RETURNING bull buyers, especially seeking calving ease, secured 24 of the 29 Stanford stud bulls of 18 to 20 months of age offered in the AuctionsPlus helmsman sale at Bathurst last Friday which reached $12,000 to average $6875.
Eight bulls suitable for heifers averaged $8938, while 25 cows with calves selling in five units topped at $4125 to average $4070 and 40 PTIC heifers selling in 10 per lot sold to $2875 to average $2475.
The sale-topping specialist heifer bull, Stanford Quasimodo, was purchased by repeat buyer on several occasions and client of 20 years standing, Ralph Burgess, Rosehill, Lyndhurst. Quasimodo weighed 676 kilograms and had an eye muscle area (EMA) of 87 square centimeters and intra-muscular fat (IMF) of 5.3 per cent.
Three bulls sold at $10,000 each to Larras Lee Simmental herd of Boomey Park, managed by Angus Shannon, who has been buying Stanford heifer bulls since 2013 which have dramatically improved the calving ease of the herd. The bulls were Stanford Qushtan, Quambatck and Quorum.
Max and Ralph Price, Kooringle, Pyramul, returned to pay $9000 for another heifer bull, Stanford Qwando, weighing 662kg. They also paid $4000 for another bull.
Bill Davis of Elders, Bathurst, operating for Howard and Ruth Thompson, Pomona, Neville, paid $8250 for Stanford Qarah, a heifer bull, and on behalf of the Kelly family, Ferndale, Caloola, $8500 for Stanford Qutang, a heifer's first calf and a pen of PTIC heifers at $2800 a head.
Seargent Pastoral Company, Wingello, secured three lots of five cows with calves and PTIC (15 units) including the top-priced draft.
Glenoren Partnership, Yass, bought the top-priced pen of PTIC heifers and a pen of cows with calve at $4100 a unit.
Mr Rutherford said Glenoren principals, commented on the very good temperament of the drafts.
Andrew Ashwin, Rosedale, Currabubula, purchased 20 PTIC heifers and five cows with calves and also paid $4750 for a bull.
The sale was conducted by Bill Gilbert, Nutrien Ag Solutions, Bathurst.