IT might not have been love at first sight but Jan Clark, Daandine Pastoral, Taroom, concedes there was immediate appeal when she saw Moongana Mojo at Springsure Showgrounds on October 4.
Mojo 3266 (PP), as producer Cyril Gauld, Bethlee Drillham, knows him, took the headlines at the Moongana Invitation Sale, drawing adoration from dozens of onlookers eager to buy the 13 month-old bull.
But it was Ms Clark who had the final say when a keen bidding duel peaked at $18,000, $2500 more than the next dearest purchase.
Ms Clark's winning bid helped push the aggregate of the sale to $355,000, returning an average of $6698 for the 53 lots selling under the hammer.
"Mojo" was Ms Clark's only buy.
"The minute I saw him, the minute he came up to me and I started scratching his head I knew he was the one," she said.
"He struck as me as a nice, quiet bull and that's what we are trying to achieve with our cattle.
"Whether we put him into the stud herd first or not is a decision we are still to make
"We will keep him safe until the season breaks and then decide. If he went into the stud he could do that for a couple of years and we could also select some specific cows for him for a paddock joining."
Rated by Mr Gauld as the premium pick in his line of bulls, "Mojo" was a cracking sort weighing 1021kg and with P8 and rib fat measurements of 14mm and 12mm respectively, as well as an eye muscle area of 137sq cm.
His scrotal circumference was 40cm with morphology of 79pc and a IMF% of 4.8.
"He was the Supreme Champion bull at the Miles show and has taken other ribbons," Mr Gauld said of the son of Moongana Jasper J2516 (PS) and Moongana E1801 (P).
It was the second time Ms Clark had stunned the Moongana selling ring after paying $50,000 for Moongana Lumberjack (PP) a year ago for the Enniskillen Pastoral Company,
Dennis Muller, Biloela, paid the second highest price of the day when he invested $15,500 to acquire Moongana 3278 (PP), a 965kg son of Canowindra Mahogany M60 and Moongana H2145 (P).
Six others sold for at least $10,000 including Moongana 3210 (PS) to Jason Bruggermann, Triple S Taroom. At 1128kg, he was the heaviest of the bulls to sell and the 25 month-old also featured an EMA of 138sq cm. He sold for $14,500.
The sale also also included a line of bulls presented by Alan and Jocelyn Nock, Red Mile Mundubbera, and they sold to a top of $7500 for Red Mile 4P (P), the 923kg son of Cardona Packer P37 (P) and Red Mile 43K (P), a daughter of Bullamakinka Gladiator G52.
Agents: Elders and Hoch and Wilkinson.