Limited nominations for the 2018 FNQ Droughtmaster Female Sale in Malanda were further reduced when a traffic accident blocked one of the main access roads to Malanda for most of Saturday the 27 January 2018. The "Kanbrae" Heifers were turned back as well as some potential buyers, making for a challenged Sale. Luckily local buyers were keen to secure some quality Droughtmasters which resulted in a successful day for all.

Top Price of the Sale came from the "Kel-lee A" Stud for LOT 10 "Kel-lee A Just Class", which sold to Damien Small of Upper Barron for $3250. Mr Small is a repeat buyer of the Williams Family Cattle and went on to secure another 2 x registered Heifers for $1800 and $1400 from Kel-Lee to create an average of $2150 for the 3.

"Warrina" Droughtmasters from Ravenshoe presented 3 x registered Cows & Calves and 3 X P.T.I.C. Cows to start the Sale. Cassie Faithful of Minbun purchased 5 of the Warrina Females including LOT 2 "Warrina Waratah" with Bull Calf at foot for $2900 and LOT 7 "Warrina Y Factor" for $2600. All up Warrina Females averaged $2292.

Bill Krieg from Tarzali was the Bulk Buyer of the Sale and ended up with 2 Reg. and 12 Commercial Heifers to average $886. Topping the Commercial Section was a Cow & Calf from "Hideaway Downs" selling to Trevor White & family from Mossman for $2000. Other Vendors in the Commercial Heifers were "Dunmore" Stud (Ave. $875) and "Araluen" Stud (Ave. $850). Steve Rockley from "Dunmore" sold the Top Commercial Heifers for $900.

A small selection of Droughtmaster Steers were presented prior to Landmarks "Open Auction".
Steers 12-14mths top $920 from "Dunmore"
Steers 10-12mths top $850 from "Kel-lee"
Steers 8-10mths top $70 0 from "Kel-lee"

Thanks to all Buyers, underbidders and Landmark Staff for valued support. Thanks also to the F.N.Q. Droughtmaster Studs who support this event and keep the Droughtmaster Flag flying in the state's North.