TOUGH eastern Australian seasonal conditions failed to dent the enthusiasm of buyers at the annual Palgrove bull sale at Strathgarve, Dalveen, today.
Buyers from from four states and the Northern Territory launched in the quality offering with the draft of 97 Charolais bulls topping $36,000 to average $10,325. The 61 Ultrablacks peaked at $22,000 to average $7451.
Sale topper was the red factor homozygous poll Palgrove Muchmore, which sold to Stephen and Alison Kajewski, Bettafield Charolais, Emerald. The 1065kg son of Palgrove How Awesome entered the sale ring with a 153sq cm eye muscle area and a 42cm scrotal circumference.
The Hopgood family, Hopgood Charolais, Moonie, paid the second top price – $28,000 for the Jericho son Palgrove Monument. The polled bull had a very impressive 5.7 per cent of intramuscular fat.
Victorian bull breeders Mount Williams Partners invested $23,000 in the poll Palgrove Moderator, who came with high performance EBVs and a massive 145sq cm EMA.
Mac and Gayle Shann, Cantaur Park, Clermont, paid the same money for the homozygous poll Palgrove Main Event, by Silverstream Evolution (P).
Palgrove Ultrablacks sold $22,000 to average $7451.
Eric and Lyn Slack-Smith, Gladevale, Richmond, paid the top money for Palgrove Marshall a 24-and-a-half month old ET son of Hollywood of Salacoa. He entered the sale ring weighing 926kg with a 138sq cm EMA and 6.7pc IMF.
The ET poll Palgrove Mainstay went to Hewitt Cattle Company, Emerald, for $16,000. The Triple B Global son offered plenty of frame and a 138sq cm EMA.
Don and Kay Gordon, Burn Meadows, Emerald, paid $15,000 for Palgrove Meteor, another poll by Global. Meteor had a standout 7pc IMF.
Volume buyer with eight Ultrablacks was Consolidated Pastoral Company.
Dart Pastoral Company, Injune; Coleraine, Richmond; Nemunmulla Pastoral Company; and Acland Pastoral Company all bought six at the Palgrove sale.
In summary, the 158 Charolais and Ultrablack bulls averaged $9215.
A total of 34 buyers registered to bid on AuctionsPlus adding to the strong competition today’s well attended sale.
Selling agents were Elders, Landmark, and George & Fuhrmann.