STOCK agents were bidding like a bull at a gate for the first beast sold at last month’s opening of the Barnawartha North saleyards.
It was all in the name of charity.
Headspace Albury-Wodonga was the beneficiary of the charity auction that fetched $11,000 for a 600-kilogram Angus steer.
The black steer was donated by Woodend Feedlot at Daysdale for the opening sale.
Cattleyard builders Thompson Langhorn — which built the new yards — and the Albury-Wodonga Stock Agents Association went 50-50 on the purchase of the steer, dubbed “headspace Hero”.
The agents also hosted a cocktail party following the opening sale, raising a further $12,200 from an auction of goods and services.
Headspace centre manager Bek Nash-Webster welcomed the funds.
“I have to admit it was a most unusual way to raise funds and goes to show the agents value headspace,” she said.
“The agents came up with the idea and we ran with it.”
She said the centre’s youth reference group would help decide how to spend the money.