WET and soggy conditions did not deter buyers from as far away as Cobar, Charleville and Casino from taking part in Barana Simmentals 21st annual bull sale on Friday.
A total of 36 registered bidders took part in the on-property sale at Coolah and snapped up all 30 Simmental, Angus and Shorthorn bulls on offer.
The 24 Simmental bulls sold to average $9750, while the top selling bull Barana Quest Q018 sold for a sale high $18,000 to Keddstock Pty Ltd at Yuleba Queensland, to go to their Gowrie Station property at Charleville.
The 22-month-old Barana Q018 was a son of Woonalee Jumbo and out of Barana Jewel, who was described as having stud sire potential.
He weighed 852kg, had P8 and rib fat depths of eight and six millimetres respectively, an eye muscle area of 141 square centimetres, intramuscular fat of 5.1 per cent and an average daily gain of 1.2kg.
Keddstock director Ivan Price said the company, which acquired Gowrie Station 18 months ago with a complete herd of females, was now looking to add Simmental bulls.
"I bought this bull for a Simbrah breeding program we've launched recently and I just liked the bull's overall outlook," Mr Price told The Land.
"He's got the body type I'm looking for, has got good pigmentation and to top it off he was a poll bull to boot, so he ticked a lot of our boxes.
"We run a large-scale Charolais operation and this year we will be selling Simbrahs for the first time as well and I'm looking to put some of the Simmental bulls I've bought recently across both Simmental and Simbrah cows to breed some different content Simbrah bulls."
Barana stud principal Peter Cook echoed Mr Price's sentiments saying the top-selling bull had "the complete package".
"He is the sort of bull I'm striving to breed because he has got good muscle depth, softness, structurally sound and out one of our top cows," Mr Cook said.
"To me, he is a showy sort of bull but he has also got plenty of meat and carcase as well as being an easy calving bull.
"We are probably a few bulls short this year because of the drought but we should have our numbers back up next year.
"My family and I are very humbled by the support of all of everyone at this year's sale and it was really pleasing to see plenty of new and returning buyers as well."
The five Angus bulls sold on the day averaged $10,800 with the top-selling Angus bull, Barana Quarry Q011, selling for $14,000 to a buyer from Willow Tree via AuctionsPlus.
Meanwhile, the one Shorthorn bull in Friday's sale sold for $5000 via AuctionsPlus.
Prolific buyers on the day included Frampton Farms, Merriwa with seven bulls at an average of $7000, KW Properties, Casino, with three bulls at an average of $10,000, Monterey Pastoral, with two bulls at an average of $13,500 and D Grimshaw, Kindon, Nielrex, who secured two bulls at an average of $10,500.
The sale was conducted by Elders and Davidson Cameron and Co with Paul Dooley auctioneering.
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