Santa Central rewrites Santa Gertrudis history five days later

A serious $126,000 bid put buyers into the final stretch to secure their choice of bull

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Glenn Oaks Palo P1211 (PS) who sold for a new Santa Gertrudis breed record of $126,000 is with his breeders Scott, Wendy, Phoebe, Sophie and Lilly Ferguson, Glenn Oaks Stud, pictured at Santa Central. Picture: Helen Walker

Glenn Oaks Palo P1211 (PS) who sold for a new Santa Gertrudis breed record of $126,000 is with his breeders Scott, Wendy, Phoebe, Sophie and Lilly Ferguson, Glenn Oaks Stud, pictured at Santa Central. Picture: Helen Walker

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New Santa Gertrudis record of $126,000 set at Santa Central Santa Gertrudis Sale.

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Stud breeders Scott and Wendy Ferguson, Glenn Oaks Santa Gertruids Stud, Nobby re-wrote a new breed record when they sold a classified "S" bull, Glenn Oaks Palo P1211 (PS), a son of Warenda Kilimanjaro K4 (P) for $126,000, at the Santa Central sale on Tuesday.

This new record eclipsed the previous record of $110,000 set for the breed by David and Suzanne Bassingthwaighte when Waco Queenslander Q384 (PS) sold for $110,000 at the Yarrawonga Waco sale near Wallumbilla and bought by Rob and Lorraine Sinnamon, Yulgilbar Pastoral Company, Baryulgil, NSW. last Thursday.

At 26 months of age Glenn Oaks Palo P1211 (PS) is from the prolific breeding matron Glenn Oaks Harmony H36 weighed 1040 kilograms and has an eye muscle area of 139 square centimetres.

The partnership of buyers were Tom and Anna Dunlop, Munnabah Santa Gertrudis Stud, Coolah, NSW with Howard and Kate Courts, Glenalbyn Santa Gertrudis Stud, Wellington, who secured the lovely sire prospect.

Mr Dunlop said both he and Howard loved him from when they saw him at the Santa Central Open Day in August.

"We both felt he was everything that we both needed to take us to the next level, so we joined forces, and together he was the worth the extra stretch for us to secure him.

Mr Dunlop said he had been the losing bidder on his sire Warenda Kilimanjaro K4 (P) in 2017.

Glenn Oaks Palo (P) will head to the Court's family Glenalbyn Stud at Wellington, and the partnership will initially join him with 20 females each.

The next best price at $95,000 was Glenn Oaks Penfold P1261 (PS) again offered by the Ferguson family and bought by Sylvia Kirkby, Warenda Santa Gertrudis Stud, Narrabri, NSW.

Glenn Oaks Penfold P1261 (PS) was also by Warenda Kilimanjaro K4 (P) bred by Mrs Kirkby, and she secured him due to his length, and muscle pattern.

"Overall he is one powerful bull, I believe," she said.

Overall the sale resulted with 33 classified led "S" bulls selling for an average of $19,030, and 64 unled "S" bulls sold to average $7719, topping at $26,000.

In the female section 10 classified "S" females sold to a top of $14,000 to average $8650, and a cow and calf unit sold to $15,500.

Scott Ferguson said he and wife Wendy and family were delighted and humbled by the buying support.

"It is very humbling to know a lot of our buyers were repeat buyers and the fact we managed to re-write history in such a short time," Mr Ferguson said.

General manager of the Santa Gertrudis Breeders Association Chris Todd said there have been some phenomenal sale results from this year's selling season with most results enjoying 90 per cent clearance rates and the averages up by 30 pc on last year's result.

"The commercial cattlemen are returning to the purebred Santa bloodlines to give weight and profit in their cattle, with most bull sale catering to all budgets and price range."

Selling agents Nutrien Livestock interfaced with AuctionsPlus

Queensland Country Life will have a full sale report in next week's issue.

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