Hazeldean has ended their prolific bull selling season on a high, achieving a top price of $22,000 and an average of $10,910 at their on-property Cooma sale on Thursday.
The Litchfield family offered up 89 bulls on the day, all of which were highly sought after by a very-strong crowd who braced the wind to attend.
The top-priced bull, Hazeldean P361, was snapped up by Indian Creek Pastoral, Tumut.
The sale-topper was a sire the Litchfields were reluctant to part with, the two-year-old only subbed in from the 'keeper pen' after a withdrawal.
He was by Ardrossan Justice NAQJ93 and out of a Hazeldean Jaipur J140 daughter.
The heaviest bull of the draft, tipping the scales at 956kg, he had an eye-muscle area estimated breeding value of +7.8 and scrotal of +3.3.
Hazeldean's Bea Bradley Litchfield said he had been semen collected and they would look to use him in their program.
"He's just an absolute stand-out phenotypically, I was a little hesitant to sell him but he's gone to a good home and will do well there," she said.
Two bulls went under the hammer for $17,000. The first, Hazeldean P459 was bought by the Pollard family of Book Book.
The sire was also out of a Hazeldean Jaipur J140 daughter and was by LD Capitalist 316. He showed off great calving ease and growth figures, with a carcase weight value of +86 and calving ease direct of +11.4.
The second $17,000 bull was Hazeldean P152, a son of Hazeldean Jaipur J140 and out of a maiden Double Vision daughter.
He was purchased by Peter Voss, Three Creeks, Braidwood and had nearly straight fives on his structural data with a great temperament.
Volume buyers included the Power family, Wagga Wagga and Rob Whiteley, Cudgewa North, Vic, both who purchased five bulls.
Local buyers were very active on the day and clients also travelled from the Riverina, Central West and Northern NSW to attend.
AuctionsPlus bidders managed to come away with 12 bulls in total.
Hazeldean have sold a total of 410 bulls this season, across five sales in three states, including their inaugural Tamworth auction.
The sale was conducted by Nutrien Cooma with Tim Woodham and Hamish McGeoch taking the bids.
- Full report in next week's edition of The Land
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