4 August 2022

A successful NIOA Santa Gertrudis show heifer touted as a “super cow” has fetched a whopping $50,000 in a private sale.

NIOA Lucy, sired by former RNA Brisbane Royal Reserve Grand Champion bull Moonganna Karachi (P), has been purchased by West Australian investor Clinton Wheatley and will join a line of super cows being managed in a shared progeny deal with Rob and Lorraine Sinnamon’s Kyogle-based Riverina Santa Gertrudis.

Mr Sinnamon, who is teaming up with NIOA Pastoral for the NIOA & RL Pastoral Production Sale on September 1, said NIOA Lucy had created a benchmark for high-value Santa cows.

The three-year-old heifer was among an eight-strong Riverina-NIOA draft making a return to the Brisbane Ekka judging ring for the first time since 2019 after COVID19 forced the cancellation of the 2020 and 2021 shows.

“This would have to be up there with the highest money paid for a Santa Gertrudis female in Australia,” Mr Sinnamon said.

“She’s a superb homozygous poll example of a functional Santa Gertrudis female. You will go a long way to find a more beautifully balanced female with an ideal tropical coat type, tremendous volume and capacity.”

NIOA Lucy’s mother is the much-celebrated Goolagong Lucy L103 (P) who was a successful foundation dam for NIOA’s seedstock operation at Talgai Homestead at Allora on Queensland’s Southern Downs.

The impeccably bred cow has campaigned successfully at a number of shows, winning multiple championships, including first in class (female 21-24 months) at Beef Australia 2021 in Rockhampton.

“Clinton has been involved in the Santa business since the mid-1980s and has in recent years assembled a line of super cows,’’ Mr Sinnamon said.

“NIOA Lucy is now set to be extensively used through IVF to produce next generation Santa Gertrudis of the highest quality on our Kyogle district property.”

NIOA Lucy is an example of the elite genetics that will be on offer at Talgai Homestead for the NIOA & RL Pastoral Production Sale on September 1.

NIOA and the Sinnamons have joined forces for the first time to present an impressive catalogue, including 52 bulls from 14 industry-leading sires.

NIOA & RL Pastoral will hold pre-sale inspections with an open day at the Sinnamons’ property, “Mayfield”, Kyogle, on August 20 from 10am-3pm while NIOA welcomes inspections by appointment.

Cattle will be on display on September 1 at Talgai Homestead from 9am with bidding to start from 2pm.

Elders and Ray White have been appointed on-site auction agents while those unable to attend the sale can make bids online with Auctions Plus and Elite Livestock.

View the sale catalogue here:

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NIOA Pastoral’s Rob and Eliza Nioa at the Ekka with stud heifer NIOA Lucy Q14 (P) who has been snapped up for $50,000 ahead of next month’s NIOA & RL Pastoral Production Sale at Talgai Homestead.

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