REPEAT buyers ensured the success of the Bauhinia Park Charolais and Angus bull sale at Emerald this week, with an Angus bull named Gunsmoke going off with a bang to top at $18,000.
The Holzwart family's 16th annual sale drew buyers from throughout the central west and achieved 100 per cent clearance, with 67 bulls selling to average $9932.
Ryan and Rachel Holzwart offered 32 Charolais, which were first in the ring, grossing $355,500 to average $11,109.
And spirited bidding ensued from the outset, with the first lot, Bauhinia Park Patriot (P) (R/F) making the top price for the breed, selling for $17,000 to Russell Pukallus, Wyntoon, Springsure.
The 24-month-old son of Palgrove Hallmark (AI) (P) (R/F), entered the ring weighing 964kg, had an eye muscle area of 152 square centimetres and a scrotal measurement of 42cm.
The sire prospect's scan figures showed 4.8pc for intramuscular fat, and P8 and rib fat of 8mm and 7mm, respectively.
Mr Pukallus said Patriot ticked the three most important boxes of what they were looking for in a bull.
"We'd seen this animal coming up through the ranks and he had taken our eye right from the word go," Mr Pukallus said.
"He stood up well in the ring and ticked three important boxes; one was that he's poll, the red factor and according to figures he should be a bull that throws small calves, so he should be good over our young heifers."
The second top priced Charolais was Bauhinia Park Pluto (P) (R/F), selling for $14,500 to Carl and Gail Morawitz, Stewart Park, Comet.
The beefy young son of Fernvale George (AI), weighed 812kg, had a 136sq cm EMA and scrotal circumference of 41cm. Scan data showed the 23-month-old's intramuscular fat at 4.1pc, P8 and rib fat at 8mm and 7mm respectively.
The Morawitz's ended up taking home three bulls, including two Charolais and one Angus, to average $12,000.
The 35 Angus bulls offered by Jeff and Raelea Holzwart were just as successful, with all selling to gross $310,000 and average $8857.
Bauhinia Park Gunsmoke P141 (P) topped the sale, selling for $18,000 to Fred Appleton, Star Downs, Alpha.
Sired by XLBeef Gunsmoke L23, the 21-month-old bull was one of the best weight for age bulls in the draft.
He entered the ring weighing 790kg, had an EMA of 127sq cm and scrotal measurement of 40cm. His impressive scan data showed intramuscular fat of 6.3pc, with P8 and rib fat measurements at 13mm and 10mm respectively.
In total, Mr Appleton bought six Angus bulls to average $12,750.
The second top selling Angus, Bauhinia Park Niagara P20 (P) sold for $14,500 to DG & CL Messer, Clermont.
The 24-month-old son of SS Niagara Z29 weighed 822kg, had an EMA of 135sq cm and scrotal circumference of 37cm.
His intramuscular fat was 6.8pc, and P8 and rib fat were at 10mm and 8mm respectively.
Volume buyers included the Russell Family, Echo Hills, Springsure, who purchased eight bulls in total including four Charolais and four Angus to average $10,875.
Murray and Loretta Smith, Klyber, Augathella, purchased seven including two Charolais and five Angus to average $8,285.
- Agents: Nutrien Emerald