A good line-up at the Tremere Pastoral African genetics bull sale attracted a large crowd of commercial beef cattle buyers on Friday.
Held at Moura Saleyards, the helmsmann style bull sale achieved a solid average price for bulls during the sale of $5116.
The sale also recorded a clearance rate of 63 per cent with 30 bulls sold out of the 48 bulls offered for sale.
Tremere Pastoral owner Swin Hudson, Moura, said it was great to achieve a higher bull sale price average than last year.
“It’s been a very dry season in our region, so preparation of the bulls was more difficult this year but we are happy with how these bulls came up and are ready to go to work in commercial cattle operations,” Mr Hudson said.
Top priced bull of the sale, a 616 kilogram Bonsmara/Belmont-cross sire, sold to long-time repeat buyer Angus Macrae and family, Kilmory, Moura for $8500.
The 22-month-old commercially focused polled bull had a very high tick resistance rating with a docile temperament, plus 5 millimetres of fat on the rump and 4 millimetres of fat on the rib area and 100 centimetre squared eye muscle area.
A standout feature of the top priced Tremere Pastoral bull was the sire’s young dam 24-month-old age at first calving her progeny with the bull’s mother producing six calves for the cattle operation so far.
A second top price of $7000 was reached three times during the sale.
First bull to reached $7000 was a 566 kilogram 22-month-old Bonsmara/Belmont-cross sire who sold to Rocky Crossing Pastoral, Elvanbrook, St George. The bull recorded 5 millimetres of fat on the rump and 4 millimetres of fat on the rib area, plus an eye muscle area of 112 centimetres squared.
The second sire to reach $7000 was a 582 kilogram 22-month-old polled Bonsmara/Belmont-cross bull who was bought by the Hutson family, Scotston, Eidsvold. The bull recorded 5 millimetres of fat on the rump and 4 millimetres of fat on the rib area, plus an eye muscle area of 93 centimetres squared.
The third bull to reach $7000 was a 497 kilogram 21-month-old horned Bonsmara/Belmont-cross sire who was purchased by the Peart family, Injune. The bull recorded 5 millimetres of fat on the rump and 4 millimetres of fat on the rib area, plus an eye muscle area of 106 centimetres squared.