Bruce says goodbye to beef

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Bruce says goodbye to beef

All over: Bruce Lester on his Yanakie property. The beef farmer has decided to sell up and move away from the beef industry.

YANAKIE beef farmer Bruce Lester has decided to call it quits after almost 50 years in the industry.
Mr Lester has been a big player in the trade for quite some time, and the fact was obvious as he strolled around his property last Friday.
A huge crowd attended his clearing sale, with plenty seeking him out for a chat.
And while he described the sales as a bit tough, he did manage to sell most of his items.
“I’ve been involved with the industry all my life, but I’ve decided to retire to a smaller block of land,” he said.
“I’m very sad to see it go, but there comes a time when you’ve got to do something about it.”
As well as saying good bye to his own site, Mr Lester bids adieu to experience many could not dream of.
He has been involved with Mundook Hereford Stud, and was the Australian Hereford Industry president for over a decade.
“There have been plenty of good memories,” Mr Lester said.
“Being involved with the people in the cattle industry is a standout, meeting all the people at the saleyards and through my time as the Hereford industry president, that sort of thing.”
He has been able to note many changes to the beef trade, though he feels not all are for the better.
“The industry has become a lot more accountable. Everything is more measured. Food quality issues require much more paperwork,” Mr Lester said.
“It’s a lot more complicated, the markets are so exact. You can’t just send something off anymore and hope you’re going to get paid for it.”
But he did admit a change in the transport has made his life a lot easier, as well as herbal health remedies keeping his cattle in check.
Even a dabble in the lamb industry lately saw Mr Lester’s magic touch reap benefits.
“We haven’t seen any huge prices for beef lately, but the lamb industry has been very kind to us in the last few years,” he said.
So what now for a retired farmer, whose whole life has been dedicated to beef?
“Well, I’m still going to run a few cattle. I’m going to travel a little bit, play a bit of golf and possibly get involved in a few community things, but we’ll have to wait and see,” he said.

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