Strong competition between stud buyers at this year’s Lucrana Simmentals bull sale resulted in a top-price of $32,000 when under bidder Noel Mobbs, Gowrie Gold Park Simmentals, pushed Scott and Claire York, Billa Park Simmentals to the high bull price.
Solid bidding from Queensland and NSW commercial breeders saw the average at $7066 achieved at last Friday’s sale with many beef producers looking to improve their herd’s genetics.
Forty-six bulls sold from the 48 offered to result in a clearance of 96 per cent.
Andrew Moore and Karen Britton, Lucrana Simmentals, Texas, QLD, were very pleased with the sale results.
“It is an exciting time to be involved in the beef industry and it’s pleasing to receive the prices we are achieving,” Mr Moore said. “There has never been a better time to invest in good cattle genetics.”
The bulls offered were by 10 different natural service and artificial insemination sires with over 80pc of the bulls offered being polled.
Scott and Claire York were pleased to end up the successful bidders of Lucrana Legend (P) who is a 924kg son of Lucrana Hunter. The Legend bull will take up residence at the Billa Park Simmental stud at Dulacca, QLD, as the latest addition to their sires and will work within the 400 stud female herd.
“We’re always on the lookout for a dynamic new stud sire,” Mr York said.
“Legend was a standout at the sale for us and the bull ticked all the boxes including great skin, hair type, softness, mobility, polled head and calm temperament.”
Noel Mobbs went on to purchase the second highest price bull, Lucrana Larrikin (P) (ET) (AI) who weighed 910kg and scanned 4.9 intramuscular fat (IMF).
Lucrana Larrikin was a polled ET calf from Lucrana Elsa who is the leading production female in the Lucrana Simmentals stud herd.
Repeat buyer, Chris Strahle, Clerkness, Bundarra, purchased eight bulls to average $6250 and will put them over his commercial Brahman/Charolais cows.
“We’ve been buying Lucrana bulls ever since the first sale because they are good quiet bulls,” Mr Strahle said.
Rocky Crossing Pastoral Company, QLD, purchased five bulls to average $6000.
A first for Lucrana was to offer a line of four yearling Black Simmental bulls from their recently established Black Simmental breeding program. The black bulls averaged $6125.
During the sale a total of 18 heifers sold to an average of $1633.
Auctioneer Robbie Bloch said it was a pleasing sale result with a large number of repeat buyers supporting the sale and coming from all over Queensland plus NSW.
Agents: C.L Squires & Co.