BOOROOMOOKA Angus celebrated 93 years of breeding with a drought defying sale gross of $1.96M at their annual on-property bull sale held near Bingara last Friday.
The Munro family welcomed 186 registered bidders from all states and territories to their “Keera” station selling complex, to clear all 217 Angus bulls for a sale average of $9036 and a sale high of $28,000.
Booroomooka Marscay M570, a Te Mania Emperor E343 son attracted the most attention selling to Tim Reid, Melon Pastoral Company, through Landmark Goulburn for $28,000.
The rising-two-year-old bull was purchased in partnership with a Victorian stud breeder.
Measuring in the top one per cent for gestation length, 200-, 400- and 600-day weight and all four selection indexes the young sire weighed 774 kilograms and measured 41 centimeters in the scrotal.
Kevin and Tracy Owen from Tomasi Grazing, Karridale Western Australia, flew across and secured Booroomooka Might and Power M14 in partnership with fellow Western Australian producers, Matt and Felicity Della Gola, Tonebridge Grazing for $25,000.
The 28-month old PA Full Power son weighed 916 kilograms and measured 44 centimeters in the scrotal.
The first time buyers have been following the Booroomooka breeding program for some time and were particularly drawn to the bull’s female line, Booroomooka Volition C11, noted as a proven performer and complete out-cross for the two commercial operations.
Tomasi Grazing join 400 pure Angus females annually and sell their females, last year topping the Springer (Heifer) Sale at $3650.
“We want to build our her numbers and this bull’s thickness, power and softness through the shoulder will fit our operation really well” said Mr Owen.
Tonebridge Grazing have a 2500 head mixed breed commercial operation and will get the benefit of M14 first as they calve early before Tomasi, who starts calving 1st March.
AAA Pastoral Company, Warragal, Victoria secured 27 bulls from the Booroomooka draft to average $10,185
Their first time to the NSW stud, the commercial Angus operation were chasing new genetic lines after destocking their current bull herd.
Bull selection was based on high marbling, low birth weight and high growth rates to send steers off at 400 kilograms to feedlots and the export market, the company retain all their females.
AAA Pastoral Company only recently moved to a pure Angus operation back in 2016 to meet market demand and selected to use Booroomooka bulls based on their proven performance to breed on.
Auctioneer, Luke Scicluna, Davidson and Cameron, Gunnedah praised the exception sale result as above expectation.
“With the current seasonal conditions, it was a testament to the Munro’s breeding program to witness the support from return clients”
“Interstate support was also a strong economic driver in this year’s sale too and goes to show that Booroomooka bulls are breeding on”
Settling agents were Davidson Cameron and Co, with Luke Scicluna, Daniel McCulloch and Tom Tanner selling the entire draft in 2 hours and 45 minutes.