One hundred and twelve registered bidders from across a wide area descended upon Keera Station for the 94th annual Booroomooka Bull Sale last Friday. The bidding was fierce and the results were strong. All 211 bulls on offer sold, which equated to a 100 percent clearance on the day.
“We had the best line up of bulls we have ever had and I’m ecstatic with the results,” said Sinclair Munro. “We had excellent quality of bulls where the buyers purchased them at value prices. It was incredible to have 100% clearance.”
There was great diversity of bidders from central and southern NSW to Southern QLD as well as strong local representation of buyers within a 300km of Bingara. “The buyers didn’t need as many bulls this year so they were more selective on what they bought. As a result, there wasn’t the competition we normally have between buyers at this year’s sale,” explains Sinclair.
Despite the current climate, the average sale price was $6156 with two bulls on the day reaching the top price of $14,000. The first bull to reach $14,000 was 24 month year old Booroomooka Nicconi N139, who was purchased by Scott Myers on behalf of Stephen and Sally Dunne of Myanga Angus stud, Chatsbury, located north of Goulburn in the Southern Tablelands of NSW. He was sired by Ayrvale Bartel E7 and out of Booroomooka Wander L222. This bull weighed 862kg with a scrotal size of 42cm and was in the top 1% for most of the recorded traits.
“It is a credit to Sinclair Munro to present 238 bulls as strongly as they have in such a tough season,” explains Scott Myers, stud manager of Myanga Angus. “What drew me up to the sale was the results of the bulls in the Angus Breeding Index and the carcase value and data; they’re absolutely off the charts.”
“I was extremely lucky and fortunate to secure both bulls I was interested in, Lot 10 and Lot 19, which I believed were the stand out bulls due to being big footed, sound, and their clean sheaths. They will compliment our AI sires from overseas perfectly as well always like to use Australian walking cattle like genetics to blend.”
The Booroomooka Bulls are rigorously selected for fertility, structural soundness, good type and quiet temperament as well as renowned for being resilient and adapted to cope with lower quality native grasses and seasonal fluctuations.
“We’re always aiming at improving our cattle and it was an amazing result to sell all our bulls,” says Sinclair. “We’re grateful for our loyal and repeat customers and it was wonderful to see new buyers as well.”
The second bull to reach top selling price of $14,000 was 24-month-old Booroomooka Prophet N117, who was purchased by Dave Sweeney and Mitchell Gibson of Highview Stock Co. He was sired by G A R Prophet and out of Booroomooka Untouched A8, weighing in at 898kg with a scrotal of 42cm, ticked all the boxes for Highview Stock Co.
“This bull has excellent growth, marbling and ease of calving which is exactly what we were looking for,” explains Mitchell Gibson. “We bought here last year and returned as we are thrilled with the results.”
The bulk buyer of the day was Michael Gallagher from Plumthorpe, Barraba, who purchased a total of 12 bulls for an average of $7,000 and two bulls priced at a top of $9,000.
The sale was conducted by Davidson Cameron and Co with online support from Auctions Plus. Catering on the day was provided by the Bingara Westpac Helicopter Charity Committee. “Thank you to everyone who came today; good luck with our beautiful bulls which we are very proud of.
Congratulations to the agents and staff who auctioned off the bulls so efficiently,” said Sinclair Munro at the conclusion of the auction.
211 Bulls Sold, with Lot 19 Booroomooka Nicconi N139 taking top spot selling for $14,000. A total sale gross of $1.299 million, averaging $6156.