A new era for Rennylea

End of an era: Peter Govan, pictured with wife Sue, says farewell to Rennylea next month and will establish his own operation just west of Culcairn.
End of an era: Peter Govan, pictured with wife Sue, says farewell to Rennylea next month and will establish his own operation just west of Culcairn.

The March 13 bull sale marks a milestone at Rennylea as it is stud manager Peter Govan’s last sale. The long time manager of the Rennylea properties at Culcairn will be hanging up his hat with the Corrigan’s, but not venturing too far away.

Lucinda and Bryan Corrigan said Peter’s involvement in the business over the past 17 years has had a profound influence on bull production and marketing.

Bryan Corrigan's pick bull: Lot 13 Rennylea M768 by Sterita Park J231. "Well muscled, good structure, temperament and indicies.”

Bryan Corrigan's pick bull: Lot 13 Rennylea M768 by Sterita Park J231. "Well muscled, good structure, temperament and indicies.”

“Since on property sales commenced in 2004, Rennylea has marketed 2,294 bulls by auction for an average sale price of $7,333 with no credits in the sale,” said Lucinda.

“Peter’s dairy farmer background has meant he has always had a commercial focus on pasture production and nutrition. 

“Everyone at Rennylea wishes Peter a fond farewell and we are happy he’s not moving too far away.”

Peter and wife Sue, who will continue to run Rennylea’s database, despatch and shop front, are building their own house west of Culcairn and will run a contract herd of 120 Rennylea breeders.

Peter said there had been many highlights over the past 17 years, including successfully conducting 26 bull auctions between 2004 and 2017 and selling two bulls at Rennylea’s last sale for $38,000 and $36,000 to Booroomooka stud, Bingara.

He has also enjoyed watching the family business evolve.

“Watching the Corrigan family grow into the business is an absolute highlight,” he said. “And meeting so many people, whether they are agents, clients, people you work with – they are great people.”

He has mixed feelings about Rennylea’s bull sale on March 13.

“I’m looking forward to it, but there will be a bit of sadness,” he said.

“I must say thank you to the Corrigan family for taking that initial step and taking us on. It has been an absolute pleasure to work in a family business with such integrity and respect within the industry.”

Peter also breeds Collie dogs, and is looking forward to spending more time training and trialling them.

Lucinda said the March bull sale line up was a tribute to the work of Peter and the team.

“The bulls are well grown and offer terrific performance with a moderate maturity pattern and loads of carcase.”

Peter’s departure will mean movement in the ranks and stepping up to take on new roles are Ruth and Anthony Corrigan. 

“We have a fantastic team which also include include Dirk Ulett, Hayley Mitchell and Fergus Hassall and we are looking forward to what feels like the start of a new era.”

She said on sale day everyone was welcome to stay on afterwards for food and refreshments and to wish Peter all the best in his new endeavours.

The Corrigan family at Rennylea: Ruth, Bryan, Lucinda and Anthony. They say the upcoming bull sale on March 13 is a tribute to the work of Peter and his team.

The Corrigan family at Rennylea: Ruth, Bryan, Lucinda and Anthony. They say the upcoming bull sale on March 13 is a tribute to the work of Peter and his team.