Queensland graziers and studs dominated the bidding at Friday's Yulgilbar production sale with 92 Santa Gertrudis bulls, all of them on offer, selling to a top of $45,000 and averaging $9097.
Bill Speed, Brigadoon Cattle Company at Wondoan paid top money for the rising two year old heterozygous poll Yulgilbar Parramatta P130, by Ideal Neptune N78, saying his phenotype impressed.
"He was a very correct bull," Mr Speed said, who noted Yulgilbar Parramatta will be used to produce commercial bulls for the expansive company that runs cattle on properties in Queensland and the Northern Territory, selling grain finished cattle to Kilcoy Global Foods and JBS for export.
Queenslanders now allowed to come south of the border for essential bull buying continued to dominate the bids, although Covid had delivered some restrictions - particularly the ban on aircraft coming direct to the Clarence River property.
To fill the void both AuctionsPlus and Elite Livestock online streaming services delivered a number of bids all the way from Western and South Australia to Central Queensland to auctioneer Innes Fahey with only a couple of line drop-outs.
Repeat clients the Kirkwood family, Disney Station at Clermont, Qld, were among the volume buyers, taking home six bulls including Riverina Patriarch P018, a sire produced by the Sinnamon family's Kyogle stud, RL Pastoral which also won the bid on homozygous poll Yulgilbar Platinum P270 by Cardona Patterson P53 for $28,000.
Yulgilbar purchased Cardona Patterson in 2016 for $52,500 and the sire which throws true to type has proven a winner in subsequent seasons.
Rockingham Santas on the Western Plain at Lake Cargelligo paid $20,000 for the homozygous polled Yulgilbar Penfold P226 by that popular sire.
Repeat client Tracey Conroy, Newbold Grange via Grafton, paid $16,500 for Yulgilbar Proston P152 also by Cardona Patterson P53.
Repeat buyer Craig Ross, from Kemmis Creek Station at Nebo paid $14,000 for heterozygous poll Yulgilbar Pedro P258 by that Cardona sire while Arrabury Pastoral Company at Mt Leonard Station, Windorah, QLD won half a dozen bulls including homozygous poll Yulgilbar Park Ranger P234 by the popular sire paying $12,000.
The Walker family, Strathmore Stud, Blackall, Qld, bid $14,000 for the homozygous poll Yulgilbar President P214 by Yarrawonga Drover with top 1pc of the breed for milk.
Collingwood Pastoral Company at Tara, Qld, came away with six bulls including Yulgilbar Puma P398 for $7,500. The family will put their bulls over Angus to produce first cross progeny for their own vertically integrated grain finishing enterprise which supplies Coles and Woolworths.
A dozen heifers all sold to average $7450.
A line of first cross Angus/Santa Gertrudis bulls failed to meet with desire with only two of the eight on offer selling for $4000 each.
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