Cascade achieves stud best sale result

Cascade Angus and Poll Herefords hit $24,000 high price

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Davidson Cameron and Co agent Chris Gooch in action during the Cascade Angus and Poll Hereford sale at Currabubula on Wednesday.

Davidson Cameron and Co agent Chris Gooch in action during the Cascade Angus and Poll Hereford sale at Currabubula on Wednesday.

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Buyers from Birdsville in Queensland down to Tasmania were chasing bulls.

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They were hailed the best bulls ever offered by Cascade Angus and Poll Hereford stud and they didn't disappoint on Wednesday.

A buyers gallery of at least 70 registered bidders packed the grandstands where the entire draft averaged $9207.

The $24,000 top price bull with stud principal Jack Smith, auctioneer Paul Dooley and Davidson Cameron and Co agent Scott Newberry.

The $24,000 top price bull with stud principal Jack Smith, auctioneer Paul Dooley and Davidson Cameron and Co agent Scott Newberry.

The Currabubula-based stud attracted interest from as far as Birdsville in Queensland and Triabunna in Tasmania with the strong support reflected in the frenzy of bidding action during the on-property sale.

All but one of the 33 Herefords sold under the hammer for an $8781 average and $24,000 top with the remaining bull quickly snapped up post auction. The entire draft of 30 Angus bulls were cleared to average $9655 and top at $16,000.

A strong crowd of buyers were in attendance.

A strong crowd of buyers were in attendance.

Stud manager Jack Smith said they were the best bulls they had ever put up and the evenness of the draft had attracted plenty of attention.

"It would have to be one of our best averages overall," he said.

The first sons of the $24,000 Injemira Anzac H006 L055 were in hot demand with 15 of his progeny averaging $9333.

Tasmanian buyers David and Beverley Bresnehan of Greenwood Herefords were assisted by Nutrien agent Tim Woodham to win a fast-paced bidding war for his first son and top price bull, Cascade Anzac P162.

The $16,000 top price Angus bull with Cascade's Todd Aitken, auctioneer Paul Dooley and Davidson Cameron and Co agent Scott Newberry.

The $16,000 top price Angus bull with Cascade's Todd Aitken, auctioneer Paul Dooley and Davidson Cameron and Co agent Scott Newberry.

The rising two-year-old weighed 992 kilograms with a 130 square centimetre eye muscle area, P8 and rib fat depths of 22 and 14mm and a raw intramuscular fat of 7.2 per cent.

He was also top one per cent for 400-day and 600-day weights, top five per cent for 200-day and scrotal, top 10 per cent for EMA and top 15 per cent for IMF.

He had been used as yearling last spring and it was his overall softness, thickness and skin type that met the breeding program of the Bresnehans.

All eyes were on the bidding around the sale ring.

All eyes were on the bidding around the sale ring.

Their herd of 45 stud females and 80 commercials are joined in June and again in October, with the Cascade bull to be used in the stud herd.

"I mainly breed bulls for my own use to breed top quality females," Mr Bresnehan said.

"That's my focus is mainly on the females."

Commenting on the increasing number of Tasmanian buyers at recent stud sales, he said many were chasing different bloodlines with size and weight for age.

The Angus bulls achieved a very strong average.

The Angus bulls achieved a very strong average.

In the Angus draft it was Knockbreak Partnership, Eidsvold, Queensland, who paid $16,000 for Cascade Cowboy Up P7 by American sire HA Cowboy Up 5405 and out of Cascade Wick K7.

Weighing 1032 kilograms with an eye muscle area of 135 square centimetres, the 28-month-old had good estimated breeding values from birth to 600-day weight and was positive for calving ease.

Buyers were spread from Queensland to Tasmania.

Buyers were spread from Queensland to Tasmania.

The support of repeat client Okeview Pastoral, Collector and Wagga Wagga, was invaluable with their 12 purchases averaging $7916 and topping at $12,000 for Cascade Anzac P126.

Wayne Perich of Leppington Pastoral Company was also a major buying force and secured five Angus bulls for Billabong Station at West Wyalong averaging $10,000.

It was one of Cascade's best results.

It was one of Cascade's best results.

Crossing Herefords and Angus on the 30,000 acre beef and cropping enterprise, Mr Perich was selecting for ease of calving, 600-day weight and scrotum size for management and fertility reasons.

He admitted he spent about $2000 more for bulls than normal but expected the price rise given the strength of the cattle market.

"We were selling to Coles' grassfed market but I'm not sure if the prices will be good enough this year so we may change," he said.

"We kept all of our breeder herd through the drought. We had enough silage on farm to get them through but we were on our last legs."

Queenslander Geoff Hartwig, Calrossie, Eidsvold, made his fifth trek to the Cascade sale to bolster his sire battery with four head averaging $11,000.

The quality kept him coming back with 'old fashioned' traits of bone and length his main focus.

"They used to be really good value but now everyone wants them," he said.

"They handle that Burnett country.

"We have basically got a Droughtmaster Hereford herd of cows and we maintain a Hereford herd on one side and then we use the Angus crossbred back over the Droughtie Hereford cow. We added Droughtmasters probably 12 years ago."

More than 30 buyers were successful on the day with bulls bound for local areas including Werris Creek, Loomberah, Curlewis, Barraba, Tamworth, Armidale, Duri, Quirindi, Narrabri, Dundee, Gunnedah, Guyra, Somerton, Nemingha and down to Wyalong, Cootamundra and Wagga Wagga.

Some were headed north to Birdsville, Taroom and Eidsvold in Queensland and south to Bairnsdale in Victoria and also Tasmania.

The sale was conducted by Davidson Cameron and Co with Paul Dooley as auctioneer.

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