Four outstanding sale highs at Booroomooka

August 18, 2015

A mix of stud and commercial buyers took part in some, at times, lively bidding at the annual Booroomooka Angus bull sale last Friday. The sale saw 213 of the 216 bulls on offer sold for an average of $6,700. Prices ranged from $3,000 to $25,000.

There were four outstanding sale highs. James Harris of Abbington Station, Bundarra, paid $25,000 for Lot 102, Booroomooka Bartel J338, by HIOE7 Ayrvale Bartel E7.  Another bull by the same sire was second top priced bull, Lot 58, bought by Richard and Jan Baillie of Wyagdon Angus, Bathurst for $20,000.

Guy and Suz Lord of Branga Plains Pastoral Co, Walcha, bought Lot 83 for $19,000, while Lot 22 went to Una Denham of Tingha for $18,000.

While buyers came from as far as King Island, Bordertown in SA, and as far north as Augathella in Queensland, the majority of buyers were within 200 km of Bingara.

Local buyers included Tulla Tulla partnership, Peter Odell, Netherby Grange, P and L Clarke, David and Helen Nicolle and Andrew Anderson, who each bought one bull, McDouall and Co bought three bulls, Castletop Pastoral Co bought six bulls, Tom Groth from Linden Past co bought two bulls, George and Gwen Boland bought six bulls, Araleun Partnership bought five bulls, and Gavin Turner two bulls.

Local agents Russell Smyth for Ray White Rural and Damien Crump JA McGregor Livestock bought bulls on behalf of clients.

Volume buyer for the day was Plumthorpe Past Co. at Barraba who bought 14 bulls.

Doug and Wendy Collins from King Island Beef, who buy bulls at Booroomooka every year, bought 11.

Booroomooka Angus 2015
Auctioneer Luke Scicluna, Sinclair and Hugh Munro pictured with top selling bull, Lot 102, Booroomooka Bartel J338. Photo by CJO Photography.

The auctioneers, Luke Scicluna and Daniel McCulloch kept the bidding going at a brisk pace, with the sale completed in just over three hours.

Stud principal, Sinclair Munro also paid tribute to the staff who he brought into the sale ring at the conclusion of the sale, in recognition of the work they put into the sale.

“They really don’t get much recognition for the great work they do, no one ever sees them, they are out the back doing all the hard yards,” Mr. Munro said.

Mr. Munro said he was pleased with the sale.

“There were bulls for everyone at the sale, there were bulls for stud breeders, and good value bulls for commercial cattle producers. I thought that was a good part of the day,” he said.

He noted that 92 of the bulls sold for $5,000 or less.

“I have had some emails from people who attended the sale, from away, and they said they have never seen a sale in their lifetime with such a consistent line of bulls, which was quite nice to hear.”

A total of 157 registered buyers registered for the sale.