Rayleigh held their tenth annual sale at Burren Junction on Friday, which saw an average of $5500 for their bull offering and one sire reach $12,000.
The interest was strong with the stud selling 18 bulls from 26 for a 69 per cent clearance rate at auction and a further four selling afterwards. The stud heifers on offer saw nine of 12 sold to average $1270 with a top of $1750.
Rayleigh stud principal Jeff Holcombe advised they had produced the best line of bulls in the worst season. Mr Holcombe was very pleased with the sale results and thanked new and repeat buyers.
The top price bull was 25-month-old Rayleigh Nile N052, a son of Bowen Calibre K207 from a daughter of Yavenvale Benchmark B278 he was secured by Tom Lyons, Parmedman Pastoral Co, Gulargambone.
Mr Lyons had been chasing the Calibre lines having also secured a Calibre son from Rayleigh at the recent Dubbo Hereford National show and sale.
"The Calibre genetics are strong with good length and strong back line, depth and muscle," he said.
Bowen Calibre K207, purchased at the 2016 Bowen annual sale for $70,000, was well represented at the sale, with all seven of his sons selling for an average of $7570.
The second top price bull was the 25-month-old Rayleigh Nigel N079, who was purchased online through Auctions Plus for $9000.
Bulk buyers on the day were Jeff Tyme, Widgeon, Coonamble, Stuart Russ, Bathurst, Bruce Kirby, Koiwon, Bellata and Hornet Bank Pastoral Co, Taroom, Queensland who all purchased three lots at auction.
Rayleigh stud principal Sarah Holcombe said she was humbled by the trust in their breeding program.
"We have been really focusing on breeding commercially relevant bulls, that are easy doing and will go out and perform under a variety of conditions," she said.
The sale was conducted by Landmark Narrabri, with online support from Auction Plus with John Settree as auctioneer.
Read the full report in next week's edition of The Land.