Droughtmasters were certainly in demand at the Cloncurry Bull Sale at the Cloncurry Bull Selling Complex, with 130 bulls from two breeds and three vendors, and topping at $70,000.
Resulting in a complete clearance, a sale top of $70,000 and a bottom-line average of $11,777, the whole sale grossed $1.5m. The Droughtmaster section of the offering set an average of $13,750 for the 72 sold.
On offer were 47 bulls from Darren and Helen Childs, Glenlands D prefix, Theodore and 25 catalogued from the Eddington Stud, Julia Creek operated by Anthony and Rachael Anderson.
Apart from the quality on offer, the immediate effects of recent widespread rain in the north and central west of the state and continual strength of all cattle markets helped cement the result.
In all 37 addresses representing online and those that physically attended the fixture took bulls to destinations across Queensland and the NT.
Market pacesetter was Glenlands D 8414 (PP) (27 months) (818kg) (140 EMA) (11/9mm) fetched $70,000. Sired by Glenlands D Utube the impressive youngster sold to Fred and Julien Johnson, Chipahill Stud, Biloela who outlasted losing bidders, the Mutton family, Fieldhouse Stud, Wickepin, WA operating through Elite Livestock Auctions. Glenlands D averaged $15,745 for their 47 registered and herd bull entries.
Anthony and Rachel Anderson, Eddington stud, Julia Creek sold their draft of 25 bulls to top at $15,000 to set an overall average of $10,000. Their top was Eddington E2103 (PP) (27 months) (884kg) (140 EMA) (13/10mm). Sired by Wajatryn Kingston the bull will take up duties at Steve Pickering’s, RSVP Stud, Samford. Eddington secured two bulls the Glenlands D draft to average $18,500. These topped at $19,000 for a son of Glenlands D Stormboy.
Keirnan and Company, Bygana, Clermont accounted for 11 Droughtmasters for on average $16,100. Their selections topped at $19,000 for the top selling herd bull of the sale, the 22-month-old, Glenlands D 8486 (PP). Rostron Grazing, The Grove, Alpha selected 10 bulls for a $15,300 average to top at $18,000 for a polled son of Glenlands D 14/3300 aged 27-months. Tipperary Station, Darwin, NT claimed 10 also and these averaged $9400 toping at $11,000 on two occasions.
Jim and Betty Brown, Mayfield Station, Duchess took with them eight Droughtmasters from both stables for an average outlay of $11,125 to top at $14,000. The Clermont based, Bassalt River Pastoral Company, Huntly Station signed off on five to a top of $22,000 for an average of $14,200. Their $22,000 selection was a two-year-old poll by Glenlands Thor.
The Hawkins family, HC Pastoral, Toowoomba selected two for a $14,000 average topping at $18,000 for another of the PP entries by Glenlands D Utube. Yet another of the Utube sons sold for $20,000 to the Fegan family, Milgery, McKinlay who purchased two to average $16,000.
Peter and Carol Davies, The Nobbies, Cloncurry bought three to average $11,000 while Ashley Smith, Strathroy Station, Julia Creek selected two from Eddington and Glenlands D for on average $16,000 topping at $18,000. Ashley’s other selection was second top selling Eddington entry, the $14,000 E2158 (P) a 27-month-old by Rondel Top Rate. Kirby Smith, Spring Hill Station, Torrens Creek picked up two also for $10,000 average. Ray Scott Pastoral, Fairfield Station, Bauhinia collected five for on average $10,400.
Sale agents: Queensland Rural, TopX Australia and Elite Livestock Auctions.