'Stampie' will go under the hammer to raise money for Willans Hill School

RURAL GESTURE: Wagga RSL chief executive officer Andrew Bell, Willans Hill School pupil, Luca Soaronne, 10 and cattle breeder Georgette Keen, Nawarra Murray Greys.
RURAL GESTURE: Wagga RSL chief executive officer Andrew Bell, Willans Hill School pupil, Luca Soaronne, 10 and cattle breeder Georgette Keen, Nawarra Murray Greys.

STAMPIE is not just any old Murray Grey steer. He is a steer with a special mission and is expected to raise around $12,500 at an upcoming auction in Wagga. 

Stampie was bred by the Keen family of Nawarra Murray Grey Stud at Gregadoo and in recent times he has been fed and prepared by John Rodd in a bid to get him quiet and ready for auction.

The aim is to sell the steer to raise funds for the children at Willans Hill School in Wagga. And it is a project that has a long history in this region. RSL chief executive officer Andrew Bell, Wagga explained this was the 10th year of the project and it was the 13th charity steer to go under the hammer. 

On Friday a bus load of pupils from Willans Hill School braved the blustery conditions during a visit to the Keen’s property to see Stampie. 

The 18 primary school aged pupils were able to learn about the preparation of Stampie and the upcoming auction at the Wagga Livestock Marketing Centre on November 26. 

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