Ascot Autumn bull and heifer sale attracted a large panel of cattle buyers searching for quality Charolais and Angus genetics on Wednesday.
The sale started strongly with the first five Angus bulls averaging close to $10,000 and reaching a top of $12,000 twice for lot 3, Ascot Monarch M344, and lot 4, Ascot Magnum M579 (AI) (ET), bulls.
The 21-month-old Monarch bull was the heaviest in the sale at 1018kg with an eye muscle area of 130cm sq, plus a fat cover of 18 millimetres on the rump and 10 millimetres on the rib area. The bull sold to Matt and Kristie Lisle, Grosvenor Park, Kunwarara. The 19-month-old Ascot Magnum bull weighed 820kg with 14 millimetres of fat on the rump and 10 millimetres of fat on the rib area, plus 112cm sq eye muscle area. The bull was purchased by Bill, Margie and Bradley Doak, Bundarra, NSW.
Strong competition continued between cattle buyers with lot 7 Ascot Maestro M538 (AI) topping the Angus bull section at $16,000 and selling to Rob and Beth McKinlay, Austral Park Pastoral Co, Kabra. The Ascot Maestro bull was sired by $150,000 Millah Murrah Kingdom and was 21-months-old with a strong eye muscle area 122cm sq, plus fat cover of 18 millimetres on the rump and 12 millimetres on the rib area. The bull will now go to work in the McKinlay family’s commercial cattle herd to produce high-quality weaner cattle, plus some herd bulls.
The McKinlay family also bought lot 5 Ascot Milestone M514 (AI) Angus bull for $10,000 during the sale. The 21-month-old Milestone bull weighed 914kg with 16 millimetres of fat on his rump and 10 millimetres of fat on the rib area, plus an eye muscle area of 127cm sq.
In the Ascot Charolais sale section, lot 33 Ascot Marvel M21E (AI) (P) bull also reached $16,000 and sold to Frank Sorranghan, Wagga Wagga, NSW. The 24-month-old Marvel bull weighed 940kg with an eye muscle area of 135cm sq.
A second top price of $14,000 was achieved during the sale by lot 35 Ascot Monolith M10E (P) (R/F) bull who sold to Drayton Pastoral, NSW.
A charity heifer, lot 60 Ascot Ruby M577, was kindly donated by Jim and Jackie Wedge to the Cherish Women’s Cancer Foundation and sold to $3500 during the sale. The heifer was purchased by the Stiff family, Broadwater Angus, Warwick.
Top price heifer of the sale was lot 102, Ascot Brenda N320, Angus unjoined heifer who sold for $13,000. The quality female was bought by Shane Adams, East West Angus, Upper Bingara, NSW.
The volume buyer was Camm Agricultural Group who spend $68,500 buying 13 bulls during the sale. Second volume buyer of the sale was the Stiff family, Broadwater Angus, Warwick who spent $40,500 buying 12 head of stud cattle.
Overall, Ascot Angus bulls topped at $16,000 and averaged $7161 for 28 sold, while Ascot Charolais bulls also reached $16,000 and averaged $7037 for 27 bulls sold. Ascot Angus heifers hit a $13,000 top and averaged $3750 for 42 head sold, while Ascot Charolais recorded a $2893 sale average for 28 head sold during the sale. A total of 125 head of Angus and Charolais bulls and heifers were sold during the sale.