Wilarandy Brahman sales a Burnett success story
SUCCESS in livestock is not uncommon when it comes to the wider Burnett region.
One livestock business legend is Steve Turner, who has been in the industry since starting Wilarandy Brahmans with his brother in 1982.
Mr Turner married his wife Sharon in 1991, before they started their own Wilarandy S Brahmans business together in 1995.
This new business soared through the ranks, topping the Rockhamptom Brahman Week Sale in 2007 at $80,000, and topping private bull sales at $50,000.
They also reached $25,000 privately for female sales, with $15,000 in the sale ring.
Mr Turner said they dispersed Wilarandy S Brahmans in 2009 to purchase their family farm, "Foxtail” in Calgoa, between Woolooga and Biggenden, before starting Y3K Brahmans.
Their new focus with Y3K Brahmans was to breed polled brahmans that could compete against horned cattle in beef, bone, scale, good heads, great udders, fertility and carcase traits.
Mr Turner said the cattle were bred hardy to perform anywhere.
From 2014, Mr and Mrs Turner bought the remaining family cattle companies, and continue to operate both Wilarandy Brahmans and Y3K Brahmans.
Mr Turner said their focus was to keep improving the quality of their stud herds, where recent sales have been topping $45,000 for a sire in 2017 and averaging $14,667 at Rockhampton Brahman Week in 2018.
As well as having a large percentage of polled cattle, Mr Turner said they were excited for embryos due next month by the Beef 2018 Junior Champion Bull, Banana Station Manly, and a new purchase of a sire in Tarramba, Pheonix 3507.
Mr Turner will bring two young sires to the Select Sire Sale on September 7.