With more than 50 years of Angus breeding infused into their herd, the cattle bred at the Neville family’s Old Bambun Grazing property at Gingin, WA certainly stand out from the pack.
But it’s not only the history behind the cattle which makes them special, it is also the focus on the herd’s breeding and management programs by the Neville family that have delivered the results.
Steve and Irene Neville along with daughter Megan and son-in-law Leigh McCallum are passionate about breeding a quality Angus product to ensure the long term viability of their family farming operation and it is why their Angus herd is one of the picks in the State’s north.
So when the family was invited to supply the Angus heifers for this year’s Farm Weekly- WA Angus Breeders WIN 10 Angus Heifers and AFGRI Equipment John Deere ride-on-mower competition, Mr Neville was both taken aback and excited by the opportunity.
“We are extremely honoured to be asked to be part of the competition and feel privileged to be able to supply the heifers,” Mr Neville said.
“It has been a wonderful competition over the years and has certainly provided great promotion for the Angus breed.
“So to now be named as one of the heifer suppliers alongside some of the State’s leading commercial Angus herds is something very special to us.”
This year the competition’s overall prize pool is valued at $25,400 (inc GST) and for the first time there will be two chances to win. The first lucky winner drawn will take-home 10 of the Neville family’s 2019-drop purebred, unjoined Angus heifers affectionately known as the ‘Gingin Goddesses’, valued at $15,400 (inc GST), plus thanks to Farm Weekly and AFGRI Equipment, a John Deere E140 Select Series, ride-on-mower valued at $5000 (inc GST), delivering a prize totalling $20,400 (inc GST).
And to further add to this year’s competition, there is another prize opportunity again thanks to Farm Weekly and AFGRI Equipment, with the second winner drawn receiving a John Deere E140 Select Series, ride-on-mower, valued at $5000 (inc. GST).
The competition, now in its 13th consecutive year, is a joint promotion of the Angus breed between WA’s biggest selling rural newspaper Farm Weekly and WA Angus breeders, which has seen more than $145,000, worth of prizes distributed over the period.
Heifers from Keysbrook, Gingin (twice), Coolup, Wagerup, Denbarker, Esperance, Kojonup, Lake Grace, Wilga, Kalgan and Pemberton have been won by 12 lucky Farm Weekly annual subscribers.
WA Angus Society chairman Mark Hattingh said the competition over the past 12 years had been a real success and every year it just seems to get even bigger.
“As a breed society we feel very privileged to be involved in such a long running competition with Farm Weekly, most competitions run for just a few years but this one continues to stand the test of time and grows each year,” Mr Hattingh said.
“We are very grateful that Farm Weekly came to us all those years ago and asked us to be involved and for all the work they put in.
“This competition is a win-win for everyone involved and has certainly been a great promotional tool for our breed at a very opportune time.
“It just continues to grow each year in terms of not only the support we receive from our members and Farm Weekly but also the entries the competition receives.
“When it comes to prizes on offer for this year’s competition producers won’t be disappointed.
“The heifers come from an excellent breeding herd at Gingin and will provide a great opportunity for anyone interested in Angus cattle to win some really impressive heifers.
“Plus this year the competition will also give away two John Deere E140 Select Series ride-on-mowers.”
AFGRI Equipment Australia marketing and small ag manager Jacques Coetzee said AFGRI was very proud to be sponsoring the John Deere E140 ride-on-mowers for the Farm Weekly/WA Angus Breeders competition.
“We are always looking for opportunities to get involved with the local communities and this sponsorship ties directly in with that,” Mr Coetzee said.
“We have a close relationship with Farm Weekly and jumped at the opportunity to be part of this great initiative.
“The mowers will just make life easier for two very lucky Farm Weekly subscribers.
“They are the top of the line of the E100 class ride-on-mowers and truly make mowing a pleasure.
“The John Deere E140 has a 22hp engine with two pedal forward/reverse hydrostatic transmission and a 48 inch deck.
“To top it off it comes with a two-year/120-hour (which ever comes first) warranty.
“Who ever is fortunate enough to win the mowers, will be more than pleased with how they perform.”
Farm Weekly general manager Trevor Emery said the WIN 10 Angus Heifers Competition was Farm Weekly’s longest-running competition, now spanning 13 years and Farm Weekly was pleased to again be partnering with WA Angus breeders to bring the competition to its readers.
“The competition has always been about offering some of the best commercial Angus genetics from within the State and we think we have achieved this over the years, which is a credit to the breed and WA’s Angus breeders,” he said.
“This year’s offering of heifers will again not disappoint in terms of quality and having viewed the herd two weeks ago, there is no doubting they will grow out to be fantastic breeders in the future.”
Entry coupons for the competition will be published in Farm Weekly each week for nine weeks starting today and concluding on Thursday, February 13, 2020.
Entries close with the last mail on Friday, February 21, 2020, with the prize draw taking place at the Farm Weekly office on Monday, February 24.
To be eligible to enter, readers must be a current annual subscriber to Farm Weekly or become a new annual subscriber to Farm Weekly before the competition concludes.
Subscribers can enter as many times as they like, subject to the terms and conditions of the competition and provided the entry is on an original entry coupon. For ease of entering the competition, multiple original entry forms can be forwarded in a single envelope.
To subscribe or for more information, contact Farm Weekly on (08) 9361 5000.
By Jodie Rintoul The Farm Weekly