The Hicks family’s Australian Beef Composite and Red Angus bulls were well received by commercial producers during their bull sale last week.
We have been returning to buy from the Hicks family for 12 years.
Buyers from four different states secured the genetics as 65 of 68 bulls averaged $4569.
Individually, 11 Red Angus bulls sold to average $5681 and reached a $13,000 top.
The 37 black composites sold to a top of $10,000 and averaged $4310 while the red composite draft saw 17 bulls sell to $7000 and average $4411.
The top price Red Angus bull, Hicks Henry Packer M137, by the prominent herd sire, Hicks Henry H61, was purchased by return buyers Kevin and Libby Heggen, Binginwarri, Victoria, who also purchased Hicks Premier for $8000.
Mr Heggen said the bull was big, attractive and free moving, showing the growth and muscle of his figures.
“We have been returning to buy from the Hicks family for 12 years and have followed the Hicks breeding program throughout our time,” he said.
“Both bulls were a standout with great overall EBV’s and progeny to back up the figures.”
The top price black composite bull, ABC M932, was a son of new sire CCR Boulder. The high volume bull with plenty of growth and muscle was purchased by Echuca Rural Transport, Echuca, Victoria.
The top price red composite bull, ABC M595, was purchased by Hourn and Bishop, QLD, through AuctionsPlus for $7000.
Leading the volume buyers, Warrembool Pastoral, Cooma, put together six black composite bulls to a top of $4000 on two occasions and averaged $3500, while AuctionsPlus bought 12 bulls.
SA and BA Smith Land and Cattle Co, Mt Panorama Station, Qld, purchased nine black composite bulls and averaged $3200, continuing a long term relationship with Hicks bulls.
Other volume buyers who purchased four bulls were Gado Management, King Island, Tasmania, to average $3720 and Cumberoona Pastoral Company, Binda, who averaged $3625.
The sale was conducted by Elders with Joe Wilks tallying the bids.