PET COW: This highland cross steer by the name of Hairy sold for about $980.
PET COW: This highland cross steer by the name of Hairy sold for about $980. Michael Nolan

Fluffy highlanders and sleek droughtmasters sell well

WHILE the yarding at Tuesday's fortnightly Coolabunia Fat and Store sale was a humble 380-odd head, the quality and variety of beast was on point.

The market for young cattle cooled slightly with heifer and steer prices holding firm below the year-to-date average.

Shaun Walters from Kunioon trucked in 61 head of droughtmaster charbray-cross weaners and sold the lot to a variety of buyers.

He made $3.30/kg for the steers and $2.80/kg for the heifers.

"The price has come back a bit,” Mr Walters said.

But with the winter chill drying out his paddock and a lack of rain it was time to sell.

"I've run out of feed now,” he said.

"This will do me for now and I'll keep the rest until we get some more rain.”

For buyers looking for something out of the ordinary, Kumbia graizer Glen Unverzagt sold a single Highland-cross steer.

The beast was affectionately named Hairy and Mr Unverzagt bought his sire from Durong.

"They were just pets we found, they were something different to look at,” Mr Unverzagt said.

"The cows are gone now and this was their progeny.”

Despite coming from the dreary wind swept mountains of Northern Scotland, Mr Unverzagt said the breed could easily cross into an Australian herd.

"They seemed to do alright, I think they're like any Euro breed that has a bit of hair on them.

"We never had any trouble with them and they didn't seem to get too hot.”

That said, he reckons their appeal is purely cosmetic.

"It'd have to be niche market, bred more for looks than anything else, but I think the climate's alright, it's not too hot in Kumbia,” he said.

"We didn't give them any special treatment.”

Ellesmere graizer Geoff Cross offered the pick of the sale with two pens of droughtmaster-cross steers going for about $3/kg.

"I'm over the moon with that,” Mr Cross said.

Mr Cross runs about 100 breeders on his property to supplement his income while he farms corn and peanuts.

"I just like their temperament and the way they grown and fatter,” he said.

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