THE first Queensland based on-property bull sale was a resounding success for Andrew Moore and Karen Britton of Lucrana Simmentals, Texas, Queensland, last Friday.
A 98 per cent clearance was achieved, selling 46 bulls to a top of $11,000 and $7815 average.
One of the highlights was the uniformity of the sale draft which was reflected in the prices with most of the first run of bulls selling for $9000 and the overall average up $1469 on last year’s result.
Seven extra bulls were also sold this time around.
Their buying gallery was dominated by commercial beef producers looking to improve carcase qualities and the overall softness of the herds.
Bill and Vicki Braun, Coomoo Coomoo, Quirindi, were typical of their return clients.
The Braun family paid the $11,000 top money for Lucrana Kendall (P), a heavily muscled, 850 kilogram son of Lucrana Piermont, which scanned 4.5 for intramuscular fat (IMF) percentage.
The family intend to use Lucrana Kendall over high grade grey Brahman breeders in an aim to increase the weight and softness of the progeny as well as improve carcase quality.
Included in the local strong return buyer clientele were Dennis Rush, J H Holdings, Texas, QLD, who took away 13 bulls for a $8385 average.
Mr Rush paid $10,000 for Lucrana K136 (P) a long-bodied, deep flanked son of Lucrana Dawson.
Another Texas client, Patrick Gay, Craigie Station, bought four bulls for a $7750 average and paid up to $9000 on three occasions.
Interstate regular buyer was Chris Strahle, who manages Clerkness Pastoral Company, Bundarra, for the Sutton family bought a pair of quality younger bulls for a $7750 average.
Mr Strahle said they based their selections on moderate-framed, heavily muscled bulls with good coverage to use over Droughtmaster/Hereford and Santa Gertrudis/Hereford cross cows.
Lucrana Simmentals co-princpal Andrew Moore said he thought the sale result was where it should be given the buoyant cattle market and was extremely pleased with the return buyer turnout.
“We were extremely happy with the result of the sale and this year a majority of the bulls went to return buyers – that was very pleasing,” Mr Moore said.
“It is to my understanding that those return clients were chasing the softer Simmental bulls we are renowned for.”
Selling agents for the sale were C L Squires & Co, Inverall, with Robbie Bloch on the rostrum.
Peter Lowe, The Land
Caption: Karen Britton, Lucrana Simmentals, Texas, with buyer Bill Braun, Coomoo Coomoo, Quirindi, who paid the $11,000 top money for Lucrana Kendall (P).