Buoyed by a strong result at the recent Fitzroy Crossing Invitational Bos Indicus Bull Sale in Western Australia, the Queenslander breed achieved a top price of $11,000 at the Roma Brahman and Queenslander Bull Sale last week.
The market was generally tough going for the vendors involved in last Wednesday's sale where 18 Queenslander and Brahman bulls averaged $4805 at 37 per cent clearance.
However, several good quality lots did provide some real sale highlights and demonstrated an appetite for well-bred Queenslander bulls.
The Wilson family's Samari Plains Stud sold the top price bull with 24-month-old Samari Toby selling to John and Lorraine Creevey, Lucknow, Augathella, for $11,000.
Toby boasted an EMA of 126sq.cm and a scrotal measurement of 38.5cm and, at 778kg, was one of the heaviest bulls in the Queenslander offering - something that impressed his new owner and first time Queenslander bull buyer.
"I like his size for one thing," Mr Creevey said.
"I like a bull that, when you look across a line of cows, you can see him above them. He's nice and quiet too."
The Creevey family also bought four Brahman bulls at the sale with their five purchases averaging $5600.
They'll use the new sires across their herd of 800 commercial Brahman and Charolais cows.
Also nabbing five bulls at the sale was the Dahl family, Brolga Gully, Baralaba.
The Dahls paid the second top price of the day, buying the Queenslander bull, Samari Plains Kenda, for $8000.
Samari Plains co-principal Annabel Wilson said Kenda wasn't presented through the sale ring, having pulled up lame the morning before the sale.
"But he was one of our best bulls so we agreed to guarantee him at $8000 and we'll see how he goes for the new owners," she said.
"It was a real shame we couldn't put him up."
The Dahl family also paid $5000 for Rodlyn Baron, which sold on account of Rod and Lyn Sperling, Rodlyn Stud, Bell.
At 878kg, 32-month-old Baron boasted an EMA of 129sq.cm and a scrotal measurement of 40cm.
Also keen to secure Queenslander genetics was Iwona Partnership, Iwona, Mitchell, who took home three Queenslander bulls averaging $4500 while the Rule family purchased three Brahman bulls for $4000 each for their Charleville property, Woodside.
Late last month, three Queenslander breeders combined to offer 26 Queenslander bulls at the WA sale.
The draft averaged $5452, up by a solid $2139 on last year's sale where 28 bulls averaged $3313.
Selling agents: Elders