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Old 18-11-2011, 05:35 AM
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Default Sixth annual multi breed Charleville bull sale

Beef producers from South West Queensland wanting rain urgently were cautious buyers at the recent Charleville bull sale.

The sixth annual multi breed, invited vendor fixture at the Charleville showgrounds realised a marginal lift on the average price of bulls, from $3279 to $3313, but the clearance rate fell by eight points to 77 per cent compared to the previous year.

Garry Cartwright, Elders, Charleville, said the local bull market tightened slightly, which was a reflection of some western graziers now looking for rain.

Sole selling agent Elders, with Michael Smith and Andrew Meara, cleared 44 lots, comprising Red Brangus, Charolais, Charbray, Red Brahman and Braford bulls, for a gross of $145,750.

Despite the somewhat static result, the three host vendors Neville and Scott Freeman of Baroola Charolais, Phil and Jenny Christmas, Booroomba, and Keith and Annabelle Wilson of Samari Plains were optimistic about the sale's future prospects.

They repeated their commitment to return next year with another quality catalogue of bulls.

First time buyers Warren and Ron Mobbs, Wallambank, Bollon, were "short a few bulls" and looking to top up numbers after making both $6500 top money bids on two Charbray bulls.

Their first purchase was a rising two year old son of Huntington Cavort weighing in at 836kg with high fertility attributes, 44 centimetre scrotal circumference, with a eye muscle measurement of 133sqcm, from the Christmas family of Bollon.

The other Charbray bull to attract equal top money was a milk tooth, thick butted son of Billabong Saunders, with outstanding carcase attributes from the Wilson's Samari Plains stable.

The Mobbs family were looking for softer, thick set, creamy bulls to go over Charbray type cows and accounted for another pair of Charbrays from the Booroomba herd for a $4000 average.

The Freeman family, Baroola Charolais, Roma, enjoyed a buoyant sale after selling their entire run of 10 Charolais and a Charbray bull for a $3200 average, which included both top money Charolais bulls at $5250 and $5000.

Both Baroola Charolais bulls were quality sons of Moongool Yellow Pages and were bought by local beef producers Robert and Robyn O'Sullivan, Nungil, Charleville.

Regular buyers of the Christmas family's Braford bulls David and Josephine Robson, Mount View, Morven, were again wanting replacement bulls for their pure Braford herd, after securing three herd improvers at $2500 each.

Emerald based stud master Rhonda Ryan, Banyula Brafords, bid the $5000 top Braford money for Booroomba 2676, a deep sided, rich red son of Arran 2483 (P).

Another western producer active was Keith Sheppard and family, Mogera Pastoral Co, Adavale, with four bulls for a $3250 average which included a Charbray bull, a quality son of Samari Plains Archie from the Wilson family at $4000.

Also in the market for bulls was Rob and Kelly Caskey, Durella, Mitchell, with five bulls for a $3500 average which included a Red Brangus and a pink nose, polled Charbray bull also from the Wilsons at $4000 each.

The Usher Pastoral Co, Truno, Tambo, selected four herd improvers, mainly Baroola Charolais, at $2500 each and Carbene Grazing, Bollon, accounted for three bulls for a $3667 average, which included another of the Wilson's Red Brangus bulls at $4500.
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