CORONAVIRUS lockdown restrictions saw about half the bulls at The Glen, Walwa's sale go to online bidders who helped push the average up by about $2000 on last year.
Overall, 63 bulls were sold of the 69 catalogued resulting in a 91 per cent clearance, $21,000 top price and $8485 average.
Stud co-principal Mike Gadd said despite the fact many buyers couldn't attend in person, the $21,000 top price was reflected in a 35 per cent increase in the sale gross.
"COVID-19 travel restrictions, lockdowns and the Victorian border closure excluded most of The Glen's New South Wales clients from attending," Mr Gadd said. "About half of The Glen's clients are based in NSW, so we are grateful for the work put in by the agents and to AuctionsPlus for the service they provide."
Mr Gadd, and wife Joy, said it was a very pleasing sale, given the interruptions to travel plans due to COVID-19.
The $21,000 top-seller was The Glen Command R137, a son of Baldridge Command C036 out of The Glen Mildred P360.
The 14-month-old bull had an estimated breeding value (EBV) in the top one per cent of the breed for retail beef yield (+2.9).
He also ranked in the top 5pc or above for eye muscle area (+12.5) and the Domestic and Heavy Grass Indexes, and top 10pc or above for 400- and 600-day weights, carcase weight, milk, docility and the Angus Breeding and Heavy Grain Indexes.
Repeat buyers Michael and Marion Blake, Winslade, Mt Stromlo, ACT, were the purchasers of the top-priced bull.
The Blakes also purchased The Glen New Ground R164 for $16,500.
The volume buyer was a repeat client, Richard Wilton, of Nioka Past Co, Pulletop via Holbrook, who purchased five bulls to a top of $14,000 and average of $8600 across the draft.
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Another volume buyer was a new client, RC Otto and KL Findlay, Tallandoon, Vic, who bought four bulls to $7500.
The second high-selling bull was The Glen Keystone R186, purchased by local repeat buyer Rob Whiteley, Cudgewa, Vic, for $20,000.
Keystone R186 was a son of Landfall Keystone K132 that ranked in the top 1pc for carcase weight and top 5pc for intramuscular fat, 400- and 600-day weights, mature cow weight and Angus Breeding and Heavy Grain Indexes. He was one of three bulls by Landfall Keystone K132, which averaged $16,333.
Eight bulls sired by a home-bred bull, The Glen Keystone P21 a son of Landfall Keystone K132, sold to $14,000 and averaged $10,500.
A draft of seven grey bulls topped at $18,000 and averaged $8000.
Selling agents were Elders, Corcoran Parker and Ray White GTSM.
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