Bush spirit goes sky high

DESPITE continuing drought, a Quirindi family have shown true country spirit with the donation of the first calf to the Westpac Tag-a-Calf sale – and it’s not even sale day yet.

The 298-kilogram hereford cross steer sold for 170c/kg and was bought yesterday by Manilla’s David Ferguson, on behalf of Empire Meats Wholesalers, Sydney, through Quirindi agent Ian Morgan Livestock. 

Because the calf had a special “helicopter tag” in its ear, the $506 proceeds went straight to the region’s rescue helicopter.

Now in its third year, the 

Westpac Rescue Helicopter 

Tag-a-Calf sale aims to raise funds for the region’s rescue helicopter, with this year’s sale set down for Friday at Tamworth Regional Livestock Exchange from 11am.

The innovative program, which has already raised $39,000 in the previous two years, was started by Bingara Support Group chairwoman Anne Legge when she tagged two steers called Westpac and Rescue. 

To participate in the program, producers can either request an ear tag and sell the beast when it is ready, or at a nominated charity sale like the Tamworth one this Friday. 

Sellers can then decide if the proceeds from the whole beast or a portion of the proceeds is donated to the service. All donations are tax deductible. 

For further details about the sale contact your local livestock selling agent.

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