FRAME pattern, growth and performance was a prominent feature at the recent 26th annual DSK Angus and Charolais bull sale held on-property at Rocky Glen.
The Angus bulls sold well with 30 going from 39 offered to a top of $16,000 twice. There was an auction average of $5367.
A number of bulls sold after the auction for an almost full clearance of Angus on the day.
Thirteen Charolais bulls were on offer of which nine cleared for a top price of $5000 and an average of $4222.
DSK YXC New Age N71, a 23 month old, 1142 kilogram Young Dale Xcaliber 32X son was the first to the top price.
Return purchaser, Max Graham, Retreat Pastoral, Goondiwindi, wants to breed better beef.
"We are hoping he will keep the structure going in our program." He said
"He is a beautifully structured bull.
"I would like to congratulate Chris and Helen, they do a great job.
"We are pleased to be supporting them."
Also claiming top price was DSK K21 Next Gen N132, a 21 month old, 1076 kilogram son of DSK SUP Kracker K21.
He was sold through the Auction Plus platform to an undisclosed bidder.
Volume buyer was Jegola Pastoral, Armidale. They took home 12 bulls to a draft average of $4083.
DSK co-principal Chris Knox was very pleased with the numbers that moved.
"People appreciated the cattle for what they were and realise that if they have good cattle at the end of these conditions there will be a lot of money to be made." He said.
"We had a lot of new purchasers, a lot of our usual buyers have sold off their cows but there were enough new buyers turn up to evaluate our cattle.
"People are chasing the raw performance and muscle content and trying maintain carcase quality.
"We feel the traditional style of Canadian Angus suit what we look for. Some of the American lines are a more moderate build.
"We look for skin and hair type in our cattle and see that coming through in our carcase now.
"Any herd is made by the female line, we have stuck with that.
"There has to be a good female before a good bull can happen."
The sale was conducted by Landmark Gunnedah and Purtle Plevey Agencies, Gunnedah with Peter Godbolt manning the rostrum.