BUYERS from as far as Far North Queensland secured cattle from the Galloway family, Roma, during their Duarran Brangus Bull and Female Sale today.
Ian and Anne Galloway offered a total of 65 lots at their on-property sale with 41 of them selling for a 64 per cent clearance and an average of $4067.
Separately, 30 of the 44 bulls offered sold for a 68 per cent clearance and an average of $4766.
Top money was paid for lot 5, Duarran Latemore, who sold for $8000 to John and Nerida Allen, Mawson Brangus, Murgon.
The two-year-old registered polled son of Duarran Genoa was named senior champion at the Royal Queensland Show and had an eye muscle area of 138 cm sq, P8 and rib scans of 12/8 and a scrotal circumference of 37cm.
Latemore was the only purchase for John and Nerida Allen, who brought the bull over the phone with Landmark.
Mr Allen said due to work commitments they weren’t able to make the sale and actually hadn’t seen him in real life yet but he had caught his eye in the catalogue.
After speaking with stud principal Ian Galloway and selling agents he was confident the bull was suitable for his operation.
“I trust my eyes out there so it’s all good,” he said.
The couple grow strawberries and ginger on the Sunshine Coast and started their dream of owning cattle in 2004.
They now have 200 registered breeders on about 600 hectares of country at Murgon and have purchased Duarran bulls and heifers before.
Duarran stud principal Ian Galloway said the result was depicting of the current conditions but they were pleased with how their bulls were prepared.
“Our steers have always been very successful in feedlot trials and we are very pleased with the way the cattle have done on a short period of oats and their eye muscle area and their muscling ability and carcass traits,” he said.
“It was good to see cattle go from McKinlay through to Ingham and south to Wandoan and down to Moonie and everywhere.”
Bulk buyer in the bull draft was the Penna family, Kangaroo Hills Station, Ingham, who purchased eight bulls averaging $4937.
In the heifer draft, 11 of the 21 head offered sold for a clearance of 52 per cent and an average of $2159.
The top price was paid for lot 71, a two-year-old heifer, selling for $2750 to Redline Cattle Co, Eidsvold.
Other major buyers on the day were Strathfield Pastoral Company, Strathfield Station, McKinlay, who brought seven bulls averaging $4642 while all but one of the heifers on offer were snapped up by the Curr family, Cloncurry, who purchased 10 of the females to average $2100.
Selling agents: Elders and Landmark