Seventy six bulls have sold at an average price of $2961 from the 80 auctioned this week in the Department of Primary Industry and Resources annual Katherine bull sale.
The top selling bull this year was a 391kg, scurred Brahman that sold for $7000.
DPIR pastoral research officer Whitney Dollemore said the average sale price of the bulls that sold this year was similar to last year’s average sale.
“We’re really happy with how the sale went,” Ms Dollemore said.
“Last year was a really good sale year for us and this year has almost matched it. We had a strong group of Brahman bulls."
Ms Dollemore said the DPIR breeding program develops cattle that are productive and adapted to the climate and conditions in the Northern Territory.
“The bulls up for sale were selected for high yearling and 18-month weight, and are the progeny of cows that have a low age of puberty and are able to reconceive whilst lactating, a trait that will be passed on to their daughters who become the makeup of the breeder herd.”
The majority of bulls in this year’s sale were born in 2016.
The bulls were auctioned online by AuctionsPlus. This is the fifth year the department has conducted its annual bull sale online.
Surplus female stock from the same breeding program will be auctioned today.
The catalogues can be viewed on the AuctionsPlus website.