Yesterday’s Hereford National sale in Australia may have seen a larger than usual catalogue which had a slightly negative impact on the overall average, but the top-price still equaled last year’s $30,000 high.
The sale leader came in the form of the reserve grand champion Kaludah Daddy O G224, offered by M M and P J Shelley, Kaludah Herefords, Cooma, NSW, selling to Top End Herefords, Goulburn, NSW.
The 21-month old junior bull had a big eye muscle area scan of 135 centimetres squared and weighed 1038kg on sale day.
By Kaludah Tiger D883 and out of Kaludah Margaret, a Banemore North End daughter, the bull was the third Kaludah sire Top End Herefords have purchased at Wodonga in recent years.
The top-price Poll Hereford and intermediate bull was offered by P J and J E Hancock, Whim Park, Blayney, NSW and purchased by fellow NSW breeders Yavenvale Herefords, Adelong, at $28,000.
Whim Park General G037 was by Kidman Neutron and was 22-months old. Weighing 926kg, the bull had positive estimated breeding values for both rib and rump fat.
Mawarra Herefords, Longford, sold the horned bull Mawarra As Good As It Gets at $17,000, the top-price for a senior bull and the top-price for a Victorian vendor. This 1154kg bull is by the stud’s powerhouse bull Mawarra Vice Admiral.
And while stud buyers were present for a portion of the bulls, it was the commercial buyers market, with many high quality lots selling for between $3000 and $5000.
Some 58 of the 76 junior bulls offered sold to a top of $30,000 and averaged $5207, while 69 of the 80 intermediate bulls offered sold to a top of $28,000 and averaged $5732. The senior bulls saw 22 of the 33 bulls offered sell to a top of $17,000 and average $5182.