Big Dave hits Elite high

Elite Poll Hereford sale secures their highest top of $20,000

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Top price bull of the sale was Elite M110 P171 also known as "Big Dave" with vendor Kay Payne and new owners Guy and Suzanne Lord, Branga Plains, Walcha.

Top price bull of the sale was Elite M110 P171 also known as "Big Dave" with vendor Kay Payne and new owners Guy and Suzanne Lord, Branga Plains, Walcha.

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Elite Herefords cleared 32 bulls in the helmsman sale.

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Repeat loyal buyers pushed the top price to $20,000 at Elite Poll Herefords annual bull sale at Gundy on Thursday.

The stud sold 31 of 32 bulls under the hammer averaging $6403 with the last bull sold after the sale to Coffs Harbour to update the clearance to 100 per cent and average $6328.

The first bull in the catalogue Elite M110 P171, fondly known as Big Dave, secured the top price of $20,000 purchased by Guy and Suzanne Lord, Branga Plains, Walcha.

The 22-month-old son of Elite H284 M110 was in the top 10 per cent estimated breeding value for 400-day growth, eye muscle area and top 15 pc for intramusclular fat.

The Lord family have been purchasing Elite Herefords for more than 15 years and run a commercial operation, with a nucleus of purebred Herefords to breed their own bulls. They purchased a second Elite H284 son, the 20-month-old Elite M110 P278, for $9000.

The bulk of the draft was purchased by Forstoria-Fannon Pty Ltd of Timor, taking home 10 bulls for a top of $8500 and average of $4600.

The Helmsman sale was conducted by Thomas Livestock with support from the AuctionPlus platform.

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