The 10th annual Knowla Livestock sale was once again an outstanding result for the Laurie family of Moppy near Gloucester, with a 100 per cent clearance.
All 70 Angus bull offered were sold to a top of $18,000, to average a solid $8028.
Given the widespread drought across the state, Knowla stud principals James and Ted Laurie, were delighted with the sale.
Five bulls sold to stud buyers, including the $18,000 top-priced bull, Knowla Monty M186 (AI), purchased by Glenisa Angus of Stanthorpe, Queensland.
The 23-month-old son of Dunoon Highpoint H744 (AI) from Knowla Panda H119 weighed 932 kilograms with a measurement of 47 centimetres in the scrotal circumference. It had estimated breeding values in the top one pc of the breed for 200-, 400- and 600-day weights, and was in the top 10pc for the Angus Breeding Index.
Highpoint H744 sons proved to be in high demand, with another two sons making the equal second top-price of $14,000. Knowla Monty M88 (AI) was secured by Darryl Johnston, Gloucester River, while Penny O’Meara, Paterson River Beef, bought Knowla Monty M184 (APR) (AI).
Another Highpoint H744 son, Knowla Monty M170 (AI), from Knowla Adelaide G74 (AI), was purchased for $13,000 by Joe Berry of Buri West.
The largest volume buyer was Plumthorpe Pastoral from Barraba, who purchased a draft of ten bulls to a top of $12,000 for Knowla Major M154, and an average of $9200.
Other multiple purchasers were; Tisch Partnership, Werris Creek, who secured six bull for a top of $12,000 for Knowla Mandella M121 (AI), and John Stidolph, Buladelah and Waukivory, purchased three light birth weight, calving ease bulls for an average of $10,000.
Farrer Angus, Tamworth, bought two bulls in the top 5pc of the breed for the Angus Breeding Index. These were Knowla Mandella M113 (AI) for $10,000 and Knowla Nambour N24 for $12,000.
Knowla co-principal James Laurie, said good long-term repeat clients were able to get some high quality bulls at affordable prices.
All 106 un-joined Angus yearling heifers offered on the day were sold to average $1050.
Mark and Wendy Vaile, Taree, and Mill Creek Angus, Stroud, both paid the equal top price of $1250.
The sale was conducted by Elders Walcha with Paul Dooley, Tamworth, taking bids as the auctioneer.