SIMMENTAL members from across the country gathered at the Novotel Sydney Olympic Park to celebrate the breed's 50th anniversary during Sydney Royal Show.
Life memberships were presented to Audrey Weightman, Topweight Simmentals, Forest Grove, WA, and Tom Baker of Woonallee Simmentals, Furner, SA.
Peter Wenn, Pinaroo Hills Simmentals, Bunyip, Vic, received a World Simmental-Fleckvieh Federation (WSFF) Golden Book Award.
Mr Wenn presented 50 year membership awards to Woonallee Simmentals, Wormbete Simmentals, Illabo, and Alva Koort Simmentals, Drysdale, Vic, which were in attendance, and recognised other breeders of the same milestone which can be found via the Simmental Australia website.
Studs recognised for over 25 years of membership can also be viewed via the Simmentals Australia website.
Around $70,700 was raised during the Simmental Australia 50th Anniversary Auction. It included $17,000 paid for the pick of the Southern Black Simmentals' S-drop heifers purchased by Woonallee stud, with all proceeds donated to the Simmental NSW Youth program.
Another highlight was the number one anniversary belt buckle sold for $10,000 to the Simon Hale of Southern Black Simmentals, Nerriga.
Find the full Simmental feature show report in next week's The Land newspaper.
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