At the recent Rockingham Santa Gertrudis bull sale, Phillip and Judy Hague along with guest vendors, sold 39 of the 40 bulls offered to a top of $20,000 and averaging $6200.
Two hundred and ninty-seven commercial cattle were also told averaging $1378. Normally the sale would be held at Tara Station, Euabalong, but due to the extremely wet conditions, the venue was moved to Condobolin sale yards.
The $20,000 top-price bull, Kiacatoo (P), reserve senior champion at Sydney Royal 2016, was purchased by Andrew and Angela Doering, Spring Creek Santa Gertrudis stud, Moree.
Kiacatoo, at 27-months, weighed 926 kilograms and had an eye muscle area (EMA) of 129 centimetres squared and scrotal circumference of 37.5 centimetres.
Bevan and Maree Pearce, Bendalla Santa Gertrudis, Longreach, Queensland, purchased three bulls to a top of $16,000 on their way to an average of $10,000. Wayne Doyle of Condobolin purchased four bulls to an average of $7875
Guest vendors, the Moxey family, sold Denngal Knock-Out for $10,000 to Peter and Mandy Linton, Seymour Vale stud, South Australia.
Other guest vendors, the Carter family of Birrimba stud, Nyngan, sold two bulls to a $6000 high and averaged $5000.
Volume buyers, Australian Green Properties, Cobar, purchased 10 bulls for their Northern Territory station to an average of $4000.
Pregnancy tested in calf (PTIC) heifers made up to $2050, purchased by account Rob Booth, Lake Cargelligo. Unjoined heifers returned $1550 to account the Smith family Condobolin. Wearner Santa cross cattle sold to Budda Tilpa, making close to $5 per kilogram.
“Despite the rain and move to the sale yards, the sale was still very successful,” Phillip Hague, Rockingham stud principal said.
The sale was conducted by Landmark Russell, Cobar with John Settree, Landmark stud stock taking the bids.