The annual Big S Group sale held at the Toowoomba Showgrounds on Thursday saw a top price of $10,000 hit three times by sires from John and Rosemaree McCarthy, Rosehill Santa Gertrudis, Clifton.
The sale saw seven vendors present a selection of 31 Santa Gertrudis cattle with bulls reaching an average of $5885.
The first bull to reach the $10,000 was 29-month-old Rosehill Norman 31 (ET) (AI) (P), this year's Toowoomba Royal Show supreme champion exhibit and Farmfest Battle of the Bull's grand champion, bought by John and Kate McLoughlin, Rainbow, Rolleston.
Next to hit the $10,000 mark was 23-month-old Rosehill Phillip (ET) (AI) (P), bought by Ben Adams, Dangarfield Santa Gertrudis, Taroom.
Mr Adams said he was looking for fresh bloodlines for their herd, and found Phillip a "polly bull with good skin and plenty of length and carcase quality about him".
He will most likely be used in a single sire herd.
Rounding out the top prices was 27-month-old Rosehill Nathan (AI), bought by Sam Jerrard, Robinson Creek, Taroom.
Mr McCarthy said there had been strong interest in all three bulls prior to the day.
The second top price bull, 21-month-old Nioa Nexus N11 (P), offered by Nioa Santa Gertrudis, Allora, sold for $8000 to Peter Mahony, Gyranda, Theodore.
Seven lots sold under the hammer with a further eight selling immediately after the sale for an on-the day clearance of 48 per cent.
Elders auctioneer Andrew Meara said a number of good quality bulls were in demand during the sale but several regular buyers weren't present this year.
"With the season being so devastating in the southern corner of Queensland, it made for a tough sale," he said.
Agents: Elders, Landmark