Bongongo Angus sell to $18,000 top

Bongongo bulls averaged $9030, one of the best results for their Autumn sale

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Bill and Shauna Graham, Bongongo Angus, Coolac with Paul and Rachel Graham, Coolac, purchasers of the top-priced bull, Bongongo P421. Photo supplied.

Bill and Shauna Graham, Bongongo Angus, Coolac with Paul and Rachel Graham, Coolac, purchasers of the top-priced bull, Bongongo P421. Photo supplied.

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Coolac stud clears all 35 bulls on offer.

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Bongongo Angus, Coolac sold all 35 bulls offered for a top price of $18,000 and an average of $9030, one of the best averages recorded for their Autumn sale.

Stud principal, Bill Graham said they were thrilled with the result which saw strong support from local repeat buyers and AuctionsPlus bidders.

"The low-birth weight bulls with good carcase figures were in extremely high demand which is a great sign that people are looking to enter into a herd rebuilding phase," Mr Graham said.

The top-priced bull, Bongongo P421, sold to Paul and Rachel Graham, Adjungbilly for $18,000.

"He's a super-quiet individual by a super-quiet American sire, Baldridge Bronc, which we used on the recommendation of Elders auctioneer Steve Ridley," Bill Graham said.

"Steve was on a beef study tour of America three years ago and said he was the best bull he saw."

P421 was one of three Baldridge Bronc sons in the sale. They sold for an average of $12,667.

Baldridge Bronc was a son of EF Commando who also sired Paratrooper P15 who made a record-price of $160,000 at Millah Murrah last year.

Mr Graham said Bongongo P241 was a well-fleshed and well-structured bull.

"A 50 per cent semen share was retained by Bongongo Angus," Mr Graham said.

The rising two-year-old sale topper had an eye muscle area value of +11.1 and rib and rump values of +3.0 and +2.9.

The second-highest priced bull was Bongongo P390 who also sold to Paul and Rachel Graham for $17,000.

"He ticked all the boxes with his estimated breeding values, had great shape and he was picked out as Lot 1 by us, so was a stand out in phenotype and had the genotype to match," Bill Graham said.

He was sired by Clunie Range Legend L348 and was out of Bongongo M564.

"Clunie Range is a highly credentialed sire and he's worked very well in this herd," Mr Graham said.

"There's a fair few of his genetics around now and he's creating strong interest."

P390 had a carcase weight of +76, 200-day growth of +56, 400-day growth of +100 and 600-day growth of +136.

Purchaser, Paul Graham said they took the opportunity to buy two very well balanced bulls with proven sires that fit the type.

"It's the dream of every commercial operation to have bulls like that come through your herd," Mr Graham said.

"They had a structure that was close to perfect and beautiful softness."

He said they aimed to breed consistent lines of what he called FFF cattle - functional, fertile and feminine.

"We run AI programs to produce a line of females that are consistent in type," he said.

Bill Graham said around 90 per cent of buyers were repeat clients.

New bidders, Phil and Paula Alcorn, Harden purchased three bulls, as did the Boyd family of Tumut and Beggan Beggan Pastoral, Harden.

David Graham Trust, Coolac took home three bulls as well.

The sale was a Helmsman style selling system conducted by Elders and interfaced by AuctionsPlus. Steve Ridley, Elders took the bids.

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