Yulgilbar Santa Gertrudis stud, Upper Clarence, sold to $30,000 and grossed as much as last year with less cattle sold.
The 58 stud bulls averaged $7465 with an average of $6927 across all 76 bulls sold with Innes Fahey taking the bids. Ten Sangus sold to an average of $5100. Four bulls were passed in.
Females went to a top of $10,000 for a poll Santa while first cross Sangus heifers in calf were taken for $1280 – 2020 to average $1710.
Total gross of a million dollars income equaled last year’s result but with 150 fewer female lots, leading Yulgilbar manager Rob Sinnamon to comment that this year’s production sale – the first in Yulgilbar’s dedicated selling facility – was a resounding success.
Mr Sinnamon’s confidence in Yulgilbar’s genetic program was borne out with the top bid of $30,000 going to lot 6 Yulgilbar Las Vegas L126 (poll) by Yarrawonga Drover from Yulgilbar H137 with the successful buyer being Riverina Santas – Mr Sinnamon’s own stud located at ‘Mayfield’ Kyogle.
“I went to the Ekka and couldn’t find anything better than what we create through our own breeding program,” he said. “If I don’t have confidence in what we do I shouldn’t be here.”
Second priced bull Yulgilbar Lonestar L010 (poll) by Yarrawonga Drover sold for $28,000 to repeat buyer Craig Ross, Nebo Qld.
Glen Yates, Tyndale Santa stud at Nanango, Qld successfully bid $20,000 for the poll Yugilbar Ledger L084 by Tookey Creek Geronomo G38.
Volume buyers the Hughes family from Wanaaring on the Paroo purchased 10 herd bulls and requested Yulgilbar Station to keep them for three months until their season turns. The repeat buyers topped their bidding at $8000 for the poll Yulgilbar Los Angeles L004 by Yarrawonga Drover.
Tim Kirwood family trust, Clermont Qld bought three bulls to a top of $11,000 for Riverina Longreach by Talgai Hurricane.
Online bidding made an impact with the purchase of Yulgilbar Limited Edition L180 by Yulgilbar Governor G038 going to Yarrawonga Cattle Company, Wallumbilla Qld, through Elite Livestock for $10,000.
Twin brothers Kevin and Ray Ellevsen, Ideal Santas Woodenbong, paid $9000 for Yulgilbar Liberal L22 by Talgai Hurricane.
Leading lights in the Santa cross Hereford job were there to buy bulls, like the Smith family Upper Tooloom, with Jamie and Vanessa securing two, including Yulgilbar Levi L1220 by Rosevale Noddy for $6000. Jamie’s parent’s Jim and Jan successfully bid on herd bull Yulgilbar Layman for $5500.
Jason Somerville’s Figtree Pastoral, Clovass via Lismore bought five Santa bulls paying up to $5000 for poll herd sire Yulgilbar Lucas L1228 by Rosevale Noddy D216. He will use them over Hereford cows to produce the kind of first cross weaners that are performing particularly well in 100 day feedlot trials.
Tony Hart, Plain Station Tabulam, bought two bulls to a top of $6000 for Yulgilbar Landsborough L090 by Tookey Creek Geronomo G36 which will serve a mixed female herd that started as Hereford before crossing with Brahman then Angus. Nowadays Santas are delivering the right product.
Bob Davies, Jackadgery, where the Mann meets the Clarence, bought Yulgilbar Lumberjack by Hardigreen Park Nautilus for $5000.
Dulverton Angus sires over Yulgilbar herd cows sold as Sangus to a top of $7000 to Hanging Rock Station, Cangai whose new manager is seeking to build things up.
Female stud Santas sold to a top of $10,000 for Lot 95 Yulgilbar Lana by Hardigreen Park Nautilus in calf to Cardona Patterson, a might bull bought by Yulgilbar last year for $52,000. Lana sold to repeat buyers Seawright Investments, Clermont, Qld, who also purchased the only other Santa female – Lina by Yarrawonga Drover in calf to lot one Yulgilbar Lawman who went to Charles Harris, Birdwood SA, for $9500.
Yulgilbar manager Rob Sinnamon commented to the crowd ahead of the sale that the operation’s confidence in the future of beef was reflected in their decision to build the $600,000 selling facility – the biggest project on the property since the rebuilding of Ogilvie’s Yulgilbar Castle in the 1960s.
“Why Because we have a confidence in our genetics and in our team and we have confidence in the future of the cattle industry,” he said, highlighting Yulgilbar’s ‘consistency of draft’ that this year had an increase in average eye muscle area and scrotal circumference.