Stud to honour wife and mother
THERE will be mixed emotions for Brett and Ashley Haager when they drop the hammer at their auction at the family stud tomorrow.
The managers of Valorbrook Angus Stud are holding their annual bull sale, but for the father-and- son duo, it will be a bitter-sweet day.
The annual sale marks almost 12 months since the passing of Rana Haager, Brett's wife and Ashley's mother, who tragically died of a brain haemorrhage two weeks after last year's sale at Valorbrook.
Rana was an integral part of the stud, and her presence has been greatly missed over the past year.
"It was her life,” Brett said.
"She lived for stud cattle, she was very hands-on with everything around the farm.”
Brett said it had been a difficult year, with Friday sure to be just as emotional.
"It will be tough since it is 12 months since Rana's passing,” he said.
"It's been really tough on myself and Ashley.
"We have pushed this sale around her since she was a significant lady in the cattle industry.
"It will be a big relief once we get the sale out of the road.”
This year's sale will have 60 angus bulls and and 10 short-horned bulls.
The annual sale will also be raising money for not-for- profit group LifeFlight, which helped the Haager family close to one year ago.
"They were there for us. They flew Rana to Brisbane after her haemorrhage,” Brett Haager said.
"All of the proceeds from the first lot of cattle will go to them. When something like that happens and you receive help like they gave, it is time to give something back.”
The auction begins at midday tomorrow, at Valorbrook Angus Stud in Bell.