-side the charity steer this year, are both heart transplant recipients and were ecstatic by the height of the winning bid. 

Mr Ferry said he was tested at the 2017 auction but knew he had to stand his ground. 

“For me personally it makes a difference to know I am giving back to the community,” he said. 

The middleweight Limousin steer was prepared by Murrumburrah High School and bred by stud managers Glenn and Suzie Trout, Birubi Limousin stud,  Boramballa near Wagga Wagga. 

The 488 kilogram steer was by Birubi Gulliver G14 from Birubi Jillian J239 and measured eight millimetres of fat on the rump and 5mm on the rib. 

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