The NK Brahman stud held their annual sale last week in Springsure, and saw 45 of 47 bulls offered sell for an average of $5188.
Top priced bull was lot 29, NK 1192 (P) who sold to the Becker family at Jarrah Cattle Company over the phone through Brock Palmer, Emerald Land and Cattle Company (Livestock), for $19,000.
The sale grossed $233,500 for a clearance of 95 per cent.
NK 1192 was a polled 781kg bull with an EMA of 137cm sq and a scrotal circumference of 40cm.
The second top priced bull of the sale was lot six, NK 1234, who sold for $11,000 to W and S Pickersgill, Geneva, Theodore.
NK 1234 was a horned bull of 912kg with an EMA of 145cm sq, and a scrotal circumference of 37cm.
The volume buyer of the sale was Baldy Bay, Bedford Downs, Western Australia.
Baldy Bay went home with nine bulls, including one grey bull and eight reds. Their eight bulls grossed $27,000 for an average of $3000.
Going home with five bulls from the sale was Ingelara grazing, Rolleston, who purchased five grey bulls. Their bulls grossed $34,500 for an average of $6900.
Ingelara’s top priced purchase was lot five, NK 1211, which they purchased for $10,000. NK 1211 boasted a weight of 905kg, an EMA of 138cm sq, and a scrotal circumference of 42cm.
Top priced bull purchaser Sam Becker, Jarrah Cattle Company, Glenarchy, Banana, purchased the bull over the phone and said he was confident he was a good purchase.
Carcase is the main trait we focus on, because with this DEXA technology coming in we believe the fine line between enough bone and enough carcase is where the industry will be heading.
“I had inspected him in the paddock and his carcase, temperament, and breed character is what took my attention,” he said.
Mr Becker said he knew he was a good bull, and had expected to pay about what he did to take him home, where he will be used in the family’s bull breeding operation.
The Beckers breed Herefords, Redfords, and Jarrah Red bulls, and also have a commercial operations and a background operation where they supply to the feed-on market.
Mr Becker said he has recently been focusing on carcase when selecting new bulls.
“Carcase is the main trait we focus on, because with this DEXA technology coming in we believe the fine line between enough bone and enough carcase is where the industry will be heading,” he said.
NK 1192 was Mr Becker’s first purchase from NK Brahmans, but he said he had been following them for years.
Vendor Fiona Skinner said she was thrilled with the result of the sale, which was well and truly up from last year’s.
“Last year the average was down and we only had about a 75 per cent clearance,” she said.
“So it was exceptionally good, I’m glad people came out even though they’re still dry.”
Selling agents: Elders.