Top heifer fetches $18k at Cooloola sale

PRIME BEEF: The National Droughtmaster female sale held last week.
PRIME BEEF: The National Droughtmaster female sale held last week. Peter And Bevly Hughes

THE national droughtmaster female sale held at the Cooloola Saleyards has bucked the downward trends regarding prices.

A total of 127 head sold in the ring out of 140 head offered. There was a 24% pre-sale withdrawal due to weather conditions and the ability of some studs to get trucks in and out of their yards.

As has been the case with many recent stud cattle sales, the results were dominated by two or three buyers and at this sale River Bend Droughtmasters at Gympie and the Richardson family at Cedar Creek near Beaudesert made the bulk of the purchases.

Total sales were more than $320,500 and across all animals offered the average was more than $2500.

Highlight of the sale came late in the catalogue at Lot 162; a 17-month-old unjoined heifer Bryvonlea Jemma 2 offered by Brian and Yvonne Heck at Glastonbury sold for $18,000 to the Richardson family.

Bidding for Jemma 2, a Vale View Ripper daughter progressed rapidly from the start being one of the few on the day to attract $1000 bids.

Cedar Creek also purchased the other three unjoined heifers by VV Ripper offered by Bryvonlea for $14,000, $10,500 and $5500 to cap a successful day for the Hecks who received congratulations from many other breeders at the sale.

As part of the Jemma 2 sale, Hecks offered to take the heifer to the Gatton Futurity for the new owners if required.

Selling just prior to the Bryvonlea offerings the Johnston family, Craiglea Droughtmasters, Kenilworth sold the four unjoined heifers offered to a top of $9000 and an average of $6250. Two were Billabong Tad daughters while the others were by Fairhaven Cassanova and Rondel Monopoly.

Dave and Colleen Smiths, Vale View Droughtmasters at Manumbar offered eight unjoined and sold for a total of just under $29,000 to average $3620.

Only three cows and calves were offered with a top of $2500 for Cedar View Imitate with her first calf born in late December at foot.

The joined female section saw all but one of the 34 offered sold in the ring with top price of $14,000 being paid by River Bend for RSVP Footloose to Wundaburra Konqueror and by Ivanhoe Force out of The Argyle Fiona.

The Spann family, Minlacowie, Goovigen sold 25-month-old M Trixie six months PTIC to Billabong Richmond for $8000. While some were passed in, most vendors should have met the market on the day.

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