- Shorthorns: Top $57,500; av $7625; sold 84; 100pc clearance.
- Durham Reds: Top $9500; $5364; sold 11; 100pc clearance.
- Durham Blacks: Top $7500; av $5300; sold 11; 92pc clearance.
- Durham Blacks Yearlings: Top $3000; av $3000; sold 7; 72pc clearance.
A 23-month-old son of The Grove F516 topped last week's The Grove Shorthorn bull sale at a record breaking $57,500.
The Grove Gigabytes J0837 sold to Sprys Shorthorns, Wagga Wagga, NSW, and Arubial Shorthorns. Gigabytes weighed in at 960kg and sits in the top one per cent of the breed for the MSA-B2 index.
Gerald Spry, Sprys Shorthorns, Wagga Wagga, NSW, was impressed on behalf of the successful syndicate with the overall balance The Grove Gigabytes J0837 displayed.
"He is a bull really well suited to producing progeny to excel in the MSA or high end beef production systems," Mr Spry said.
"He has great cover combined with top of the tree IMF and a fantastic disposition. He should really drive genetic gain in our industry with the quality traits he exhibits."
The under-bidder on Gigabytes was the Munro family, Weebollabolla Shorthorns, Moree.
The Grove's 32nd annual on-property sale last Thursday was a tremendous result for the Morgan families of Myall Grove and the Shorthorn breed. Strong support came from Queensland, Northern Territory, NSW and Western Australia.
Second top price of $45,000 was paid for The Grove J0110 which was bought for another prominent Shorthorn herd, Yamburgan Shorthorns, Narrabri, NSW. The solid red polled sire was also ranked in the top 1pc of the breed for the MSA-B2 Index.
The third top priced bull at $19,000 was was another polled red sire who was bought by Lanstal Shorthorns, Pinjarra, WA, who were the under-bidders on the Lot 6 sire as well. The bull ranked in the top 5pc of the breed for the MSA-B2 index and will be used heavily in Lanstal's large performance recorded herd.
The sale was also well supported by repeat volume buyers securing multiple lots. Pigurra Grazing took 10 lots for a $3700 average, BKM Pastoral also secured 10 lots for a $5350 average, Brownlie Grazing averaged $7388 for their nine, Yambah Props draft of eight for $4250, M&A Rayner secured seven for a $6357 average, Deepwater Farming's five bulls averaged $10,700. Alcoota Station bought a line of five Durham Reds for a $7700 average and H&M McIntyre paid a $3800 average for five Durham Blacks.
The Grove co-principal Spencer Morgan was extremely pleased with the results.
"It was a very satisfying day to have such wonderful support from the long time users of our genetics and also to see some new faces using The Groves genetics for the first time," Mr Morgan said.
"We can now hope these bulls go and do the job for their new owners and that the resulting progeny will be offered to market at prices similar to today's."