The second day of the Elrose major reduction Brahman female sale kicked off strongly, with many first day bidders returning to compete for the 370 quality females that passed through the ring.
The market for cows and calves remained strong, with 224 cow and calf units going under the hammer to gross $1.914 million and average $8545, which was $1000 up on the first day for a similar number of cows.
Twenty-three unjoined heifers were also featured to gross $100,000 neat and average $4348, while 106 pregnancy tested in calf cows were offered, to gross $429,250 and average $4050, for a 90 percent clearance.
The tone of day two was set by the Round Paddock three-in-one offerings of pregnant cow and calf units, creating strong competitive bidding among buyers.
Topping the sale in this category was Elrose Sharon 13184, sired by Elrose Invincible, and out of Elrose Sharon 9327, who sold for $24,000 to Matthew Neilsen from Erneston Brahmans, Major's Creek, near Braidwood, NSW.
Out of the unjoined heifers showcased, the top seller was Elrose Annie De Manso 19731, sired by Elrose Harrison, and out of Elrose Annie De Manso 11190, who sold for $8000 to William and Megan Beale, Maggiolo Pty Ltd.
Owen and Lee Scott from Ruan Grazing, Clermont, secured the top priced PTIC cow for $20,000, purchasing Elrose 15415, sired by Elrose Millionaire 7323, and out of Elrose 4289.
McCaffrey's Australian Livestock Marketing agent, Ken McCaffrey, Rockhampton, said the sale attracted a level of interstate interest as well, with 100 bid cards on the ground, and around 60 registered online.
"We had good interstate pre-sale enquiry, with some long time Brahman breeders from NSW even travelling up in person to attend the sale," he said.
"People were bidding online from NSW, the Northern Territory and many areas of Queensland.
"I'm not sure what sort of a budget they came with but they've participated in the bidding at the prices that have been established here."
While a couple of lots going went to the Northern Territory, Mr McCaffrey said it was North Queensland that took home most of the cattle by the end of the second day.
Worthy of mention was the high level of volume buyers who showed up again on day two to take advantage of the quality line of cattle on offer.
Roland Everingham from Oak Park Brahmans, Hughenden has been buying Elrose cattle for years and was a regular bidder in Friday's sale, particularly selecting for the three-in-one cow and calf units.
"Their cows are just really ideal for our type of country and we really like the type of cattle they are. They're extremely fertile and really high growth cattle and cover all bases, which is hard to do in any breed," he said.
Operating a stud in conjunction with their commercial cattle enterprise, Mr Everingham said the sale was tremendous and provided them with another opportunity to invest in the Elrose cattle.
"I think everyone should be happy with their purchases. Whatever price they paid I think they'll get the value out of it," he said.
"What the Jefferis family and Elrose have done for the industry is unseen. They're breed leading and industry leading with the data they've collected over the years so that's very impressive."
Jefferis family member and competitive bidder in the sale, Dianne Priddle, Berwick Stud, Oakey said it was great to see so many volume buyers throughout the past two days.
"Looking around, it's wonderful to see volume buyers because volume buyers make a sale. Individuals are great too but you need volume buyers and this is a huge three-day sale," she said.
"You couldn't get a better line of cattle in our opinion and when it comes to the stats on these cattle there is no better. You can't do it overnight. It takes years of breeding and that's what Rodger and Lorena have done."
Toni O'Neill, Glenyarran Brahmans, Springsure said they weren't really sure what prices to expect going into the sale, but were determined to secure a good line of cows from the large number of lots on offer.
"We were aiming to get 30 to 40 head if prices were okay, so we've probably slowed that down a bit now but we're really happy with the line we've got so far," she said.
"It's been an unbelievable sale. Talking to Rodger this morning, he said it's not just stud breeders that are paying the big money, there are a lot of commercial breeders participating as well."
Other volume buyers who took advantage of Friday's sale were Michael Lyons, Wambiana Station, Charters Towers, Richard and Victoria Moffatt, Muldoon, Morinish, Stewart Borg, Leichhardt Holdings, Sarina, Mal and Sue Burston, Nebo, John Turley, Turley Cattle Company, and Grant Bulmer, Mountana, NSW.
A total of 353 lots were sold on day two, which grossed $2.443 million and produced an overall average of $6921.
Mr McCaffrey said there was another attractive offering on Saturday, including a lot of cows and calves, and pen lots again, and he was hopeful of finishing the last day off as strongly as the first two had been.
- Selling agents- Queensland Rural and McCaffrey's Australian Livestock Marketing.
Sale summary day 1- Glengarry snaps up Elrose cow and calf unit for $28,000
Also, see who was spotted at Thursday's sale in our photo gallery.
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