THE decision to move the annual Cooinda Santa Gertrudis Bull Sale on property has paid off for Chris and Elisa Fox, Proston, after a successful sale on Saturday topped at $18,000 twice. The Fox family enjoyed a total clearance after selling all 51 bulls offered, and the sale recorded an impressive average of $7382.
The first bull to reach the top price money was Cooinda Lucky Phil L298 (P). The homozygous poll bull, which also recorded some of the best weight gains for the 2016 sale draft, was purchased by Peter Mahoney from Gyranda, Theodore.
Mr Mahoney said he purchased the 22-month-old bull by Cardona Lister L93 (P) to use within the Gyranda stud operation. Cooinda Lucky Phil L298 (P) weighed 784kg, scanned 123 square cm in the EMA and measured 40cm in the scrotal circumference.
Cooinda Low Flying Duck L112 (P) was also knocked down for $18,000 thanks to Ray and Susan Mayne from Kingaroy. The semi-retired couple run a small herd of breeders, and they were looking for a top-end bull for their operation to continue producing quality calves.
Cooinda Low Flying Duck (P) is by the successful Dangarfield Twister (PS) sire, and is out of the only female the Cooinda Stud has ever shown, Cooinda Frangipani F113 (P). The 29-month-old bull weighed 898kg, and he had an EMA of 124 square cm and measured 41.5cm in the working department.
Cooinda Liam, named after Chris and Elisa's young son, sold for $12,500 to the Neil Baker Family Trust, Gayndah. The 23-month-old polled sire was described by the vendors as a good boned bull with a tremendous hindquarter. He weighed 802kg which gave him an average daily weight gain of 1.08kg, and he also had one of largest scrotal measurements in the catalogue at 42.5cm.
EA&MC Cooke, Old Proston Station, Proston, took home three bulls for an average of $9833, while Golden Pastoral Holdings, Nullin, Yuleba, also put three bulls together to average $9000. Nedyah Cattle Co, Cree Vista, Thangool, purchased two bulls for an average price of $9500, including Cooinda Legs Eleven L276 (P) for $12,000.
Elisa Fox said the family was overwhelmed with the sale results.
"If we've done our job as cattle breeders, these bulls will tell their own story and they should sell themselves," Mrs Fox said.
"One of the main reasons we decided to build our own sale complex was to create a place, and a certain atmosphere, that people remembered for all the right reasons," Mrs Fox.
"We wanted people to walk in and immediately feel welcomed and at ease so that they could relax and enjoy the social aspect of the day, and then drive out afterwards already thinking about coming back next year.
"What really struck us was that even as vendors, we felt so at ease on sale day. Usually when we have had the sale in town we always feel rushed and it was difficult to get around to see everyone. We've been selling bulls through various multi-vendor sales and at our own sale for nearly 15 years now, and I can honestly say that I have never had so much fun or enjoyed a sale day as much as I did on Saturday."
- Coulton's Country
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