Sale summary: 113 bulls av $4707, top price $8000, 76pc clearance.
Alpha’s Chris and Sue Zahl, Wycheproof Pastoral Co, bought the top priced bull, from Pathfinder Angus stud, Victoria, at the Australian Topstock bull sale at Barcaldine on Friday.
The pair, who say they are still having an ordinary season, paid $8000 for Pathfinder Genesis M168, a son of one of the stud’s top sires.
Almost the top weight bull in the Pathfinder catalogue, at 890kg, he had a scrotal circumference of 48cm.
Vendor, Nick Moyle, said one thing about Queensland cattle producers was that they were made of tough stuff.
“We were always going to come up here because we want something regular in Queensland but we really sympathise with the people and the season they’re having,” he said. “I think today showed that people still need bulls.”
A small percentage of bulls went to Longreach, Stonehenge, Barcaldine and Muttaburra buyers, but the majority were sold to Roma, St George, Clermont, Rockhampton, Charters Towers and Cairns regions.
The Anderson family, registered with Elders Clermont, paid $6500 for another Pathfinder Genesis offspring, The Glen Genesis M225, offered by The Glen Angus stud.
Kate McKeering, Barcaldine, paid, $5000 twice for Red Angus bulls from Kurra-Wirra, while Ryrie Grazing, registered with Landmark Charleville, paid $6000 for a Red Angus Senepol bull from Kurra-Wirra.
Ardrossan Angus, selling for the first time in the Barcaldine Topstock sale, made a top price of $6500 with a bull to Waroona Pastoral Co, Stonehenge.