DEMAND continued for the Ultrablack section at the Palgrove annual bull sale with 57 out of 57 bulls selling to $19,000 for a $10,350 average.
This solid result again reflected the Bondfield family’s renewed commitment to carcase quality and yield with the Ultrablack sale draft average scans recorded at EMA 123sq cms, Fat Cover 11 and 7 and IMF of 5.9 per cent with 44pc of the bulls scanning over 6pc for IMF with eight bulls over 7pc which included their yearlings.
The first bull into the ring Palgrove Logo (P) attracted the $19,000 top money from Wepack Pty Ltd of Kenilworth on advice from Midge Thompson, Aussie Land and Livestock, Kingaroy.
Wepack members Tim Elliott, Mieke Fortune and Andrew Blissett wanted a lead sire for their Ultrablack breeding program which is aimed at breeding tropical Angus.
Wepack spokesman Tim Elliott said the two-year-old, 906kg son of Triple B Global G11 was more the Angus type especially with his carcase attributes – eye muscle area 137, 12 and 8 for fat and marbling IMF percentage of 5.7.
“He (Logo) had the skin of a seal, great thickness across his spine with a big hindquarter in a super long body,” said Mr Elliott.
Volume Ultrablack buyer was Consolidated Pastoral Company, Newcastle Waters Station, Northern Territory which accounted for 10 bulls for a $10,500 average.
Consolidated Pastoral were operating through AuctionsPlus with Emily Porter on hand to fine tune Bob Jakins and Paul Holm of Elders technology skills.
Central Highlands-based commercial operators Mt Douglas Pastoral Company, Mt Douglas, Clermont bought five quality bulls with plenty of natural thickness for an $11,400 average and paid up to $17,000 for Palgrove Larrikan (P).
Larrikan was one of the first calves by home-bred sire, Palgrove Hardy H11 which carries two of the most powerful American Brangus bulls in his pedigree being Csonka of Brinks and CB Hombre.
Another commercial producer to buy five Ultrablack bulls was Bailey Properties, Paradise Downs, Blackall, paying an average of $11,600 for their selections.
Palgrove’s Ultrablack sale bull numbers are accelerating every year, with producers from far North Queensland to the Northern Territory, north to Victoria and across to South Australia now using these versatile Ultrablack ‘Angus type’ sires in a variety of breeding programs.