Franco Herefords set $10,000 top

Franco Herefords hit $10,000 top at annual bull sale

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The $10,000 top price bull that sold to Ironbark Herefords, Barraba on Friday. Photo: Franco Herefords

The $10,000 top price bull that sold to Ironbark Herefords, Barraba on Friday. Photo: Franco Herefords

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The sale held near Casino last Friday attracted a pleasing result.

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The $10,000 top price bull of the Franco Hereford sale is bound for stud sire duties capping off a successful on-property auction near Casino last Friday.

Vendor Brett Harrigan sold 24 of the 27 bulls under the hammer to average $5416.

The proven pedigree of Franco Paint the Town Red P145 attracted Adrian Spencer and family, Ironbark Herefords, Barraba, to pay $10,000 through George and Fuhrmann agent Darren Perkins.

The 26-month-old horned bull was a son of the $45,000 Batallion Black Hawk K7 and out of Franco Ruth J516 who went to back to the Ironbark Neon bloodline.

His estimated breeding values and selection indexes were equally impressive including a Southern Baldy Maternal Index of +$201.

Purchaser Adrian Spencer was a return client for Franco and had plenty of confidence in his new purchase having seen the proven performance of Batallion Black Hawk progeny before.

"His selection indexes were tremendous but I also bought him on the strength of that Batallion Black Hawk line," he said.

"We have used him with a lot of success and so I tend to follow the sire lines that breed well.

"He is out of an Ironbark bred cow and I've got a lot of confidence there too."

In the pre-sale catalogue introduction vendor Brett Harrigan said the Franco cattle were trending towards high intramuscular fat figures.

Due to drought their numbers were down but the offering featured their best bulls.

The sale offering featured progeny by Black Hawk, the $19,000 Mawarra Explosive and Warwick Court Glebe.

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