The Santahat Santa Gertrudis bull sale presented a quality line-up of commercially focused sires at this year's Rawbelle on-property sale near Monto.
As a helmsman style sale, the quite atmosphere didn't hinder cattle producers’ buying enthusiasm with lot 1, Santahat Nullarbor N159 bull, rocketing to $10,500 by the completion of the auction.
The polled bull was snapped by Shane Hatton and family, Diamond H Santa Gertrudis, Wandoan. Santahat Nullarbor was sired by the stud's impact bull, Waco Yale (who was sired by Waco Samson 255754), and recorded a weight at sale time of 896 kilograms at 20-months-old.
The bull also recorded 14 millimetres of fat on the rump and 10 millimetres of fat on the rib area, plus an eye muscle area of 130 centimetres squared and 38 centimetre scrotal measurement.
The Santahat Nullarbor sire will now be joined to Diamond H stud females.
Brett and Adam Hatton's Santahat Santa Gertrudis sale overall achieved an average price of $6344 with a total sale gross of $177,650. During the sale a clearance rate of 80 per cent was reached.
Second top priced bull of the sale was also bought by Shane Hatton and family with lot 5, Santahat Nintendo N133, reaching $8500 by the end of the auction.
The polled bull was sired by Glenn Oaks Jackabite J71 (P) and recorded an eye muscle area of 121 centimetres squared at 18-months-old with a weigh of 762 kilograms, plus 12 millimetres of fat on the rump and eight millimetres of fat on the rib area.
A third top price of $8000 was achieved four times during the helmsman sale with lot 6, Santahat Nitro N31 (PS) bull, first to reach the $8000 mark. The bull was sired by a Waco bull and weighed 648 kilograms at a young 18-months-old, plus recorded 10 millimetres of fat on the rump and eight millimetres of fat on the rib area. The bull also penned an eye muscle area of 105 centimetres squared and a scrotal measurement of 36 centimetres. The sire was purchased by the Brown family, Walloon.
Second bull to make $8000 was lot 8, Santahat N283 bull, who was sired by a Yarrawonga bull and bought by the Jenkinson family, Hawkwood. The 22-month-old bull weighed 718 kilograms with the horned sire recording eight millimetres of fat on the rump and 5 millimetres of fat on the rib area, plus eye muscle area of 115 centimetres squared and scrotal measurement of 37 centimetres.
Third $8000 bull of the sale was lot 16, Santahat N198 (P), who was sired by a stud bred bull Santahat Kaboom K81 and bought by WR Staib. The 21-month-old polled sire weighed 712 kilograms with seven millimetres of fat on the rump and five millimetres of fat on the rib area, plus an eye muscle area of 109 centimetres squared and a 40 centimetre scrotal measurement.
The final bull to reach $8000 was lot 31, Santahat M47, who was sired by Glenn Oaks Grande G35 (who was sired by Yarrawonga Tavern) and purchased by JDC Holdings.
The 30-month-old bull weighed 832 kilograms with nine millimetres of fat on the rump and seven millimetres on the rib area, plus an eye muscle area of 124 centimetres squared and a 40 centimetre scrotal measurement.