History preserved

June 21, 2017

Owen Lucas with the display unit at Killimicat Station showcasing the original cattle weigh scales from the famous King Ranch.

A set of historic scales once gracing the cattle yards at the Australian headquarters of King Ranch now make a unique display on a southern NSW property.

The old-fashioned cattle scales, complete with a life-size statue of a bull and historical memorabilia, were unveiled at Killimicat Station, Tumut, on April 19 to mark 45 years of stud cattle breeding by the Lucas family.

The late Roland and Eileen Lucas had bred Angus cattle commercially for many years before founding their stud, Reiland, in 1972. They managed without cattle scales until their son Owen sourced the original set from the Australian headquarters of the famous Texas-based King Ranch.

King Ranch had bought Milton Park, at Bowral, in 1960 to showcase its Santa Gertrudis cattle and quarter horses. National records were established at the Milton Park annual stud stock auctions.

The King Ranch scales went on to weigh thousands of cattle at Reiland Angus until replaced by modern digital scales.

Owen, of Sutton Forest, and his brothers, Mark and Harry, acknowledged the significance of the original scales to the nation’s cattle industry, and wanted to make them a showpiece.

They are now housed in a portable and weatherproof shed along with a life-size statue of an Angus bull and a set of digital scales.

Documents and photographs on the history of the Angus breed and Reiland Angus complete the visual display. It was unveiled to the public at the Reiland annual autumn bull sale.

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