QUIET, cost effective and productive were words used to describe the draft of the 28th annual Highlands Droughtmaster Bull Sale held in Clermont on Friday.
With a catalogue of 52 registered sires and 26 herd bulls on offer, agents and vendors went to work.
It was a tough day in the office as the sale saw a total clearance of 65 per cent, with final figures showing the 12 vendors collectively average $5912.
Ongoing dry conditions throughout the Central Highlands coupled with the disastrous weather events to the north resulted in a decrease of $1794 per head from the 2018 sales average.
Cracking the sale top for the day was Wajatryn 2499 (P) from Carolyn and Warren Kenny, Wajatryn Droughtmasters, Gayndah, selling for $18,000. The 28-month-old bull will find his new home with the Dahl Family, Brolga Gully, Baralaba.
The young bull sired by Wajatryn T- Rex (P) D5 and out of Wajatryn 3-228-H carried all 950 kilograms into the ring, with a 131cm sq eye muscle area, and boasted a scrotal circumference of 36cm.
"You bring to the sale what you feel represents your cattle best," Ms Kenny said.
"Warren and I are very grateful for the invitation and opportunity to sell at the sale, with this being our second year.
"It is always great to see your bulls go to such great cattle people."
The Wajatryn stud saw a total clearance and averaged a solid $9750 for the four bulls presented, with the stud's second top price for Wajatryn 2484 Landrover (P) selling to Ron and Robyn Roberton, By-Mingo Droughtmaster stud, Coalstoun Lakes.
Reaching into the pocket for second top price for the day were repeat buyers the Finger family, Lake Lofty, Dysart who bought local bull Strathfield 9JE Joker (P) for $12,000 from vendors Josh and Brodie Perry, Strathfield 9JE, Fletchers Awl, Clermont.
Strathfield 9JE Joker impressed bidders, boasting a recorded weight of 955kg, a 45cm scrotal circumference, a 123sq cm EMA and an equally impressive temperament.
"He was the pick of the draft. With a bit of length, a bit of depth, good sheath and a desirable head, he is exactly what we look to breed," Josh Perry said.
Strathfield 9JE stud also sold second top price in 2018 with Strathfield 9JE Irresistable selling for $20,000 to the Finger family of Lake Lofty.
The Finger family purchased three bulls at the sale which included a Wajatryn bull and also the top priced herd bull for the sale Almafi 16114, who sold for $11,000 on account of vendors James and Aleisha Pisaturo, Almafi Droughtmasters Inga Downs, Dingo.
Vendors James and Aleisha Pisaturo sold three bulls to average $6833.
John and Estelle Baccon, Mt Oscar Droughtmasters, Gracemere sold all three registered sires offered to average $4166.
Redskin Droughtmasters averaged $5660 from the six head sold in the ring.
Kenlogan Droughtmaster stud sold two registered sires to average $6000.
The York family of Karragarra Droughtmaster stud, Emerald sold six bulls to average $5000.
Shane and Wendy Perry of local stud Strathfield Droughtmasters sold six bulls to gross $36,000, with Strahfield Jahmal selling for $10,500 to the Messer Family, Clermont.
Medway Droughtmasters, Boguntungan sold a total of nine bulls to average $5950, which included several head selling to bulk buyers Jumba Holdings, Charters Towers and also Malden Grazing, Alpha.
Jumba Holdings secured a total of eight bulls from studs grossing $38,5000 to average $4812.
Malden Grazing took home four head to average $4625 which included bulls from the Almafi, Medway and Karragarra studs.
Buying up in bulk saw Carruthers Pastoral, Wendourie Station, Alpha purchase six bulls to average $5083 from studs Medway, Mt Oscar, Redskin and Oasis.
The Geddes family of Oasis Droughtmasters sold five herd bulls to average $4800 per head.
Sam and Jane Barton of Huntly Droughtmasters averaged $4800 from the stud's five bulls sold.
"Buyers filled up at the start," Elders agent Robert Murray said.
"It was a good pen of bulls but the sale just ran out of buyers.
"Some bulls were simply out of bidders' budgets, which is a true sign of what is happening in the north and what we see with drought.
"This sale is a classic example of good bulls and a good sale."
As sales throughout Central Queensland kick off, charitable generosity continues to shine through. More than $2550 was raised on the day for the Royal Flying Doctor Service, with studs donating $50 from each bull sold in the ring to the worthy cause.
Selling Agents: Elders and Landmark