Hereford bulls sold to a record of $26,000 at Thornleigh Hereford’s 33rd Annual Bull Sale last Wednesday week and averaged an affordable $4,600 for the 39 bulls sold.
The sale got off to a cracking start with the top priced bull, Thornleigh Jerry C285, by Kaludah Jerry and out of an Onslow Sharka S106 female, coming in as Lot 1. Jerry C285 had excellent figures behind him with growth in the top 5% and eye muscle and intramuscular fat data in the top 15% of the Hereford breed. At 21 months he weighed 845 kilograms with 120cm squared eye muscle area.
Bidding over the phone from Warragul in the Gippsland of Victoria, eventual purchaser, Bruce Armstrong of Sheldon Park Herefords, was pushed to the top money by Frank Hannigan of Franco Hereford stud, Casino. Jerry C285 had recently been awarded the Reserve Senior Champion bull at the Brisbane Exhibition.
Second top money of $14,000 was paid for the Brisbane Exhibition Grand Champion bull, Thornleigh Sharka D103, who will also head south to Gelantipy in Victoria for new owners Ms Julie and Amy Rogers of Bayrook Pastoral Company.
Ecstatic with the quality and muscle content in the 19 month old bull who is by Thornleigh Sharka Z258, the Rogers bought another son of Z258 for $4,000.
New buyer Angus Moore of Nowley Pastoral Company, Burren Junction, paid $8,000 for Thornleigh Sullivan C189 by CC 56M Sullivan 42R to use the bull over both heifers and cows in their operation.
Len and Peter Clarke of LP Herefords at Kyogle bid to $7,000 to secure Lot 7, Thornleigh Sharka C103. This powerful sire tipped the scales at 1140 kilograms and had an eye muscle area of 138 square cm. They were impressed with the bull’s terrific muscle pattern and great skin and hair.
Repeat buyers were again active at Thornleigh with the Johnson family of Midgee Pastoral Company, Come-By-Chance, securing three bulls at $3333 while the Woods family of Guyra who have been buying Thornleigh bulls since 1980, also bought three bulls at a $3333 average.
Angus Monie of Merlan, Walcha, was also very pleased with his purchase of three bulls. Other repeat buyers were Michael Lyons of Parmedman Pastoral Company, Quirindi, paying an average of $5250 for his two bulls and Rob and Annabel Sides of Bellview, Inverell – two bulls at a $4250 average.
Of 55 bulls offered, 39 bulls were sold, which was the only aspect that stud principal Ben Monie would like to have seen a little bit better. “The bulls were appreciated for their depth of quality, temperament and evenness, and I feel that if the season had have been a little more fa-vourable then we may have moved a few more”. “The top end was really well supported and there were also some excellent buying opportunities – half of the bulls sold for less than $4000 which represents extremely good value for money,” Mr Monie said.