Bannaby Angus bulls average $6706

Bannaby Angus 2019 Sale tops at $10,000 for a Reality son


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Top priced bull, Bannaby Reality P53 with Elders auctioneer Steve Ridley, representative for purchaser Helen Stone, Elders agent, Michael Coggan, Maureen and Keith Kerridge of Bannaby Angus and Landmark auctioneer Tim Woodham.

Top priced bull, Bannaby Reality P53 with Elders auctioneer Steve Ridley, representative for purchaser Helen Stone, Elders agent, Michael Coggan, Maureen and Keith Kerridge of Bannaby Angus and Landmark auctioneer Tim Woodham.

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An even draft leads to a clearance rate of 94%

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An even draft of bulls saw Bannaby Angus achieve an average of $6706 for the 34 bulls sold of 36 offered at their 2019 Annual Bull Sale.

The Taralga stud's sale topped at $10,000 with 14 bulls selling for more than $8000 and a clearance rate of 94 per cent.

Stud principal, Keith Kerridge said it was a sensational sale for them given the season.

"The last pen was nearly as good as the first pen so we knew it was going to be good but in this sort of environment you don't know who's out there that has the grass to feed them," Mr Kerridge said.

"It does reflect the amount of work we've put into the genetics, we've bought a lot of top quality cows over the last eight years and that takes a while to feed through to the system."

The top bull, 16-month-old Bannaby Reality P53, was sired by Matauri Reality 839 and was out of Bannaby Dream J149.

The top bull, 16-month-old Bannaby Reality P53, was sired by Matauri Reality 839 and was out of Bannaby Dream J149.

The top bull was 16-month-old Bannaby Reality P53, sired by Matauri Reality 839 and out of Bannaby Dream J149.

The bull was bought by Helen Stone of Eubindal, Yass, one of five purchases she made on the day.

Bannaby Reality P53 had a scrotal circumference of +2.9, a growth rate of +148 for 600 day growth and +79 for carcase weight.

Mrs Stone said she thought the Reality son was one of the best bulls in the draft, not only because of his impressive genetics but because of his structure and temperament.

Mr Kerridge said the top bull's dam, Bannaby Dream J149, was an Aberdeen daughter out of Vermont Dream B227, an Australian record priced cow.

"She is actually better than her mother, she's a fantastic cow and she flushes really well," Mr Kerridge said.

"We've got a lot of embryos in the can and they'll be coming through in the next few years which is very exciting."

Mount David Agriculture managers Lance Bonham and David Taylor with their Landmark agent, Bill Gilbert and one of their ten purchases of the day, Bannaby Reality N165, which they bought for $8500.

Mount David Agriculture managers Lance Bonham and David Taylor with their Landmark agent, Bill Gilbert and one of their ten purchases of the day, Bannaby Reality N165, which they bought for $8500.

The volume buyer of the day was Mount David Agriculture, who bought a total of ten bulls between their two properties at Mount David and Rockley.

Mount David Agriculture Manager, Lance Bonham said the company run a commercial Angus herd and the Bannaby bulls were their first choice because they fitted the herd's genetics.

"We class the bulls on what we see as right for the job, whether they be a low birth weight bull for heifers or a herd bull to breed calves," Mr Bonham said.

"We sell some of our calves as vealers, some will be grown out and sent to the feedlots and the heifers we keep as replacements to build up the female numbers."

There were 14 withdrawals from the catalogue prior to the sale with one bull being retained by the stud.

The sale was conducted by Elders and Landmark agents.

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