Bullock horns auctioned at Big Country
TWO sets of mounted bullock horns will be auctioned off to raise money for charity at Big Country 2018
A SECOND set of mounted bullock horns will be auctioned off for charity at the Big Country bull sale in Charters Towers next week.
Rob Botterill, of True Blue Taxidermy in Townsville, donated the decorative horns for the auction, with proceeds going to the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation.
It is the second set of horns that will be auctioned off after Maitland Station owner Geoff Carrick donated a set from a 12-year-old Hereford-cross bullock which spent its days wandering the Einasleigh River banks.
Mr Botterill said he had picked up the horns, which he mounted to a skull from the Townsville meatworks.
He said it was likely that the horns had come from a bullock in the Julia Creek area.
Mr Botterill also worked on Mr Carrick’s set and said he fled compelled to donate to the cause after he was told what the money was being raised for.
He said he hoped the horns would reach at least $800 for the worthy cause.
“It just depends on the people on the day,” Mr Botterill said.
“I have done quite a few for properties where I airbrush the names of the property into the skulls, with horns from the property which makes a really nice decorative piece.
“A lot I have here have airbrushed pics all over them, with the whole skulls done, and I can get $800 to $1000 for them.
“These weren’t airbrushed, they were done with gladwrap.
“I get properties coming in here and I put them on a plaque and get $250-$400 so with the skull as well, I’d hope for at least double that.”
The charity auction will be held after day one of the Big Country bull sale at the Dalrymple Saleyards on Monday, with the auction expected to commence about 4pm.
All proceeds will go to the Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation.