Booragul tops at $10,000, twice
THE LAND | By Kirra Bogan | June 6, 2013
A full gallery of buyers took the 14th annual Booragul Angus bull sale to a top of $10,000, twice, at Piallaway last Wednesday.
According to vendors Tim and Margaret Vincent, they are still maintaining an average of above $5000 after 20 years of sales.
Of the 61 lots offered, 56 sold at auction, including 48 two-year-old bulls selling to a top of $10,000 twice to average $4946 and eight yearlings selling to a top of $8000, averaging $6063.
Overall, the sale averaged $5455.
The first of the sale’s $10,000 tops was paid by C.L. Squires and Company, Inverell, on account of Sunny Downs Holdings Pty Ltd, Delungra, for Booragul 458N G107 (APR).
G107 was by Waitara E10 (AI) and from Booragul Fleur B18 (APR) (AI).
The bull possessed estimated breeding values (EBVs) of +6.2 for birthweight, +49 for 200-day weight, +121 for 600-day weight, eye muscle area (EMA) of +5.4 and intramuscular fat (IMF) of +1.2.
Sunny Downs Holdings purchased three lots for an average of $7834.
The second $10,000 sale top, also Waitara E10, was purchased by Mike Wilson Stud Stock, Armidale, on account of Murrunjai Pastoral Company, “Glenmoan”, Willow Tree.
The bull boasted a birthweight of +6.4, +44 for 200-day weight, +115 for 600-day weight, EMA of +6 and IMF of +1.4.
G135 was described by the purchasers as a “nice soft bull with plenty of depth, length and a quiet temperament”.
Murrunjai Pastoral Company livestock managers and handlers Keith Jones, Scott Davis and Steve Ninness manage a 2000- head commercial Angus operation across three properties, breeding stock for the supermarket trade.
This was Murrunjai’s second year purchasing from Booragul; the success of last year’s purchases drew the company back, with Murranjai purchasing two bulls to average $9500.
Volume buyer on the day was Scone Pastoral, “Hilltop”, Rouchel, securing six bulls to a top of $8000 and averaging $6417.
Loyal clients George and Maree Avendano, “Towri”, Boggabri, returned to secure four yearling bulls topping at $8000 and averaging $6500.
The Avendanos run an Angus feeder steer operation and have been using Booragul bulls for nearly 20 years.
Auctioneer Paul Dooley, Paul Dooley Pty Ltd, Tamworth, and stud principal Tim Vincent were both pleased with the sale results.
“The introduction of new sires combined with proven genetics and a quality cow herd led to this year’s outstanding draft,” Mr Dooley said.
The sale was conducted by Elders.