Three bulls, including the top price sire, from the Turanville Shorthorn sale held at Scone last Thursday were bound for King Island, capping off a successful Helmsman auction.
The Robertson family sold 21 of 23 bulls to average $6666 and top at $11,0000 with the remaining two lots sold afterwards.
Peter and Jim MacCallum of MacCallum Livestock, Scone, were the successful purchasers of the top priced bull, Turanville Oscar P165, sired by the Grove K0749 from Turanville Eclipse H127.
The bull appealed to many on sale day for his medium maturity pattern, depth of muscling and soft fat cover, with a good balance to his fertility and carcase trait figures in Breedplan.
The MacCallums selected three bulls in total at an average of $8666, to send to their King Island property to be joined with Limousin blood cows.
The second top price of $9000 was reached five times on the day.
Rob and Camilla Cropper, Greenhills, Quirindi secured Turanville Oscar P135 along with a second bull, selected to use on heifers for their strongly positive calving ease figures and both having above average IMF.
Other successful purchasers at $9000 included the Laurie Family, Kerry Downs Partnership, Marion Corbett Cataneal Partnership, and Ian and Cheryl Higgins Coolongolook.
Also at $9000 was Turanville Minister Q27, the top yearling bull in the sale, to the Munro family, Weebollabolla, Moree.
Q27 boasted an IMF figure double the breed average at +1.4 with strong growth figures, scrotal and positive calving ease.
Stirling Fergusson and family, Moreton Bay Shorthorns, continued their longstanding support being the volume purchaser taking home four sires with a top of $6000 for a son of the successful Turanville Bonecrusher H102.
This highly regarded herd will again be presenting their annual draft of Shorthorn females carrying Turanville blood at the upcoming Dunedoo Breeders Sale.
Other successful multiple bull purchasers were Margaret Carter, Woollooma via Scone and the Webb families from Tarana.
With a very strong return buyers bench, the bulls will be heading to Glen Innes in the north and as far as Tasmania in the south.
The sale was conducted by Turanville Partnership with Stuart Sheldrake chalking the board for the Helmsman auction.