More than 50 per cent of Manchee Agriculture's Yamburgan Shorthorn bulls offered at its annual on-property sale at Wallah, near Narrabri, on Wednesday, August 30, will head interstate to King Island, Tasmania, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and the Northern Territory.
Manchee Agriculture sold 50 of 52 bulls to average $10,960, with their top priced bull, Yamburgan Cordillo S996, being knocked down for $24,000.
The 23-month-old son of Yamburgan Monkira M14, out of Yamburgan Pendant K165, weighed 878 kilograms and scanned a 39 centimetres scrotal circumference, 6.6 per cent intramuscular fat, 12 millimetres for rib fat, 20mm for P8 fat, and a 131 square centimetre eye muscle area.
The Smith family, Picton, purchased the sale topping bull, as well as the 24-month-old Yamburgan Hewitt S624.
Manchee Agriculture principal John Manchee said he was pleased to be well supported by a number of long term clients.
"This is the toughest economic and seasonal conditions we've faced since the drought so it was tough going but there were a lot of buyers who go back three generations of families so that would have been very pleasing for my father to have witnessed," he said.
"The top-priced bull was certainly an outstanding individual in his contemporary group and it is rare to see that sought of carcass ability with his structural correctness and shoulder set."
Mr Lionel Manchee had died earlier this year, aged 89.
John's comments regarding his father in the sale's catalogue read that he was a wonderful cattleman with a very sharp eye for a stud sire and was the mainstay of the Yamburgan breeding program for many decades.
Peter Cappel, Bungulla Partnership, Manilla, purchased Yamburgan Longreach T24 for $20,000.
Longreach T24, 17 months, was a son of Yamburgan Bedourie P94 and out of Yamburgan Mimi G14.
He weighed 702kg and scanned a 42cm scrotal circumference, 6.5pc IMF, 9mm rib fat, 12mm P8 fat and a 108sq cm EMA.
The bull also had a breeding value of -0.42 yield grade, putting him in the top 10pc of the breed, as well as the top 20pc with a stayability figure of 15.4 and 13.8 docility.
Mr Capel said the bull was structurally correct with "lovely balance and good length".
"We've purchased a number of bulls from Yamburgan before and they are well bred with wonderful depth and quality," he said.
"The bull will be used over our heifers at Bungulla Shorthorns this year when we join our 50 heifers.
"He has length from hip to pin and walks well so we're excited."
Mr Manchee also said he really admired the bull.
"His mother has been an exceptional breeder and he is a calf that has been at the top of the drop from birth," he said.
"I really think there is a lot of stud sire potential with him."
Yamburgan Terabytes S207, a son of Yamburgan Gigabytes P22 out of Yamburgan Rose N5, sold for $20,000 to Belmore Shorthorns, Wild Dog Valley, SA.
ER and GF Flint, Kingston, SA, purchased Yamburgan Powerhouse S632 for $16,000.
J Crosler and Sons, Rapid Bay, SA, purchased Yamburgan Hewitt S627 for $10,000.
Six bulls were sold to Doce Pty Ltd, Roma, Qld, to a top of $12,000, three times, to average $10,000.
Two bulls purchased by the Clemon family, Wongi Pastoral Co, King Island, Tas, for $10,000 each.
The sale was conducted by Nutrien Narrabri and HMA, Narrabri, with Paul Dooley, Tamworth, as auctioneer and AuctionsPlus providing the online interface.
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