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The Ferguson Family, Toowoomba

 

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When looking at the history of Glenn Oaks Santa Gertrudis breeders Wendy and Scott Ferguson, it could easily be argued that their lineage is as good as their herd.

Scott’s late father Graeme began breeding Santa Gertrudises in the 1960s and owned the Glenview stud while Wendy’s father is Alastair Bassingthwaighte, owner of the well-known Yarrawonga-Waco stud. It was a match made in Santa heaven and has resulted in three daughters, Phoebe, Sophie and Lily, who have inherited their parents’ passion for the breed.

Scott is currently preparing for the Santa Central sale held at their purpose built sale arena, 45km south of Toowoomba.

It is an annual sale that this year will feature 115 bulls, all of whom are prepared by the family’s Glenn Oaks Fitting Service. “This time of year is definitely a busy one for us,” Scott says.

“We prepped 106 bulls for the Royal Queensland Show last month on behalf of 10 different studs.

“We had an excellent show this year with bulls fitted by Glenn Oaks taking out all 10 of the available Santa Gertrudis champion ribbons.”

The bulls are now back on the property and are being readied for this month’s sale.

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“This will be our 11th annual sale and we’re really happy with how numbers have continued to grow." “Last year was a record year for us and our average price was the best in the country, hopefully this year’s sale will be another good one."

“When buyers come to this sale they can easily compare the bulls as they know that they have all received the same feed, inoculations, testing etc.” Scott receives the lead bulls in February and the remaining in May and they are kept on oats in the lead up to the sale, it’s an intense process but having the bulls brought to him is much preferable to the alternative.

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“I used to be travelling all the time both to sell our own bulls and to fit other people’s. Now they all come to us and are in our care until the September sale.

“It’s a program that seems to work well, especially given the timing of the Ekka, potential buyers can view the bulls and then come and buy them a month later.”

Scott’s commitment to the Santa Gertrudis breed does not end at the farm gate, adding to an already overflowing plate he is also President of the Santa Gertrudis Breeders Association. “There are 12 people on the Santa Breeders’ council and we are all very committed to promotion and support of the breed.

“We ensure sales are promoted, make decisions about the integrity of the stud book, look after members as best we can and plan for the breed’s future direction.

“It can be a time consuming role, but it is a rewarding one.”

As the business continues to grow Scott says he and Wendy would like to increase their own bull numbers and potentially purchase additional land, it’s a move that he’s confident his bank will support when the opportunity presents itself.

“Rabobank are committed to the rural industry, which certainly makes a difference, particularly when things aren’t always that easy."

“Rabobank have been good to us over the years and they’ve always encouraged us to grow,” he said. “We’ve had some tougher years with dry seasons and lower prices and they’ve always provided the flexibility we’ve needed.”

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