The Rockhampton Brahman Week bull sale at the Central Queensland Livestock Exchange, Gracemere, was a vendors’ bonanza, with bulls selling to a top price of $100,000, followed by $72,500 twice, at the time of publication.
Over the first two days of the sale 562 bulls sold for an average of $9900.
The $100,000 top-priced bull so far was the grey bull Clukan Axel 333/7 offered by Steve and Theresa Taylor, from Jambin, Qld, and sold to Kelvin and Libby Harriman, GI Brahmans, Muttaburra, Qld.
The Harrimans, along with Kelvin’s parents Ron and Grace, have been breeding polled Brahmans for more than 30 years, and had been looking for a top quality sire.
“His figures are exceptional and we will initially use him by artificial insemination,” Kelvin Harriman said.
The $72,500 second top price headline act was shared by John Kirk and family, Carinya Brahmans, Gayndah, Qld, and Ashley Sommerfield, Brahrock Ashley stud, Maryborough, Qld.
The 32-month-old Brahrock Ashley Sir Brandon, a son of US sire JHD Sir Hudson Manso, was secured by Stewart and Tom Nobbs, Yoman Brahman, Moura, Qld.
After his buying spree, Mr Nobbs said they had bought Brahrock bloodlines for more than 30 years and they had worked very well for them and they really liked the bull.
It was a similar sentiment when the 23-month-old-sire Carinya Chevy, a son of Carinya Jigsaw, entered the ring and sold to Owen and Lee Scott, Ruan Grazing, Clermont, Qld.
Chevy weighed 915 kilograms and had an eye muscle area of 142 centimetres squared.
Australian Brahman Breeders Association general manager, Anastasia Fanning, said the overall result was exceptional.
Mrs Fanning said the general feeling before the sale was positive even though vendors had the drought in the back of their minds, with such a large area of the country affected.
Red Brahmans so far have reached a $71,000 top for Yoman 2792/6 offered by Stewart and Stephanie Nobbs, Yoman Brahmans, Moura, Qld, and averaged $11,284 at time of print.