Penfold top shelf at Meldon Park

Meldon Park Simmentals records new top sale average

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Auctioneer Mark Duthie, SBB/GDL, with vendor Marty Rowlands, KBV Simmentals, Murphys Creek, and KBV Penfold which topped the sale at $24,000.

Auctioneer Mark Duthie, SBB/GDL, with vendor Marty Rowlands, KBV Simmentals, Murphys Creek, and KBV Penfold which topped the sale at $24,000.

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Meldon Park Simmentals set a new top sale average of $9212 at their sixth annual Simmental bull sale at the Billabong Sale Complex, Moura, yesterday.

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Meldon Park Simmentals set a new top sale average of $9212 at their sixth annual Simmental bull sale at the Billabong Sale Complex, Moura, yesterday.

The sale reached a top price of $24,000, with 66 of 67 bulls sold for a 99 per cent clearance rate.

The breakdown of the sale saw Rod and Lis Skene, Meldon Park Simmentals, sell 56 bulls for an average of $8500.

Invited vendors Marty Rowlands and Stephen Lean, KBV Simmentals, Murphys Creek, sold four bulls to average $15,500 and Jason and Piper Johnston and family, Navillus Park Simmentals, Obi Obi, Mary Valley, sold six bulls to average $11,667.

KBV Penfold sired by KBV Legacy out of Sylvandale L200 reached the $24,000 top price and was purchased by Loreen and Tony Kitchen, Bandeeka Stud, Elgin, Western Australia.

Mrs Kitchen said they had previously purchased females from the stud and they were impressed from the moment they first saw the bull.

Weighing in at an impressive 1136kg at 32-months-old, Penfold had a scrotal circumference of 43cm, with an eye muscle area of 158sq cm, P8 and rib fat measurements of 13 and 12 respectively and an IMF of 6.6 per cent.

Mrs Kitchen said he was an outstanding correct bull, well balanced and would fit well with what they are breeding.

"We have kept 14 females especially for this bull when he arrives with the spring calves," Mrs Kitchen said.

Penfold was the winner of the Queensland Country Life Sire Shootout and Mrs Kitchen said she was impressed to watch him win the event.

Mrs Kitchen said they had been showing for over 40 years and had missed the events this year.

Auctioneer Josh Heck, SBB/GDL with vendor Jason Johnston, Navillus Park, and the second top priced bull Navillus Park P82, which sold for $20,000.

Auctioneer Josh Heck, SBB/GDL with vendor Jason Johnston, Navillus Park, and the second top priced bull Navillus Park P82, which sold for $20,000.

Michael and Talila York, Aelnova, Wallumbilla purchased the second top priced bull, Navillus Park P82, a herd bull sired by Lucrana Fletcher (P) out of Navillus Park E8 (P) for $20,000.

At 21-months-old, he weighed 838kg and had a scrotal circumference of 41.5cm, with EMA of 146sq cm, P8 and rib fat measurements of 13 and 9 respectively and an IMF of 5.2 per cent.

The Becker Family, Junedale Grazing, Junedale, Theodore purchased a total of five bulls to average $6200 and Willoise Grazing, Wandoan purchased four bulls to average $13,250

Meldon Park principals Lis and Rodney Skene were pleased with the results and said they strived to breed Simmental bulls for both commercial and stud operations suited to the widely varied climatic conditions in Queensland.

Meldon Park has a strong emphasis on producing fertile, structurally sound bulls which can add growth, softness and the ability to fatten at all ages and situations.

Auctioneer Mark Duthie, SBB/GDL, said it was a good solid sale with strong support coming from commercial buyers.

He said buyers were willing to pay for the top bulls, with plenty making $15,000 or higher.

Mr Duthie said there was a lot of support coming from central Queensland cattlemen, with the top price bull purchased online from a buyer in Bunbury, Western Australia.

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