Big Country rewrites the record books

Big Country Brahman sale rewrites the record books

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Gracemere Play Boy 14 reached a sale high of $130,000. Photo: ABBA

Gracemere Play Boy 14 reached a sale high of $130,000. Photo: ABBA

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A first time vendor who took only one bull to the Big Country Brahman Sale exceeded expectations.

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A FIRST time vendor who took only one bull to the Big Country Brahman Sale in Queensland's north this week exceeded expectations, selling their sole sire for $130,000 to top the grey section.

Katrina and Gary Lynch, Gracemere Brahmans, were overwhelmed with the result which saw Gracemere Play Boy 14 sell for the eye-watering sum to Kelvin and Margaret Maloney, Kenilworth Brahmans.

Mrs Lynch said Play Boy, a 26-month-old son of Elrose Fair Play 9074, was the full package, but she was still stunned at the result.

"It's unbelievable, our previous top was $34,000 so we're blown away," Mrs Lynch said.

"He's a nice big white bull, he's double P so polled, guaranteed polled calves so that's always a bonus but he's also got good bone and good head to go with it."

Katrina Lynch, Gracemere Brahmans, with the $130,000 Gracemere Play Boy 14 (AI) (P) and buyer Margaret Maloney, Kenilworth Brahmans.

Katrina Lynch, Gracemere Brahmans, with the $130,000 Gracemere Play Boy 14 (AI) (P) and buyer Margaret Maloney, Kenilworth Brahmans.

The 820kg sire had an eye muscle area of 130sq cm, a scrotal circumference of 38cm and had P8 and rib fat scans of 9mm and 7mm respectively.

Mrs Lynch said overall the sale had been fantastic and a great experience for her.

Their success was fitting for the overall tone of the 28th annual Big Country sale, which achieved 100 per cent clearance and rewrote the record books to achieve both a record gross and average.

The sale, which has never cracked the $3 million mark, this year blitzed the former total to gross $5,259,500, with an average price of $13,250.

In total 182 grey bulls sold today to gross $2,742,500 and average $15,070, with a top price of $130,000.

Carinya J Lincoln 9/54 (PS) sold for $90,0000, pictured with vendor Mitch Kirk and buyers Henry and Sam Gray, The Rivers.

Carinya J Lincoln 9/54 (PS) sold for $90,0000, pictured with vendor Mitch Kirk and buyers Henry and Sam Gray, The Rivers.

The second top priced grey bull honours went to John Kirk and family, Carinya, Gayndah, who sold Carinya J Lincoln 9/54 for $90,0000 to Peter and Sue Gray, The Rivers.

Bidding was frenetic as soon as Lincoln entered the ring, and within the first hour of Tuesday's sale sold to equal the top price achieved in the red section on Monday.

The 29-month-old son of NCC Woodman entered the ring weighing 935kg, had an EMA of 146sq cm, scrotal measurement of 35cm and P8 and rib fat of 12mm and 10mm respectively.

Also making good money was Wendy Cole and family, Kenrol Brahmans Gracemere, with Kenrol Stetson Manso 0539 selling for the third top price of $75,000.

Scott and Vicki Hayes, Yenda V Brahmans, were the successful bidders for the 34-month-old son of Willtony Stetson.

Stetson Manso entered the ring weighing 915kg, had an EMA of 140sq cm, scrotal circumference of 44cm and P8 and rib fat of 10mm and 8mm respectively.

The day before, 107 red bulls sold to gross $1,777,000 and average $16,605 with a top of $90,000.

Throughout the sale 289 bulls sold to gross $4,519,500 and average $15,640.

Another 108 heifers sold to gross $725,000, to average $6715 and top at $32,000.

  • Agents McCaffrey's Australian Livestock Marketing and Queensland Rural.

The story Big Country rewrites the record books first appeared on Queensland Country Life.

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