He hobbled into the Barnawartha selling complex near Wodonga on a walking stick but nothing was going to stop Mark Wallace from seeing his cattle sold at the premium Angus grown and weaner sale today.
Mr Wallace and wife, Ann, travelled to Wodonga from Porepunkah near Bright in Victoria’s Ovens Valley to see their steers top at $1330 a head.
But Ann confided her husband was lucky to make the journey having been airlifted to hospital last November with a lung infection and other serious health issues including rheumatoid arthritis.
He has had to have an operation on one of his knees.
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“I had to get better to see my cows sold,” Mr Wallace said.
The Wallaces sold 36 steers and 37 heifers and were happy with the results even though they were down on the same sale last year when they topped at $1500 a head.
Their 240-hectare property, “Lauriston”, is now covered with lush clover pastures.
This year’s Jarobee-blood sale toppers were 10 and 11-month-old steers weighing an average 436kg.
Their female draft topped at $1170 for a pen of 11 heifers weighing an average 398kg.
“The prices weren’t too bad, we are happy,” Mr Wallace said.
The Wallaces also quarry river rock and have 3000 chestnut trees.