Top Droughtie females set for Gympie

Numbers up for National Female Sale

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Chris Heness paid $11,000 equal top money in 2018 for Sugerland Jingle (P) from Will Haviland, Sugerland Stud.

Chris Heness paid $11,000 equal top money in 2018 for Sugerland Jingle (P) from Will Haviland, Sugerland Stud.

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A total of 30 highly regarded Droughtmaster stud breeders have selected 169 females for the 2019 National Female Sale being held at the Gympie Saleyards on March 9, from 9am.

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A total of 30 highly regarded Droughtmaster stud breeders scattered between the southern Queensland border, west to Chinchilla, Moura, Emerald, and Rockhampton have selected 169 females for the 2019 National Female Sale.

The sale will again be held at the Gympie Saleyards on Saturday, March 9, from 9am, with the sale catalogue to comprise 11 cows and calves, 21 joined heifers and 137 unjoined heifers.

Sale coordinator Brian Heck said the sale will include a diverse range of genetics featuring some of the latest bloodlines available from around Australia.

“The National Female Sale provides a great place to source genetics, whether you’re starting off with Droughtmasters or an established operator wanting to upgrade and diversify your stud breeding herd,” Brian said.

“It’s also a great sale for the commercial buyer wanting to upgrade their herd,” he said.

“Each year the quality of the draft keeps improving and I believe you’ll find a female or two there to meet your budget and requirements.”

Brian said all sale attendees are invited to come to the traditional barbecue the night before the sale to enjoy Nolan’s famous steaks, catch-up with the vendors, prospective buyers and agents, and view the females for sale.

“The sale lots will be available for inspection from 3pm, Friday, March 8, which will lead into the barbecue which will begin at 6.30pm.”

Vendor Kerri McKenzie, Hamadra Stud, buyer Chris Heness and Landmark’s Mark Scholes with the $11,000 equal top-priced heifer of the 2018 sale, Hamadra Hazel (P).

Vendor Kerri McKenzie, Hamadra Stud, buyer Chris Heness and Landmark’s Mark Scholes with the $11,000 equal top-priced heifer of the 2018 sale, Hamadra Hazel (P).

Brian said Gympie Saleyards is now a clearing dip, so buyers from clean country can have their purchases scratched and dipped to clear straight after the sale.

Strong demand for quality females pushed the year-on-year sale average upwards at the 2018 sale.

Overall 130 females averaged $3238 while selling to a top price of $11,000 twice while achieving a clearance rate of 98 per cent. In the breakdown a pair of cows and calves averaged $3250, 19 joined heifers averaged $3868 and 109 unjoined heifers averaged $3128.

Post-sale, Droughtmaster Society CEO Neil Donaldson said it was a well-deserved result for the sale vendors whose offering of outstanding quality Droughtmaster females met with enthusiastic bidding by buyers from all points of the compass.

“The sale result once again demonstrated the popularity of the Droughtmaster breed,” Neil said at the time.

Following the success of “live streaming” and “internet bidding” at the National Bull Sale the last couple of years, this concept is being introduced at the 2019 National Female Sale.

Elite Livestock Auctions will provide this service with links via the National Female Sale website and the Droughtmaster Society website.

Catalogues for the 2019 National Female Sale will be available by mid-February.

Please contact the Droughtmaster Society office for your copy on (07) 3281 0056 or email office@droughtmaster.com.au.

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