Brangus sale's success a reflection of better seasonal conditions

Central Brangus Classic bull sale doubles average this year

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CBC sale coordinator Duncan Geddes, Telemon Brangus, Springsure, said better seasonal conditions contributed to the sale's increased averages and clearance percentage. Photo: Ben Harden

CBC sale coordinator Duncan Geddes, Telemon Brangus, Springsure, said better seasonal conditions contributed to the sale's increased averages and clearance percentage. Photo: Ben Harden

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Brangus producers say better seasonal conditions were reflected in the high cattle prices and averages at the Central Brangus Classic Bull sale.

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BRANGUS genetics and better seasonal conditions have nearly doubled sale results at the 13th annual Central Brangus Classic sale at CQLX, Gracemere on Friday, a result praised by graziers.

Overall, 17 central Queensland-based Brangus vendors sold 87 bulls for a 98 per cent clearance and a very strong $10,413 average, with a total gross of $906,000.

A huge improvement compared to last year's result, which grossed $430,500 on 82 bulls, averaging $5250 and a clearance rate of 79pc.

Sale coordinator Duncan Geddes, Telemon Brangus, Springsure, said the sale doubled its average and that better seasonal conditions were evident in the impressive draft of bulls offered by vendors.

"On Friday we had the Central Brangus Classic bull sale and it was an outstanding result," Mr Geddes said.

Our averages nearly doubled in 12 months off a low result last year, admittedly, but this year with better seasonal conditions in cattle prices and a great diverse range of buyers on the day with a very commercial focus. - Duncan Geddes, Central Brangus Classic sale coordinator

"Brangus is a commercially oriented breed and we don't have a huge stud buying group; it's built on commercial focus really and bullock breeders.

"I thought it was probably the most even draft of bulls we've had and that probably showed through the ring."

Top price bull at the Central Brangus Classic was awarded to Earlwood 3741 (P) which sold for $40,000 and is pictured with vendor Mick Madden, Earlwood Brangus, Duaringa and buyers Anne and Ian Galloway, Duarran Brangus, Roma. Photo: Ben Harden

Top price bull at the Central Brangus Classic was awarded to Earlwood 3741 (P) which sold for $40,000 and is pictured with vendor Mick Madden, Earlwood Brangus, Duaringa and buyers Anne and Ian Galloway, Duarran Brangus, Roma. Photo: Ben Harden

Brad Saunders, Pheasant Creek Brangus stud, Wowan, runs 600 registered cows and is the current president of the Australian Brangus society.

Mr Saunders congratulated the organisers and vendors of the event for their overall result and highlighted that the demand for Brangus genetics continues to grow.

"The cattle job is really strong and it's reflected in the bull prices overall, but the Brangus sales this year have been really strong," Mr Saunders said.

"They doubled the average of last year, which is an amazing result for them, but last year it was a pretty tough time when they had their sale earlier in the year and this year it's really turned around for them.

"The society is going really good, we're having a very strong growth and everything's really positive in the Brangus breed at the moment, good sale results this year."

Nicole and Brad Saunders, Pheasant Creek Brangus, Wowan, at the annual Brangus carcase competition in 2019.

Nicole and Brad Saunders, Pheasant Creek Brangus, Wowan, at the annual Brangus carcase competition in 2019.

The Saunders family sell their bulls privately in the paddock just outside of Rockhampton and at the national society sale, which Mr Saunders said was another successful sale for vendors.

"It was really strong, the black bulls there averaged $13,600 and just a really strong sale all the way through," Mr Saunders said.

"It's going strong overall, we've got a lot of youth coming through at the moment, young breeders coming into the system.

"When you've got strong youth participation, it's good for any breed and we've had a change, which is a really noticeable change for a lot of young breeders coming in and they're taking on more roles on the board and getting involved in the breed.

"We've got a youth camp in its second year in Biloela, which has been very popular and we've got a good committee running that.

"We're working on a few things with the Ultrablacks, that's Angus and Brangus-cross bulls, including them into the brand new society."

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