Santa Gertrudis bulls sold to a top price of $26,000 with 21 of 26 lots averaging $6905 at the 10th annual Rockingham stud on-property sale at Tara, Lake Cargelligo, last Thursday.
The auction sold 19 Rockingham bulls to average $7105 for Phillip and Judy Hague and son, Dean, and two Denngal bulls topping at $6000 to average $5000 for Dennis and Greg Moxey and families, Denngal stud, Jemalong near Forbes.
Sale-topper was the 26-month-old polled son of Rockingham Joker J100 weighing 982 kilograms, Rockingham Moonshine, purchased by Ian Walker, Strathmore Santa Gertrudis stud, Ravensbourne Station, Blackall, Queensland.
Mr Walker said Moonshine was a beautifully covered bull full of beef characteristics.
“He has a good temperament and will be used for stud duties within the 700 breeder stud herd,” Mr Walker said. “He has a lot of power and is not over prepared.”
Mr Walker also paid $9500 for 27-month-old Rockingham Majestic, by Bullamakinka K32 weighing 860kg. The Bullamakinka sire was purchased by the Hague family for $17,000 in 2015.
Charlie Clemson of Maroobee Station, Condobolin, returned and bought two bulls paying to $9000 equal second top price for Rockingham Monty, sired by Goolagong G034 weighing 774kg at 25 months. The bull’s dam, eight-year-old Rockingham F7 by Munnabah 400 had six calves within seven days each year.
Mr Clemson’s other purchase was the $5000 Rockingham M128 by Drensmaine Adonis 243 weighing 752kg at 24 months.
The Hague family of Stobhall, Hillston, bought two bulls, the polled sire Rockingham Monopoly by the Bullamakinka sire weighing 808kg at 26 months and $4500 for a son of Drensmaine Adonis 243.
John Fuge of Lake Cargelligo, bought two bulls paying to $5000 for a son of Rockingham Joker J100.
Major buyer was Romeo Roxas of Australian Green Properties, Epemarra Station, Tennant Creek, Northern Territory, a regular purchaser who secured eight bulls for a $4700 average, topping at $6000 for Rockingham M42, by Warrillee 120, weighing 672kg at 26 months.
Rockingham stud heifers were in demand with 21 selling to $1400 and averaging $1284. Twelve of them were sold to Mick Neville, Cowra, at $1250 while the top pen sold through AuctionsPlus who also bought the top-priced pen of commercial heifers with calves at foot at $1300 a unit.
The sale of the commercial females from Rockingham and also Budda Pastoral and the bulls was conducted by Landmark Russell, Cobar, with John Settree, Landmark Dubbo, the auctioneer.