By Martin Bunyard, Queensland Country Life
A solid price average and total clearance rate has been achieved at this year’s Billa Park Simmentals bull sale at Clermont.
The recent rainfall across the region brought increased optimism from the cattle producers present at the sale with lot 1 Billa Park L199 bull reaching $11,000 and selling to W Kettle, Prairie, Capella. The 23-month-old bull weighed 892 kilograms with 10 millimetres of fat on the rump and 8 millimetres of fat on the rib with an Eye Muscle Area of 143 centimetres squared plus scrotal measurement of 39 centimetres.
Top priced bull of the sale came at lot 9 with Billa Park L142 (P) and was bought by Ken and Kerry McKenzie, Yaralla, Blackwater who have previously purchased Billa Park bulls at the Roma sale, but it was the first time they bought at the Clermont Billa Park sale. The well muscled bull was sired by Billa Park Base Sire E1043 and out of Billa Park H77 cow. The 24-month-old sire weighed 970 kilograms with 11 millimetres of fat on the rump and 8 millimetres of fat on the rib and an Eye Muscle Area of 146 centimetres squared plus a scrotal measurement of 42 centimetres.
Agent representing the bull buyers Ross Jorgensen, Landmark said the Billa Park L142 bull will go into the McKenzie family’s commercial herd to go over Droughtmaster females as a terminal sire producing feeder cattle for the feedlot market.
“We inspected the bull six weeks ago and really liked the look of L142 bull,” Mr Jorgensen said.
“The bull had great depth and length plus was a very tidy sire around.”
The bull is headed for the McKenzie family’s Pearl Creek cattle breeding property near Duaringa.
Overall, the sale recorded a price average of $7328 with 30 bulls sold from the 30 offered for a 100 per cent clearance rate. The sale grossed $212,500.
Billa Park Simmentals stud principal Scott York said the Clermont bull sale exceeded his expectations.
“I’m really grateful for all the support we had at this sale from both repeat buyers and good attendance plus support from local cattle producers as well,”: Mr York said.