2014 Booragul Sale Report
Wednesday May 28th saw the 15th annual Booragul Angus Bull Sale take place at “Downfield” Piallaway. This year’s sale featured two new sire lines Te Mania Epistle and Wattletop Sitz 458N. After receiving 20mm of rain in the week prior to our sale the dust was settled and we had a stunning autumn day. The sale was kicked off by an outstanding run of Epistle sons who averaged $6000, of these the top price was $8500 selling to Murrunjai Pastoral Company who also went onto purchase two other bulls for $7300 average. Other Epistle sons sold to J & C Chappell of Glen Innes and Rick and Andy Laird of Maules Creek.
The Wattletop 458N sons were strongly sought after with regular long term client Jim and Jane O’Brien purchasing two bulls to average $6500 for their Bingarra property “Peri”. The O’Brien family have purchased in excess of 20 bulls from Booragul over the past years. Other notable sales of WT 458N were EJ & BJ Watters of Curlewis and RE & GJ Bomford of Kaputar.
This year’s top price bull was Lot 20 a Stimulus son out of Booragul Fleur F33, selling to Richard Moyes of Gunnedah for $9000. Other long term clients who have supported the Booragul Sale for many years were Grant Family Pastoral, Mark and Lee Latham, Avendano family and Gunnedah agent Bert Hewitt/ James Bradford, who purchased 9 bulls for various clients.
The standout feature of this year’s sale was the support shown by our regular clientele, with 21 out of 28 purchasing buyers being return clients. The remaining new clients saw this year’s volume buyer HJ & MJ Ham of Niangala securing 6 bulls. The furthest travelling purchasers were JAD Agriculture Pty Ltd coming from Yeovil who were chasing light birth weight, high growth rate heifer bulls and secured 3 bulls at an average $4000.
We were extremely encouraged by the positive feedback we received of possibly one of our best draft of bulls ever, as noted by our long-time friend and auctioneer Paul Dooley. The sale was conducted by Elders Tamworth and Gunnedah who showed strong support of our sale by introducing several new clients and purchasing 10 bulls.
Overall we are extremely relieved with the result of our 2014 sale given the extreme drought conditions of the past 18mths. To sell 50 out of the total of 60 bulls offered with a sale average of $4650 under the current climate conditions with many people in Nth NSW still hand feeding and the massive stock reductions occurring we are more than grateful for our sale success. Many thanks to all of those who attended our sale; we greatly appreciate your support.