'Worth the support': campdrafters in for their cut of Bill’s steer

A FOUR-year-old steer owned by Molong man Bill McLaughlin is set to be auctioned off at the Forbes saleyards to raise money for the Molong Campdraft Society.

The poll shorthorn is estimated to be worth around $1600, and was bred by Mr McLaughlin at his property Gamboola, near Molong.

Mr McLaughlin said he wanted to support the Molong campdrafters because of the connection he has with the sport.

“I’m a stock person myself,” Mr McLaughlin said.

“I’m over 80, so I’m not a participant, but I am a supporter and a spectator.”

The date the steer will be sold at the saleyards is still unknown, but Mr McLaughlin said it would be in the next couple of weeks.

“It will sell well, and all the cowboys will be there,” Mr McLaughlin said. 

“Most cattle get sold off when they’re around 18 months, but I just kept him because he’s a good type and I wanted to make an example of a good shorthorn.”

Mr McLaughlin said Molong Campdraft Society members had just put in a steel-panelled arena, and said he just wanted to give back to them.

“It’s a good Australian sport and it’s worth the support.” 

Mr McLaughlin said he was glad there was a lot of interest in the sport from the younger generations.

“The young ones are coming on well, not least the girls,” he said.

“The girls really get into it and are competitive.”

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