THE complete dispersal of the Mary Valley Droughtmaster Stud was a vindication of the stud operators Peter and Liz Phillips' selection and breeding program.
With about 100 bid cards issued, spirited bidding for most animals saw all but four sold in the ring.
A crowded ring of buyers, who came from many areas of the region and into northern New South Wales, competed strongly for many lines and a lot were following genetic lines in their purchases.
The Mary Valley Stud started in 2002, with purchases at the national female sale. Selective purchases from studs and at sale events were carefully directed towards structural soundness, temperament and growth for age.
One of the early purchases was Twin Waters Buffy, which was in calf to Talgai Impact. The bull calf produced was Mary Valley Almighty, described at the sale as in the top 10% of droughtmaster bulls in the past few years.
Almighty, at 104 months old, was offered (along with 150 semen straws) late in the sale and sold, after rapid bidding, to Aragon Droughtmasters for $12,000.
Buyers were on the lookout for Almighty progeny and quick to snap up cows and calves, joined and unjoined females and young bulls with Almighty in their breeding. Almighty progeny sold for a gross of $58,800 and averaged $2470 for females and $3208 for young bulls.
Another Mary Valley Stud sire from Barwonga Droughtmasters in NSW was purchased by Traveston Park Droughtmasters for $6000. Also sold at that price was an Almighty son, 19-month-old MV Hercules, bought by the Nelson family at Antigua.
Top priced female was MV Fancy, sold as five months ptic to Barwonga Bonanza. This 43-month-old Almighty daughter was bought by Spotswood Grazing at Moura for $5750.
Fancy's 11-month-old daughter was sold unjoined for $4250.
A recent stud bull acquisition, Kiralee Rougstar, who was used over Almighty daughters, sold for $3000.
Gross receipts for the sale came to $191,450 to average $2334.
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