Droughtmaster bulls to $22,000 in Capella

Bullzeye Droughtmaster bull sale tops at $22,000 in Capella

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BUYING FRENZY: Top price bull Rondel Wolverine (H) sold for $22,000 and is pictured with Josh Heck, SBB/GDL, Rockhampton, buyer Cec Pelling, Fernleigh Droughtmasters, and vendor Zach Muntelwit, Rondel Droughtmasters, Winton. Photo: Ben Harden

BUYING FRENZY: Top price bull Rondel Wolverine (H) sold for $22,000 and is pictured with Josh Heck, SBB/GDL, Rockhampton, buyer Cec Pelling, Fernleigh Droughtmasters, and vendor Zach Muntelwit, Rondel Droughtmasters, Winton. Photo: Ben Harden

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Eight central Queensland-based vendors offered an impressive line-up of 85 bulls.

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The sixth annual BullZeye Droughtmaster sale attracted strong interest from buyers in Capella on Friday, reaching a top of $22,000.

Eight central Queensland-based vendors offered an impressive line-up of 85 bulls for a 100 per cent clearance, to average $8941 and gross $760,000.

This year's totals fared higher compared to last year's draft, in which only 78 bulls were offered with 59 sold for a 76pc clearance, to average $6534.

The 2020 draft had an average age of 23 months, an average weight of 781 kilograms and an eye muscle area of 132 square centimetres.

The Carrington family, Rondel Droughtmasters, Winton, attracted the top price again this year, selling Rondel Wolverine (H), for $22,000 to Cec and Elaine Pelling, Fernleigh Droughtmasters.

A son of Glenlands Umpire (D), the 24-month-old bull tipped the scales at 904kg with an EMA of 138sq cm.

SIRE APPEAL: Rondel Wolverine (H) had the figures and the appeal to back him in the ring. Photo: Ben Harden

SIRE APPEAL: Rondel Wolverine (H) had the figures and the appeal to back him in the ring. Photo: Ben Harden

The Pelling family own and run their Fernleigh Droughtmaster stud at Theodore and were confident in their purchase.

"We came up here just to have a look, went and had a look at the bulls, spotted this bloke and we're looking for a horned bull," Mr Pelling said.

"His top line appealed to us, he's a soft bull, long, deep length, everything pretty correct about him, so we thought he would suit us for what we were looking for."

Second-top price honours went to Skye Fleming (H) who sold for $16,000 to Jason Johnston, Craiglea Droughtmaster stud, Kenilworth.

The son of Glenlands Talbot (S) and Skye Chamomile 35/6 (P), the young sire was backed by impressive figures at 21 months of age, boasting a weight of 808kg with an EMA of 136sq cm.

Next in line was Medway Chief, who sold for $15,000 to Glen Kelly Family Trust.

At just 21 months, the son of Medway Shake Hands (P) and Medway Slender (P) weighed in at 770kg and had an EMA of 140sq cm.

Bulk buying honours of the day went to two operations.

The O'Sullivan family, Jumba Holdings, Charters Towers, purchased six bulls with a top of $9000 for an average of $7333.

The Bradford family, Arcturus Downs, Springsure, purchased five bulls, which included a top price of $10,000, averaging $8200.

Peter and Deleece Carrington and family, Rondel Droughtmasters, Winton sold 10 bulls with a top of $22,000 for a strong average of $11,600.

Libby Ingram, Skye Droughtmasters, Alpha, sold five bulls with a top of $16,000 to average $11,000, while Steve and Claire Farmer of SC Droughtmasters, Yaamba, sold to a top of $13,000 and averaged $8889 from the nine bulls sold on the day.

Will and Ingrid Haviland, Sugarland Droughtmasters, Capella, sold 11 bulls to average $9000.

Drew and Kerri McKenzie of the Hamadra stud, Bluff, sold 21 bulls, to top at $14,000 for an average of $8571.

Paul and Paula Russell of Locarno Droughtmasters, Dingo, sold 10 bulls on the day to average $7,600.

Hastings and Sandra Donaldson and family, Medway Droughtmasters, Bogantungan, sold 10 bulls to top at $15,000 with a healthy average of $9700.

Cliff Mylrea, Needmor Droughtmasters, Gogango, sold 12 bulls, topping at $14,000 to average $8667.

Many repeat clients were in attendance on the day, along with some new buyers.

Savage Barker and Backhouse selling agent Joshua Heck said the sale was a success and that vendors did a tremendous job preparing the cattle for the event.

"We had over 50 bid cards registered and it's just a testament to that run of bulls, they were quality from the first lot to last," Mr Heck said.

"We had a 100 per cent clearance and our averages were up from last year; so the quality and obviously the season we're in, even though its dry, the cattle are in hot demand at the moment, so we had a better result this year.

"The vendors are doing a tremendous job here getting the cattle right because they're going to many different places like Springsure, Nebo, Charters Towers, Rocky, and even as far as down as Gympie, so they've got a fair spread on them."

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