Thirteen breeds and their composites catalogued from across two states will go under the hammer at the annual February All Breeds Bull and Female Sale, being held at CQLX, Gracemere, on Tuesday, February 12 and Wednesday, February 13.
This year’s offering of 570 lots is composed of 508 bulls and 62 females.
The fixture kicks off the yearly calendar for seedstock sales in CQ with this year’s offering drawn from a two-state vendor list.
Regarded by many as often a barometer for many of the seedstock events to follow and specific breed values, the February All Breeds Sale is again playing host to a genetically diverse catalogue.
Agents in conjunction, Landmark and Elders, have again been entrusted with a catalogue that contains cattle nominated by some of their leading client addresses from Qld and NSW.
Sale agent Robert Murray, Elders Rockhampton, said breeders will be given plenty of opportunities to select bulls suitable for their stud and commercial programs.
“The sale offers quality bulls and females from leading studs at reasonable prices right on the doorstep of many of Queensland's’ beef producers,” Mr Murray said.
“Many of these bulls are being offered at the February All Breeds due to restrictions on numbers that members can nominate at their National Breed Society sales or because they were simply too young earlier in the year.”
The sale offers quality bulls and females from leading studs at reasonable prices right on the doorstep of many of Queensland's’ beef producers.
The two-day sale commences on Tuesday, February 12 at 9am with an offering of 126 grey and red Brahman bulls and seven used Brahman sires. These are followed by a catalogue of 59 Brahman females and the first day is rounded off with an offering of 19 Simbrah bulls and 53 Simmental bulls.
Mr Murray said 30 per cent of the Brahman bulls catalogued for the sale are polled or scurred, and that as in previous years the used sires are well worth buyer consideration.
“These bulls offer great genetics with the proven benefit of already having calves on the ground.”
“The Brahman female section gives stud breeders, or anyone intending to commence a Brahman stud, a great selection of red or grey pedigrees from prominent studs including Pioneer Park, Kenrol and MCL Brahmans, with each stud offering over 10 heifers each.”
The second and final day, Wednesday, March 13th also commencing at 9am, with all lots being penned by 6am for inspection, will see an array of bulls and females from nine individual breeds and their composites offered.
Kicking off the final days’ trade will be 30 black, red and grey Brangus bulls, followed by two Superblack bulls, 45 Angus bulls, seven Glebvieh males, a Hereford bull, 15 Limousin bulls, 20 Charolais bulls, 25 Charbray bulls, three Droughtmaster females and 128 Droughtmaster bulls to end the catalogue.
Mr Murray said the Droughtmaster bulls are from some of the leading studs in Central and Southern Qld, and that the Droughtmaster females from Tara View Stud, Sarina, are the first to be offered from the breed at the sale “in quite some time”.
“In contrast to many years previous, the Droughtmaster breed is numerically the largest breed this year.”
Last year the fixture grossed $1.22M with 226 bulls selling for an average of $4748 to clear 80pc, while 41 females averaged $3598 to record a 93pc clearance.
Numerically and statistically, Brahmans have nearly always dominated the offering and the 2018 sale was no exception, with the breed topping both sale categories.
Brahman bulls sold to $32,000 while their top-selling female fetched $15,000.
The overall market topper at $32,000 was the 1038kg, proven and used sire, Stewart Park Kody 110 (AI) (ET) (H) offered by Ian and Debbie Frampton, Little Creek Stud, Dallarnil. Purchasing the son of Elrose Kody Man (ET) (H) was Shane and Sandra Griffin, Shandra Stud, Charons Ferry, Ogmore.
Top female honours at $15,000 were secured by the McLennan family, MCL and Orana Studs, Goovigen with their 11-month-old grey entry, MCL Sammi 1585 selling to Don and Carol, Sivyer, Wundaru, Farleigh.
On the second day the top selling honors went to the Droughtmasters with a $19,000 sale. Brian and Yvonne Heck and family, Bryvonlea Stud, Glastonbury sold the 26-month-old entry, Bryvonlea Rolex (P) to Terry and Catherine Piggott, Aldinga Droughtmaster Stud, Rolleston. The breed posted an 83pc clearance at auction on the way to setting a $4579 average for the 57 males sold.
The top average for the second day at the 2018 sale was recorded by the Charolais breed, which posted a $6375 medium and a total clearance. Top of the Charolais section was a $9500 entry offered by the Bebbington family, Mountainview Stud, Cambooya, which sold to David and Lydia Dennis, Walthum Station, Clermont.
Brangus topped at $10,000 to average $4091 for a 65pc clearance at auction. The top seller for the breed offered by the Kapernick family, Shadow Valley Stud, Gin Gin, sold to Cargoon Pty Ltd, Cassiopeia Station, Clermont.
Another of the high performing breeds on the final day where Simmentals. They topped at $9000 to average $4950 to clear 95pc of their section. The sectional topper was the 26-month, 918kg, Springside Lipsic (PP) offered by the Rauchle family, Springside Stud, Pittsworth, which sold to Bill and Louise Dunn, Tarcoola, Dingo.
The Nixon family, Weetalabah Stud, Dulacca provided all the entries in the Gelbvieh section with their five setting a $4300 average to top at $5000 on two occasions selling to producers from Springsure and Moura.
The Limousin breed saw their top sell for $5000 for a Talana entry offered by the Talana Stud, Memerambi selling to the Lamb family, Parraweena, Banana.
Charbrays peaked at $5000 for a 31-month-old sold by the Mikkelsen family, Wiluna Stud, Yandaran, to Errol Comerford and family, Exmoor, Collinsville.
Oakvale Angus Stud, Tara operated by Scott and Eliza Borchardt provided the two equal top sellers at $6500 for that breeds section of the catalogue. Both bulls sold to David and Lydia Dennis, Walthum Station, Clermont.
Mr Murray said all bulls catalogued for the sale have been vet checked for breeding soundness and evaluation, scanned, weighed, pre-treated for tick clearance, and vaccinated for appropriate disease, with quite a few eligible for entry into WA if required.