The freshly christened Roma Droughtmaster Bull Sale will return for its 22nd year on Friday, October 19, with 208 commercially-oriented bulls set to enter the Roma Saleyards selling ring.
Vendors always send robust, beefy and active sires to Roma, with the requirements of commercial producers in mind.
Sale committee member Sharon Harms, said they’ll be looking to build on the success of the first Droughtmaster-only sale held in 2017, up until which point it was known as the Roma Tropical Bull Sale and was coordinated in conjunction with the Australian Brahman Breeders Association.
“Although the average was down slightly last year due to the inclusion of more than 30 additional Droughtie bulls, we still had a 92 per cent sale clearance and a top price of $30,000 which was a pleasing outcome,” Sharon said.
It was Eversleigh Juggernaut, offered by Roger and Jenny Underwood, Pine Hills, Wallumbilla which topped the sale last year when he was purchased by Michael and Tracey Flynn, Valera Vale, Charleville.
Second top price of the sale was lot 100, Karragarra Natural, offered by Wayne and Ingrid York, Emerald, who sold for $14,000 to the Carrington family, Rondel Droughtmasters, Winton.
Sharon said the 2018 sale, which will begin at 10am, will feature bulls from 36 vendors, including four first-timers, scattered between northern NSW and Central Queensland and all points in between.
“Vendors always send robust, beefy and active sires to Roma, with the requirements of commercial producers in mind. Testament to this goal, are the high number of progeny from past sale sires sold as steers and heifers at the weekly Roma sales.
She said the location of the sale is a big drawcard for many prospective buyers.
“The Roma Saleyards is like the crossroads to the north, east, south and west, making it a very convenient location to purchase at.
“Transport out of the centre is also very efficient, with bulls beating their buyers home at times.”
Pre-sale inspections of the draft will be available from mid-afternoon on the day prior to the sale. All bulls will be scanned, vet checked and vaccinated as well.
Following the inspections a meet and greet evening sponsored by Midwest Rural Traders will be held at the saleyards, providing vendors and buyers with a chance to discuss the bulls available for sale over drinks and nibblies.
Sharon said the sale catalogue is available online at romadroughtmasters.com.au and suggests liking the sale Facebook page to stay up-to-date with sale news.