Queensland's top Brangus genetics were offered at this year's Central Brangus Classic female and bull sale held at the Central Queensland Livestock Exchange in Gracemere on Friday, with the sale hitting a high of $52,500 for a Brangus herd bull.
Sixteen central Queensland-based vendors sold an impressive line-up of Brangus bulls and females, with a total of 101 lots offered and 99 selling, to represent a 98 per cent clearance. Averaging $10,510, the sale achieved an overall gross of $1,040,500.
An improvement on last year's CBC sale, which grossed $906,000 on 87 bulls, averaging $10,413.
In a further breakdown of this year's sale, a draft of 90 Brangus bulls were offered, with 89 sold, to average $11,120, while 12 females were offered to sell for 100pc clearance, to average $6083.
It was Tannyfoil P79 (P) that attracted a fierce bidding war, snagging the attention of several bidders.
Offered by Tannyfoil Brangus stud principal Gavin McKenzie, Blackwater, it was Hardy and Wendy Woodard, Knockbreak Partnership, Eidsvold, who knocked down the final bid of $52,500.
Sired by Bonox 822 and out of Tannyfoil 76, the masculine and well conformed 34-month-old tipped the scales at 895 kilograms, scanned 147 square centimetres for eye muscle area, 13mm and 11mm, respectively, for P8 and rib fat, and 5.0 per cent for intramuscular fat.
With a scrotal circumference of 45cm, he scored 80pc for semen motility.
There were two equal second-top price bulls.
The first was Night 034, the only bull offered by Niel and Angela Woodard, Night Brangus, Taroom, who sold for $35,000 to Mark Lloyd, Bullrush Pastoral, Mavis Downs.
Sire by River Run 04 (P) and out of Bonox N608 (P), and the 33-month-old tipped the scales 966kg.
The sire prospect measured a scrotal circumference of 41cm, 133sq cm for EMA, and had a P8 and rib fat depths of 12mm and 9mm respectively, and an intramuscular fat percentage of 5.6pc.
The other equal second-top price bull was offered by the Tannyfoil Brangus stable, with the offering of Tannyfoil P94 selling to Rodney Johannesen for $35,000.
The 35-month-old herd bull is the son of Bonox 822 359 and out of Tannyfoill 826.
He tipped the scales 871kg, measuring a scrotal circumference of 40cm, 138sq cm for EMA, and had a P8 and rib fat depths of 13mm and 9mm respectively, and an intramuscular fat percentage of 5.2pc.
An exceptional draft of females were offered at this year's sale, but it was the 18-month-old daughter of Couti-Outi underwood (P) and Couti-Outi Ubangi (P) that impressed the buyers' gallery and topped the female sale on the day.
Couti-Outi Ariel 1068 (P) was offered by Lawson and Bonni Geddes, Couti Outi Brangus, Kunwarara, and sold to the Lamb family, Nibar Brangus stud, Parraweena Cattle Co, Banana, for $11,000.
The sale presented an opportunity to bulk buy, with multiple operations paying bringing out the cheque books to secure quality Brangus genetics.
BeeBlee Pastoral Co at BeeBlee Station, Connors Range, purchased six bulls with two bulls topping at $18,000, for an average of $14,167.
Sam Bates, Bates Brangus, Westwood, sold four bulls for a strong average of $12,250, while Bimbora Brangus, via Nebo, sold five bulls to average $11,000.
Mark and Katrina Brown, Dululu, sold three bulls to average $11,334, whilst the Lloyd family Bullrush Pastoral sold three bulls to average $9,667.
John Collins at Gogango sold nine bulls and two heifers for an average of $7909, while the Duncan and Karen Geddes, Telemon Brangus, Springsure, sold three heifers and seven bulls to average $7850.
Lawson Geddes sold 11 bulls and three heifers for an average of $7785, whilst the Maguire family at Emerald sold six bulls to average $7500.
Wayne and Marcia Maguire, Scrubbee, Dingo, sold six bulls to average $7333, and Morgan and Addison Marks, Clermont, sold two bulls to average $13,000.
Gavin McKenzie, Tannyfoil Brangus stud, Blackwater, sold three bulls with a strong average of $33,833, while Paul and Denise Studt, Capella, sold eight bulls and three heifers to average $10,454.
Brent and Maree Woodard, Duaringa, sold ten bulls to average $7100, while BN and LJ Woodard, Taroom, sold eight bulls and two heifers for an average of $15,650.
Neil and Angela Woodard, Night Brangus, Taroom, sold one bull for a top of $35,000, while Clayton and Nikki Woodard, Duaringa sold two bulls to average $9000.
Full report in next week's Queensland Country Life print edition.
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