BUYERS from central Queensland had a chance to purchase bulls in their own patch at the Clermont Beef Bull Sale on Tuesday.
And they weren't disappointed with the quality of the 85 grey and eight red Brahmans on offer, with the sale topping at $26,000.
The multi-vendor sale saw bulls offered from four studs; Palmal, Viva Brahmans, Apis Creek Brahmans and Leichhardt Creek Brahmans.
In total, 89 bulls sold to gross $729,000, averaging $8191, representing a 96 per cent clearance.
David and Julie McCamley, Palmal, sold both the top and second-top priced grey bulls.
Michael and Tracie Borg, Calveston, Clermont, paid the top money for $26,000 Palmal 8917 (H).
The 24-month-old son of Palmal Plymouth 6791 (AI) (H) entered the ring weighing 836kg, had an eye muscle area of 137 square centimetres, a scrotal circumference of 37cm and P8 and rib fat of 14mm and 12mm respectively.
Mr Borg said he was impressed with his weight for age and said the bull would fit in well with his cows.
"His breeding is pretty spectacular, he is very correct with his bone, pizzle, testicles, head and eyes, he has perfect conformation in my book and the temperament to boot," Mr Borg said.
"When the bull suits your cows you've got to be prepared to pay for them."
Mr Borg, whose property is 80km out of Clermont, bought eight bulls.
He is a repeat buyer of Palmal bulls and regularly purchases from the Clermont Beef Bull Sale.
"I love buying bulls from Clermont, being right on my doorstep I can bring them home that afternoon," Mr Borg said.
"The quality of bulls is just as good as anywhere, there's no difference between the bulls here and at Brahman Week, they are just as good.
"I'm more than happy with the purchases."
Mr Borg said his property had received nearly an inch of rain since Saturday, meaning his top purchase would be put straight to work.
"The bull won't be long in the paddock at home, he'll be down in with the heifers straight away with the green grass."
The second-top price bull at $24,000 was Palmal 8916 (PP), sold for $24,000 to fellow vendors Stewart and Sarah Borg, Leichhardt Brahmans.
The 25-month-old was sired by Palmal Denham 7338 (PS), weighed 788kg, had an eye muscle area of 129sq cm, scrotal circumference of 38cm and P8 and rib scans of 10mm and 8mm respectively.
The McCamleys also sold the third-top price bull, which was the top price red Brahman sire at the sale, with Palmal 8957 (H) selling for $20,000 to Terry and Siobhan Randell, Crinum Brahmans, Tieri.
The 25-month-old son of NCC Paddington (IVF) (H), weighed 832kg, had an eye muscle area of 144sq cm, scrotal circumference of 37cm and P8 and rib fat of 10mm and 8mm respectively.
Mr McCamley said he was pleased with how the sale went overall.
"We think it went really well, it was very strong, probably the strongest sale we've had out there," Mr McCamley said.
He said they were pleased with the quality of the bulls they put up, including the top price grey.
"We thought he was our best bull, he had a lot of length and bone, he's a really good type of bull," Mr McCamley said.
"Michael Borg has been buying for a long time and they're working really well for him, and he's got a beautiful herd of cows he's going out with."
Mr McCamley said he expected their second-top, as a grey double polled bull, would also sell well with people chasing polly genetics.
Their top price red bull was also great quality.
"The top red was an exceptionally good red bull, we probably should have taken him to Brahman Week, but we wanted to take good bulls to Clermont," Mr McCamley said.
The other vendors also enjoyed a successful day.
Alistair and Pam Davison, Viva Brahmans, made their top price of $19,000 with Viva Eaton 1641 (H).
Stewart and Sarah Borg, Leichhardt Brahmans, topped at $17,000 with Leichhardt Colby Manso 280 (H).
Tim and Lynette Olive, Apis Creek, topped at $11,000 for Apis Creek MR 1332/8 (H).