Charolais and charbray sales reap more than $1m

TOP PRICE: Buyer Michael Connolly (left) and Roz and John Mercer with KV Kane, which topped the sale at $14,000.
TOP PRICE: Buyer Michael Connolly (left) and Roz and John Mercer with KV Kane, which topped the sale at $14,000.

CHAROLAIS and charbray sales on successive days at Woolooga and Kandanga grossed more than one million dollars.

Buyers from far-flung reaches of the state took the opportunity to bid on some of the top breed genetics.

Last Saturday's sale was the 13th annual on-farm Kandanga Valley sale with 102 charolais and charbray bulls on offer by stud owners John and Roz Mercer.

Bulls on offer were snapped up by buyers, many repeat and volume buyers, from local areas, Brisbane and Fassifern Valleys, Augathella, Taroom, Charleville, Chinchilla, Nebo, Sarina, Mackay and many points between.

In his introductory remarks Mr Mercer said the charolais were the best the stud had offered and EBV figures backed this comment, highlighting the work and selection criteria used by the Mercers to constantly improve their cattle.

Kandanga Valley bulls are always immaculately prepared for the sale and could all be described as big, soft, heavy, growth for age, plenty of eye muscle, and all with a good fat cover and fertile enough, as described by the auctioneer, 'to get a calf out of a hollow log'.

As is usual with Kandanga Valley bull sales, older bulls are first into the ring, with 29-month-old KV Kiev selling to the Irwin family at Yuleba for the charolais top of $13,000.

Kiev weighed 930kg and had P8 fat of 7, rib fat of 5 and eye muscle area scan of 135sqcm and intra muscle fat of 3.9. Semen motility was 75%.

Mr Mercer had pointed out earlier that the top semen motility entered by the assessor was 85% but that could mean anywhere up to 100%.

Weighing in at a massive 960kg at 24 months, polled red factor KV Koominya sold to a Chinchilla buyer for $11,000.

Sixty-three charolais sold for a total of $326,500 and an average of $5182.

Charbray bulls, with the majority generation bred, sold to a top and a sale top of $14,000 paid by Michael Connolly, Emjay Charbrays, Goomeri and Gympie for 21- month-old, 55:45, KV Kane.

From the Shoshone 453 sire Kane weighed 725kg and had all the right scan measurements.

Repeat buyers Harold and Pam Dwyer, Biggenden, who bought the top price charbray at the 12th sale, were back in action with $9000 and $5500 charbray purchases this year.

A total of 36 charbrays sold for a gross of $189,500and average of $5263.

Overall sale total was $516,000 and average $5212.

Topics:  charolais kandanga sales woolooga

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