A cow and calf combination, one of 226 offered on the first day of the largest auction sale of Group Breedplan stud females ever in the Brahman breed, was the top-priced purchase on day one of the Jefferis family's Elrose major reduction sale.
One of over 70 bidders vying for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to obtain genetics from one of the country's most respected Brahman breeders, the Glengarry Brahman Stud at Kunwarara paid $28,000 for Elrose Maddison Manso 14140 and her bull calf.
The No. 5 matron was one of many in the catalogue for the first day that came as a 'three-in-one' package, being seven months pregnancy tested in calf.
She was the only purchase Glengarry's Scott Angel made on the day.
"I marked her out on her pedigree," he said. "She goes back to PB Fenech breeding, all the good stuff you look for as a stud breeder."
Her sire, Elrose All Class 8486 was sired by Lancefield M Billionaire Manso 1377/M (ET) and her dam Elrose Maddison Manso 6684 (ET) had Lancefield Burton Manso 3251 (ET) as her sire.
Mr Angel said the obvious quality, size and thickness of her calf, sired by Elrose Living Proof 11579 (PS) and born in September 2020, was another factor in her favour.
He is planning to join her to a 17-month-old Elrose bull bought for $65,000 from the Jefferises at this year's Lancefield Brahman Invitation Sale, who was sired by NCC Justified, the Australian all-breeds record holder.
"We also bought Elrose Eaglehawk some years ago and he did a good job for us," Mr Angel said, complimenting the Jefferis family for offering up one of the world's biggest selection of quality Brahman genetics.
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Prospective buyers from seedstock and commercial operations alike were told they could put their herds a few years ahead with purchases at the Nobbs family's selling complex at Inverrio, east of Duaringa, a message not lost on those in attendance.
Among the volume buyers on day one were the Lyons family of Wambiana Station, Charters Towers, the Everingham family of Oak Park north of Hughenden, Marlborough's Richard and Victoria Moffatt of RV Pastoral, and Danny and Chris Parker, Jericho.
A few buyers were active online, including Bill German, Hurricane Station, Mount Carbine, and Jane Saunders, Charlevue, Dingo.
The day's second top price, $16,000, was paid twice, by fellow Cloncurry stud breeders Robert and Jacqueline Curley, Gipsy Plains and by Peter and Toni O'Neill, Glenyarran, Springsure.
The Curleys selected Elrose Jazzpot 17416, sired by Elrose Dominic 11537, and her bull calf.
For the O'Neills, it was Elrose 16280, sired by NCC Marshall, her heifer calf, and her unborn calf, that commanded their top price.
The 226 cows and calves sold on the day averaged $7455, while 20 unjoined heifers brought a $4675 average, and 45 PTIC stud cows averaged $5322.
The Pedracini family, Lornevale Brahmans, Georgetown, paid the top price of $11,000 for the unjoined heifer, Elrose 20066 (PS), sired by Elrose Spectacular 10520 (PS).
Hayden Pedracini said they'd bought at a previous Elrose reduction sale at Charters Towers and found the cows to be very fertile with good udders that had bred on very well.
David Jefferis and Dianne Priddle, Berwick Stud, Oakey, purchased eight of the unjoined heifers.
Owen and Lee Scott, Ruan Grazing, Clermont bought the top priced stud PTIC cow.
MP and ML Lyons, Wambiana, Charters Towers were the leading volume buyer on day one, purchasing 22 cows and 21 calves.
The day's overall average for 291 sold, a 100 per cent clearance, was $6934.
The sale continues on Friday at 8.30am.
- Selling agents - Queensland Rural and McCaffrey's Australian Livestock Marketing
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