THE second Greenup Eidsvold Station Bull Sale saw an unprecedented number of bulls crossing the border heading to New South Wales stud and commercial operations last Friday.
The stands at the Eidsvold TopX Saleyards were filled to capacity, with more than 90 bidders vying for the offering and a record number of stud breeders competing for the draft of bulls.
John and Anne Riley, of the Clanricard Stud, leapt out of the barriers early to secure lot one, Greenup Gustav, for $13,000.
Gustav was the Grand Champion Interbreed Bull earlier this year at FarmFest and was an ideal package for breeders wanting a dark red polled bull with thickness and sleek tropical coat.
On the heels of Gustav was another polled bull Greenup Gaffer, who was also secured by NSW stud breeders Ian and Louise MacCue, Tookey Creek Santa Gertrudis.
The equal top price of $15,000 was achieved early by Eidsvold Station Gavin, purchased by NSW breeder Andrew and Jules Orman, Benelkay Santa Gertrudis Stud. Gavin was a polled son of Eidsvold Station Duke, who displayed great thickness, a tidy underline and positive EBVs for fat.
The 23-month-old bull weighed 804kg, with an EMA of 118sq cm, P8 measurement of nine and rib fat measurement of six.
"We chose this bull for his growth for age figures and because we only sell poll bulls at home, the fact that he's a poll was a big factor. The bull's pedigree was something we were looking at to give us some out-cross genetics for our 350 stud santa cows," Mr Orman said.
Glen and Sharon Yeates, of the Tyndale stud, Nanango, also took home a stud polled bull, Eidsvold Station Gringo, a son of Greenup Bingo (Poll) out of a polled Vista V162 cow for $7500.
Eugene Matthews, Blue Range Station, Charters Towers, bought the other sale-topping bull, Eidsvold Station Giovani G192 (P), for $15,000. The 22-month-old bull, by Eidsvold Station Zoro, was an eye-catching bull, with a slick tropical coat and great overall balance that appealed to southern and northern breeders alike.
Robert and Jeanette Lord, Kilterry, Julia Creek, were volume buyers at the sale, putting together a draft of seven bulls for an average price of $5928. Mr and Mrs Lord run a commercial santa gertrudis herd as well as stud breeders to produce replacement bulls for their own and local use.
The Lords said they prefer using the Greenup Eidsvold Station bulls because the cattle are bred on tough country and adapt more easily to the northern conditions.
"We need our bulls to have good legs and feet for walking long distances and we are pretty fussy about the underlines, as we have rosella bush in this country and this can damage deeper- sheathed bulls. If a bull is right structurally we then look at their growth and eye muscle area and overall carcase type, then use the figures to refine that selection," Mrs Lord said.
Stud principal Rick Greenup said he was honoured to have a record numbers of santa gertrudis studs buying bulls on the day.
"We had at least seven studs purchase bulls at the sale and it a great honour when other breeders, whom you respect, appreciate your genetics," Mr Greenup said.
The commercial breeders also set a cracking pace on the day, with repeat clients Lindsay Hill, Marlborough, buying lot eight for $8500, locals Wes and Vicki-Lee Radke taking lot 27 for $8000, and Darcy and Kara Knudsen securing lot 28 for $10,000.
Mr Greenup said with the larger offering of bulls there was room for commercial clients to operate and put together good lines of bulls that offered excellent value, and he was pleased to welcome repeat clients Penny and Hugh Button, Crossmoor, Longreach, who took home a total of six bulls for an average price of $3916; E and L Peterson, Killarney, who bought four bulls for $3875; and Milton and Madeleine Hayes, Hayes Grazing Co, who bought seven bulls for an average price of $3428.
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