The insatiable demand for quality heifers was evident at the Rocky All Stars Elite Brahman female sale last Saturday, where a Stockman cherry red heifer sold for a sale record of $42,000.
A total of 68 females were offered by 12 vendors, achieving a clearance rate of 100 per cent and combined sale average of $10,846. Figures were up on last year's sale result, which averaged $7422 with a 98pc clearance.
A breakdown of the catalogue saw 43 red heifers sold to average $10,988, while the grey section of the draft saw 25 heifers sell to average $10,600.
An equal partnership between the Scott family at Rosetta Grazing, Collinsville and the Brownson family of Burdekin Brahmans, won the bidding war for the record-breaking red heifer, Stockman Indianna 489 (AI) (PP).
Dillon Scott said Indianna's desirable homozygous polled status, cherry red colour and growth for age, attracted them to pay top money for her on the day.
"Burdekin Brahmans and our family are in an agreement to bring her home to put her straight into calf and in the near future get into IVF with her," Mr Scott said.
"We're starting to focus on polled genetics in our operation, and we think it's going to be a big thing in the north."
The 14-month-old unjoined heifer was the daughter of Banana Station Manly and out of Stockman Indianna (PS).
Long-time vendor of the sale, Christopher McCarthy of Stockman Brahmans, Junction, said Indianna was the best heifer that he'd ever sold. "We've been well rewarded with the top price female and we're very happy with this year's sale average," Mr McCarthy said.
"Indianna is a beautiful cherry red homozygous poll female, she has excellent breed character, bone and femininity, which is exactly what we're trying to breed."
The grey section of the sale saw a top price of $40,000, with Scott Angel of Glengarry Brahmans, Kunwarara, securing 19-month-old Annavale Rafter 1229 (PS), offered by Peter and Sue Hammer of Annavale Brahmans, Charters Towers.
Forty straws of semen sold to average $337.50 per straw and grossed $13,500.
Attracting the top price was a semen package from Lanes Creek Sir Senator 1689 (AI) (PS) which sold for $2500.
Lanes Creek Sir Senator (PS) is the sire of the $140,000 Palmvale Odyssey (PP).
Many foundation and repeat clients were in attendance on the day, along with some new buyers.
Buyers chasing genetic gainsThe offering of female genetics at this year's Rocky All Stars sale saw it placed as one of the most desirable female auctions in the state, according to industry leaders.
Elders stud stock's Anthony Ball said the sale broke the previous top price three times.
"There's vibrancy within the cattle industry at the moment and people are looking to get that genetic gain within their herd," he said.
"The consistency of quality that's been coming here year after year has made this sale one of the highly sought after sales for female genetics."
Australian Brahman Breeders Association general manager Anastasia Fanning said there were breeders from not just Brahmans, but also breeders from other breeds.
"This sale always creates a lot of interest, just because of the breeders that are involved and generally very good heifers are put forward," Ms Fanning said.
"Two pink-nosed heifers went to a Droughtmaster breeder in Gympie."
"AI and IVF genetics are proving to be very successful and that creates that demand for successful breeding from those females."
Bulk buying honours on the day went to four operations.
Apel and Co at Gin Gin, purchased four females to average $8500.
Far North Queensland grazier Brian Harriman of Reedybrook B Brahman Stud, Maalan, purchased four females for an average of $15,875.
Pat Sharpe of Sharpe Brahmans, Taroom, also purchased four females for an average of $8000.
WTW Brahmans stud at Ammaroo Station, secured four females for an average of $6500.
Averages do not include semen packages sold.
Scott Angel and sons, Glengarry Brahmans, sold two females for an average of $8000, while Glengarry Cattle Co sold nine females to average $8333.
The Donald family, EL JA Brahmans, sold 10 heifers for an average of $9100, while Paul and Catherine Mackenzie, Arizona Brahmans, sold three females to average $9000.
Peter and Sue Hammer, Annavale Brahmans, sold six females to average $18,166, while the Gibbs family, Muan Pastoral, sold six heifers to average $10,000.
Beth Streeter, Palmvale Brahmans, sold 10 heifers, for a strong average of $13,950. Christopher McCarthy, Stockman Brahmans, sold nine heifers to average $13,556.
David and Pearl Christensen, Berida Red Brahmans, sold four heifers for an average of $6250, while Alan and Leonie Trail, Murrindindi, sold four females for an average of $8750.
Camille Trail, Bottle Tree Brahman stud, sold two females to average $7500, while Peter Tuxworth, Halgenaes Brahmans, sold three females to average $7667.
Selling agent: Elders
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