KANDANGA VALLEY principals John and Roz Mercer achieved one of their lifetime ambitions after their 18th annual bull sale at Warravale, Kandanga, on Saturday grossed in excess of $1 million for the first time.
The Mercer family broke new ground on every level with a record turnover of $1,043,500, as well as overall and individual breed averages for a total clearance of the catalogue.
An emotional Mr Mercer thanked his buyers, bidders, agents and family for their unwavering support over the years and singled out long-term clients Greg and Shirley Callander, Colston Park, Sarina, for their loyalty and confidence in the Kandanga Valley cattle.
The Callanders played an integral role in the success of this year's sale after outlying $32,000 for Charbray bull Kandanga Valley Quarterback, a golden coloured, polled son of Kandanga Valley Jumbuck (P).
They bought nine exceptional Charbray bulls for a $17,889 average.
Other long-time Charbray breeders Randall and Tanya Ziesemer, Beaumont Grazing Company, Taroom, bid the $30,000 second-best money for Kandanga Valley Quintz, a dark honey coloured, 22-month-old son of Hazelton Miner 4425 (P) with excellent depth and volume.
A total of 51 Charbray bulls were sold for a Kandanga Valley record $11,480 average and 40 Charolais bulls were also sold for a record $11,450 average and for the first time in a long while both breed averages were very similar.
Topping the Charolais market was Kandanga Valley Quicksilver (P), a low birth weight EBV son of Kandanga Valley Jacques (P) which weighed in at 800kg at 23 months of age and was bought by the Kennedy Family Trust of Gympie.
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Full report in this week's Queensland Country Life.