Commercial and stud cattle breeders were drawn to the Gauld family's Moongana invitational bull sale held at Springsure on Tuesday, where Santa Gertrudis bulls sold to a top of $32,500.
Moongana stud principals Cyril and Denise Gauld and family offered their "best draft in years", with 57 registered and herd bulls offered and 49 bulls sold for an 86 per cent clearance and an overall sale average of $11,846.
This year's figures were well up on 2020 results, which only 43 bulls sold, to average $8767, and a top price of $19,000.
In a further rundown of the sale catalogue, the offering featured 43 registered Santa Gertrudis bulls, with 40 sold under the hammer for a $12,462 average and $32,5000 top price, while 14 herd bulls were offered, with nine selling for a top of $14,000 and an average of $9111.
It was Moongana Ollie 3494 (PP) that attracted the attention of several bidders, which eventually was knocked down by Doris Mckay, Torres Park Grazing, Augathella, for $32,500.
Sired by Doorabeeba L14 (P) and out of Moongana 2803 (P), the 27-month-old tipped the scales at 1040 kilograms, scanned 137 square centimetres for eye muscle area, 10mm and 7mm, respectively, for P8 and rib fat, and 4.2 per cent for intramuscular fat.
With a scrotal circumference of 38.5cm, he boasted morphology of 83pc.
John Robbins and Jan Clark, Daandine Pastoral Company, Gwambegwine, Taroom. were also on the hunt for new bloodlines for their operation, and purchased the second-top price bull Moongana 3520 (PP) for $27,000.
Sired by Moongana Harley H2144 (AI) (PS), the 25-month-old weighed in at 938kg.
Scanning 146sq cm for EMA, the sire prospect had P8 and rib fat depths of 14mm and 8mm respectively, IMF percentage of 3.8, and measured 39cm in the scrotum, with 90pc morphology.
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The support from return buyers and local pastoral operations was evident on the day, with Beco Pastoral Trust, Lennox Station, Jericho, purchasing five bulls at an average of $8200, while the Zahl family at Avonmore Station at Portwine Road, Alpha, also bought five to average $9800.
Read the full sale report in this week's Queensland Country Life print edition.
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