A new Queensland record has been set for the Simmental breed, after Billa Park K60 (P) sold for $23,000 at the Roma Simmental and Simbrah Sale last Friday.
Offered by the York family from the Billa Park Simmental Stud at Dulacca, the 22-month-old bull was purchased by Leon and Sheryl Franz, Yurimbah, Manumbar.
Mr Franz operates his own herd of purebred Simmental cows, and breeds bulls for commercial cattlemen in the Burnett district. Having purchased Billa Park Simmental bulls before and knowing what they’ve done for his operation, Mr Franz didn’t hesitate to outlay the top-priced money to secure Billa Park K60 (P).
“This bull has a tremendous hindquarter, and poll genetics is always something we look for. We feel poll genetics are a thing of the future, so we’re looking down the track in our own breeding operation,” Mr Franz said.
Billa Park K60 (P) weighed 874kg, scanned 137 square cm in the EMA, measured 40cm in the scrotal circumference and had an IMF percentage of 4.2. His sire is Billa Park Poll Genesis, which had seven sons in the 2016 sale. It was the first draft of Billa Park Poll Genesis calves offered, and all seven sold to average $12,571.
Other sale statistics on the day backed the performance of the Billa Park stud. The first 11 sale bulls sired by the Australian record top-priced bull Woonallee Goldrush all sold to average $9182. Overall the Billa Park stud enjoyed a total clearance, and sold 37 bulls for an impressive average of $8824.
Other highlights included Billa Park Kakadu K90 selling for $14,500 to Bill and Sue Blakeney, Coondoo, and Billa Park Longreach selling for $14,000 to Ingelara Grazing, Rolleston.
Scott and Claire York, Casa Toro Simmentals, Jackson, sold Casa Toro Black Knight (P) for $16,000 to JP&KJ Beitz, Middle Ridge, Amby. The 26-month-old black bull weighed 1030kg, he had an EMA of 148 square cm and an IMF percentage of 5.7. The Casa Toro prefix sold three bulls to average $10,833.
Other sale vendors included Bevan Johnston, Bareen Simmentals, Kingaroy, who sold 10 bulls to average $6300, while Lloyd and Wendy Fairburn, Fairhaven Simmentals, Kingaroy, sold eight for a $7285 average. Overall, the four vendors sold 58 bulls for a 98 percent clearance rate, and a strong average of $8298.- ANDREA SCHULZ.