Farquhars hit national stage

Farquhar family sell at Droughtmaster National sale for the first time

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First-time vendors, the Farquhars sold Calco Duke (P) and Eljay Boolimba (P). "It's a credit to the breed how welcoming all the vendors are and I'd definitely recommend it to anyone thinking about it to just have a go," Larry Farquhar said.

First-time vendors, the Farquhars sold Calco Duke (P) and Eljay Boolimba (P). "It's a credit to the breed how welcoming all the vendors are and I'd definitely recommend it to anyone thinking about it to just have a go," Larry Farquhar said.

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Showcasing some of the top sires from studs across the country, there's no doubt selling at the Droughtmaster National Bull Sale would be daunting.

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Showcasing some of the top sires from studs across the country, there's no doubt selling at the Droughtmaster National Bull Sale would be daunting.

But for first-time vendors Larry Farquhar, Eljay Droughtmasters, and mum Rebecca Farquhar, Calco Droughtmasters, Rolleston, it was also an exciting experience.

They each offered one bull in their first foray on the Droughtmaster National stage, with both selling to Wotonga Grazing Company.

"It was pretty daunting for me, but it's something that I always wanted to do," Larry Farquhar said.

"After settling in, by Monday the nerves had settled a bit and we were selling on day one so it was a really great experience.

"We were really overwhelmed with the interest and the prices that we achieved for our bulls."

A last-minute decision to send their bulls to the sale, Mr Farquhar said he went in with no expectations.

"Because it was a last minute decision to send them to the National, they mightn't have had quite as much preparation as the bulls there so I thought the prices that we got, considering the line-up, was really good," he said.

Eljay Boolimba (P) weighed 731 kilograms at 23 months of age, with a scrotal of 38cm, and eye muscle area of 138sq cm.

Sired by Glenlands Substitute (P) and from Vale View Zar Zar (P), the PP bull garnered a price tag of $12,500.

Entering the ring together, Calco Duke (P) tipped the scales at 755kg, measured 35cm in the scrotal and 128sq cm for EMA.

Sired by Medway Xpertes (P) and out of Wajatryn 5301 Z (H), the 24-month-old PH bull was knocked down for $5000.

In addition to their successful selling, the Farquhars also left with a new sire, bidding up big to secure Hazelwood Bronx (P) for $70,000.

"We thought it's hard to find that much scale and style in a bull, especially being a PP, with a strong head and he was pretty hard to fault," Mr Farquhar said.

"He was a proper sire amongst the entire draft, he was probably our pick [of the draft] so that's why we decided we had to have him.

"He's getting collected now and he's got the lion's share of our stud herd to come back to and hopefully undertake an AI program next year with him."

The purchase, they believe, will take their herd to the next level.

"The type of bull that we try to breed is, first and foremost, a bull that will be successful for commercial producers," Mr Farquhar said.

"And I think to get to that next level and breed a stud sire, we just needed a bull with presence and a bit more style than the bulls we have been using.

"We definitely needed more of that scale and weight for age and I think he definitely ticked all of those boxes."

As the curtain closed on their first time as vendors, Mr Farquhar said he had learnt a lot from the experience.

"A lot of the vendors gave me really good advice along the way and it's quite a good atmosphere to be in," he said.

"It's a credit to the breed how welcoming all the vendors are and I'd definitely recommend it to anyone thinking about it to just have a go."

The Farquhars will also be selling bulls at the Roma Droughtmaster sale this year.

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