ANNIHILATING the 2014 sale records, a 23-month-old, black Brangus sire, Telpara Hills Van Damme sold for $110,000 at the 2014 annual Rockhampton Brangus sale.
Hogging all the headlines, the bull was purchased by Nebo Brangus and Wagyu producers, Mal and Sue Burston, Broadlea Station.
The couple produce high quality Brangus females to cross with Wagyu sires and were looking for a bull to inject improved marbling into their base herd.
“Van Damme is in the top 1 per cent of the Brangus breed for marbling and he should pass that on to his progeny,” Mr Burston said.
The resulting Wagyu/Brangus F1 cross are expected to present with enhanced marbling.
“He’s got marbling as high as you can possibly get in Brangus and can provide what we’re striving for.”
The GR Swift 209W3 son weighed 901kg, scored 12 and 10mm in rump and rib fat, measured an eye muscle area of 125sq cm and his intramuscular fat score was 6.1pc.
An added bonus is the marketability of the young sire’s semen.
“There is already a market for his semen here and overseas, so he’ll be collected at Rocky Repro and semen will be available through Telpara Hills next week,” Mr Burston said.
New stud owners, Michael and Kellie Silvester, Forest Hills Brangus stud, Capella, selected a three-year-old Doonside sire for $22,000 at the sale to cover their 120 strong stud breeder mob.
“We’ve only just started the stud in the last 12 months,” said Mrs Silvester who has been involved in the Brangus industry since she was 14 years old.
“We run a fairly decent size commercial operation but the kids can’t get in the yards because the cattle have been purchased and we don’t know them well enough.
“The kids and I do most of the cattle work so we want a herd that they can work too.”
Michael and Kellie Silvester (at front), Forest Hills, Capella paid $22,000 for Doonside 1845, a polled, Transformer of Brinks son. Vendor, Bill Geddes, Doonside Brangus, Milman is pictured with the new owners.
Mr and Mrs Silvester have two children, 7-year-old, Jayden and 6-year-old, Heidi.
The new stud sire was described by Mrs Silvester as an all-round package.
“He’s structurally correct.
“He’s got the length but also has the depth which is hard to find.”
Oaklands Invincible, a 28-month-old, Csonka of Brinks 30R3 son, listed by Neville and Megan Hansen, Kabra sold to David and Julie McCamley and sons, Palmal Brangus stud, Dingo, for $18,000.
The $15,000 price tag applied to two Telpara Hills bulls at the sale.
Eastwood, a 25-month-old, Csonka of Brinks 30R3 bull was purchased by David and Tracey Muscat, Brangaloo Brangus, Mackay while Bruce Burnham and Mark and Amanda Salisbury, Bimbadeen Brangus, Eidsvold took home Telpara Hills Jackman, a polled, black, CB Hombre 541T3 son.
Telpara Hills Stallone, a 27-month-old, Csonka of Brinks 30R4 son sold for $14,000 to the Dobe family, CPR Brangus, Gumlu.
Thomas Dixon, Bagstowe Station, Einsleigh, paid $14,000 for the Brinks Sundance son, Telpara Hills Gibson.
Creating a habit of topping the averages, Telpara Hills sold nine bulls to average $21,944.
Three bulls got to the $12,000 mark including a pair of Neville Hansen’s, Oaklands bulls and a Gunnadoo sire listed by Jeff and Kerri-Ann Parker.
Neville and Megan Hansen, Oaklands Brangus averaged $11,166 for six sires.
There were plenty active bulk buyers including Dan Kenny, Dartmoor Station, Collinsville who bought six bulls for the average price of $4083, Sid Godwin, Tanderra Station, Springsure, who averaged $4687 for eight bulls, Allan Williams, Riverside, Nebo, who paid the average price of $8833 for three bulls including a $12,000 Oaklands sire and the Hacon family, Buckingham Station, Boulia, who averaged $6100 for five bulls.
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