THE heaviest bull in Roseleigh Angus stud's annual bull sale on February 12 muscled his way to the $10,000 top price.
The 972-kilogram son of The Grange Equator D109 was sold to Greg Fisher, Clover Ridge, Marcollat who also bought last year's top price.
"He has a good frame, is well muscled and structurally very good . He just stands out to me," Mr Fisher said.
The 21-month-old, eye-appealing Roseleigh G13 will be used to breed bull calves for Clover Ridge's large-scale commercial operation.
The Cowley family from Pinnaroo had a solid sale, with 33 of 37 bulls making a $4242 average. At the SA Beef field days held the previous week, they received many favourable comments on the volume and bone of their bulls.
The buying gallery at the Fairbanks sale complex near Keith featured many repeat buyers keen to secure 59 years of breeding from one of South Australia's oldest Angus studs.
Most bulls were May/June 2011-drop but the July/August 2011-drops later in the catalogue found favour.
Mark and Leah Jacob, Colac, Victoria bought a son of New Zealand sire Waitapu Initiative297 with a milk figure of +19 for $7000.
Nathan Nutt, Keith bought a S Chisum son for the same amount.
The catalogue featured a range of AI matings including some of the first progeny to be sold in SA by Canadian sire HF Tiger 5T.
Matinga Holdings, Karoonda, secured one of the Tiger sons, Roseleigh Gold-Mine G10, for $5000. He was in the top 10 per cent for all growth traits.
Peter Fennell, Weeroona Pastoral Company, Keith and his agent Rodwells Keith's Craig Escott were the sale's volume buyers with 10 bulls for a $3550 average.
Weeroona was keen to replenish its sire battery after being outbid last year but they were also looking for extra bulls after choosing to retain all their weaner heifers. They will eventually be sold as PTIC heifers.
"Last year, we couldn't even get a bid in but we bought pretty right this year," Mr Escott said.
KP Pastoral, Frances was another multiple bull buyer with four between $3000-$3500.
*Full report in Stock Journal, February 21 issue, 2013.