Blackwater stud and commercial Brangus breeder Gavin McKenzie again showed his willingness to dig deep for the right bulls when he paid a top price of $14,000 at the Duarran Brangus on-property sale at Roma last Friday.
Mr McKenzie paid the top money for Duarran Lucas – a 45 per cent content registered bull. Lucas weighed 810kg at 19-months-of-age and boasted an EMA of 124sq.cm. Mr McKenzie also parted with $10,000 for 20-month-old Duarran Lynch who was out of the same sire as Lucas, Duarran Ebor. Lynch weighed in at 706kg and had a scrotal measurement of 40cm.
Duarran Brangus principals, Ian and Anne Galloway, were forced to postpone their sale, inititally scheduled for September 22, due to heavy rain and flooding in the Roma district.
Mr Galloway acknowledged postponing a sale was problematic but said the resulting seasonal conditions were a fair consolation.
The Galloways offloaded 50 bulls under the hammer for an average of $6120. 27 registered Brangus females met very strong demand, averaging $2625 at 100 per cent clearance.
The volume bull buyer was the Handley family, trading as Andromeda Cattle Co, Eddington, Mungallala, who purchased 12 bulls including another Ebor son, Duarran Lyons, for $11,000. Their entire draft averaged $7750. Boulia’s Beauchamp family bought ten bulls averaging $4550. Other sales of note included Duarran Kapaldo which sold for $12,000 to Riverside Pastoral Co at Nebo.
Time and Lee White of Roma added 11 heifers to their growing Brangus herd while Mark Salisbury from Bimbadeen Brangus purchased nine heifers.
Selling agents: Elders and Landmark