The Grove Shorthorns to $32,000

The Grove Shorthorns to $32,000

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Sophie Morgan and Godfrey Morgan, The Grove Shorthorns with buyer Judy Acton (centre) and the second top price bull.

Sophie Morgan and Godfrey Morgan, The Grove Shorthorns with buyer Judy Acton (centre) and the second top price bull.

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The Grove Shorthorns have reached a top price of $32,000 at their bull sale for an average of $7255 and a 96 per cent clearance.

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The Grove Shorthorns have reached a top price of $32,000 at their bull sale for an average of $7255 and a 96 per cent clearance.

The 36th annual on-property sale near Condamine drew buyers from across Queensland and as far away as Western Australia to pick up quality sires from the Morgan family.

After the first 20 lots were sold in a live auction, the sale switched to Helmsman format.

All Shorthorn sires sold for a 100pc clearance while seven out of 11 Durham Blacks sold.

Top price bull roan Shorthorn The Grove Bondi N0254 (P) sold for $32,000 to John and Judy Acton, Tulach Ard, Blackwater.

The son of The Grove Tide-Rip E667 from The Grove G0416 weighed 920kg with a scrotal circumference of 38cm, eye muscle area of 137 sq cm, P8 and rib fat of 12mm and 9mm and intramuscular fat of 6.6pc.

The Actons also paid the second top price of $30,000 for red Shorthorn The Grove Tremont N0251 (P), a son of The Grove J0572 (P) from The Grove Daphne E404.

The Actons picked up two further bulls- one for $10,000 and one for $16,000.

Mrs Acton said the Morgans had produced another line of beautiful bulls and they were spoilt for choice.

"We were looking for fat cover and conformation," she said.

"Their temperament is always excellent.

"We're commercial breeders and they'll go over Brahman-cross cows."

The Grove Shorthorns' Sophie Morgan said they were very happy with the clearance.

"It was having the support of some new clients as well as old clients, in what's pretty tough times for everyone," she said.

She also noted that it was pleasing that volume buyers were able to find the numbers they needed.

"It's definitely a buyers' year," she said.

Of the two top price bulls, Godfrey Morgan said they were among the top bulls in the line up.

"We were very happy to get that kind of reward," he said

Volume buyers Marc and Christine Ross, Lanstal Pty Ltd, Pinjarra, WA made the trip east in the hopes of securing about 20 sires for stud and commercial use and found 17 that fit the bill perfectly.

They paid an average of $5206.

Also buying up were Peter and Matt Quinn, Middlemount, who picked up 10 bulls for an average of $9950.

Agents: GDL, Landmark, Elders

Full report in next week's Queensland Country Life.

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