European breeds and repeat vendors received solid support when the annual Ag-Grow bull sale took place via an online format last Friday via an online format.
As was the case in the past two years, a Charolais bull topped the sale at $12,000, this year coming from the Veejay Downs Stud at Dingo.
At 26 months of age, Veejay Downs Pablo caught the eye of the Meadowbank Cattle Co, Lake Lofty, Dysart, with his weight of 948kg.
Other impressive statistics shown by the polled red factor bull were his eye muscle area of 133 square centimetres, P8 and rib fat measurements of 14 and 12mm, a scrotal circumference of 41.5cm, and semen morphology of 89 per cent.
A total of 17 Charolais bulls from 22 offered by four studs were sold under the unique online circumstances this year, for an average of $6588.
GDL stud stock specialist Mark Duthie said the 22 vendors representing seven breeds had committed themselves to the sale despite the disruptions brought on by the COVID-19 restrictions.
"We continued with the sale in an online format at the usual sale time so that our regular vendors could still supply bulls to the central Queensland area," he said.
The sale overall cleared 49 of the 110 bulls offered and posted an average of $5398.
The second top price, $9500 was received for Cannon Dee Pascoe, a red Simmental bull offered by Kevin Perkins and Tracey Crouch, Cannon Dee stud, Chinchilla.
Weighing 740kg at 17.5 months of age, the homozygous polled bull was purchased by Spelta Grazing Co, Brooklands, Gogango.
Pascoe's EMA came in at 128sq cm while his P8 and rib fat measurements were 9 and 6, and his scrotal circumference was 37cm.
The 15 Simmental bulls sold through the online auction platform offered by Elite Livestock Auctions averaged $5167.
The Angus bulls finished the sale with an average of $4200, while the Red Angus, Shorthorn and Murray Grey bulls averaged $4000.
- GDL/SBB, Elite Livestock Auctions selling agents