Kilburnie Angus held its annual bull sale at Straban, Walcha on Friday.
Local interest was strong with registered bidders being from the local surrounding areas including Armidale, Glen Innes, Tamworth. One bidder arrived from Victoria and successfully purchasing 24-month-old Murray Twinhearts P54 for $6000.
Kilburnie stud principal David Murray, was pleased with the local support from both new and repeat buyers and the best weather the bull sale had ever had, he was proud of the line up of bulls on offer.
Walcha has been decimated by drought but the stud still sold 29 bulls of the 53 offered for a 55 per cent clearance, with a $4758 average and top of $7500.
After the sale closed a further bull was sold updating the clearance to 56 pc and average to $4767.
The Helmsman style auction was supported by AuctionPlus with one bull heading to Walcha through the online platform.
The $7500 top-priced bull was 24-month-old Murray Lotto N20 who was purchased by Joanne Gowen, Gowen family estates, Barrakee, Uralla. Sired by Esslemont Lotto L3 and out of Murray Grando J81. N20 was in the top one pc for all selection indexes, weighing in at 846 kilograms with a scrotal circumference of 42 centimeters,
The Gowen family purchased three more bulls to complete their draft and to become the bulk buyer of the day. Their draft averaged $6000 with the top of $7500.
The family has been purchasing from Kilburnie for over two decades for their commercial Angus operation.
The sale was conducted by Landmark Walcha.
Read the full report in next weeks edition of The Land