Strong repeat bull buyer support helped the Ascot Neimen Braford annual sale achieve a solid clearance on Friday.
During the sale the Galloway family’s draft of bull recorded a final clearance rate of 90 per cent.
A total of 31 bulls were sold during the sale with several being purchased shortly after the auction.
Overall, the Ascot Neimen Braford on-property bull sale at Banana in central Queensland grossed $180,000 for an average price of $5455.
First Braford bull to enter the sale took top priced honours with lot 1, Ascot Henry 394, selling to Daniel Treloar and family, Chessington, South Australia for $17,000.
The Ascot Henry bull will now go to work in the Treloar Grazing Company’s Braford commercial beef cattle breeding operation.
“We focus on producing prime finished steers for the domestic trade market, so this Ascot Henry bull is perfectly suit I believe to produce progeny for that beef market,” Mr Treloar said.
“The bull has impeccable figures on paper.”
The polled 29-month-old Ascot Henry sire stepped into the sale ring at 958 kilograms with a solid eye muscle area of 135 centimetres squared. The bull measured a 47 centimetre scrotal circumference with 14 millimetres of fat on the rump and 9 millimetres of fat on the rib area, plus the sire was by Ascot Dusty 1689 (P) (AI) out of Ascot Polly 2674 (P) cow.
Ascot Neimen’s Dan Galloway said the Ascot Henry bull was reserve senior champion at Beef Australia 2018 in the Braford stud cattle judging.
“This bull has the great colouring that we’re focused on maintaining across our Braford stud,” Mr Galloway said.
Second top price bull of the sale was lot 3, Ascot Humphrey 2004, who sold for $14,000 on AuctionsPlus to Burke McLachlan, Uralla Braford Stud, Ubobo near Calliope.
The Ascot Humphrey bull was a standout among the sale draft, according to the stud owners, with a solid weight for age of 930 kilograms at 21-months-old. The bull recorded an eye muscle area at sale time of 133 centimetres squared with an impressive intramuscular fat percentage of 5.3 per cent, plus 16 millimetres of fat on the rump and 10 millimetres of fat on the rib area and a scrotal measurement of 42 centimetres.
Part of this year’s Ascot Neimen bull sale was the 50 year celebrations since the Braford stud was established in 1965.
“We started selling in 1971 in conjunction with the Cootharaba Hereford Stud at Moura Saleyards,” Ascot Neimen stud co-principle Jill Galloway said.
“Then in 1974 the Ascot Stud had its own sale on the Galloway’s Cootharaba property at Monto.”
The first sale at Ascot property near Banana was held in 1986 with drought causing the only missed sale in 1995.
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