Offered 50 50
Sold 36 36
Top $19,000 $9000
Av $6069 $4680
Kerlson Pines and Oak Downs Poll Hereford stud’s fifth annual bull sale kicked off with a bang, with four of the first 10 bulls surpassing the sale’s previous high of $9000.
But there were also many bulls sold under the odds on Friday.
Thirteen were knocked down with a single bid at $3500.
The first SA whiteface sale for the season held at Naringa sale complex near Naracoorte still averaged a very credible $6069 with 36 of 50 bulls finding homes.
Thirty two registered bidders from a wide geographical area from pastoral SA, the Mid North, Eyre Peninsula, South East and western Victoria were in the stands.
Each stud offered 25 bulls with Andrew & Vanessa Schwarz, Oak Downs stud, Bordertown selling 23 for a $6478 av, and Mark & Anita and Andrew Wilson, Kerlson Pines stud Keith selling 13 for a $5346 av.
The $19,000 sale topper- Lot 9A- Kerlson Pines Kerley K84, was a real highlight.
The 19-month-old was a late inclusion initially earmarked for the Wodonga National Show & Sale in May . A son of Kerlson Pines Explosion H22 – the 2014 Sydney Royal Show senior champion – the bull had won the 12 to 14 month old class at the 2015 Royal Adelaide Show feature breed judging and had a solid balance of figures.
The well-muscled bull sold to long time client Lorna Goodridge,Peterborough.
Oak Downs stud, Bordertown also had five bulls make $10,000 or more including the $14,500 second top price.
Oak Downs Kennedy K163 caught the eye of REN Hood Nominees, Mount Cooper for Granites stud.
He had been used by the stud on 30 cows and had some impressive numbers being in the top 5pc for all Hereford BREEDPLAN indexes.
His sire was Canadian bull Harvie High Roller which Oak Downs bought the Australian marketing rights to in 2012.
Red Hill Hereford stud, Euroa, Vic were the other stud to operate securing Lot 1, another High Roller son at $10,000.
LA&VA Hull, Port Lincoln bought the 1010-kilogram Oak Downs Karawara K100 for $13,000 as one of their two buys.
High Roller was the dominant sire for Oak Downs producing bulls with tremendous weight for age length and thickness. The 15 sons averaged $6533.
Ferguson Farms, Kalangadoo and GT Trading, Millicent made the most of the good buying, each securing three bulls at $3500-$4000.
The majority of Kerlson Pines offering were only 18 months of age and some of these bulls were overlooked.
“The top end was very good with people prepared to spend good money on bulls they wanted but it would have been good to have a higher clearance but we just lacked a pastoral order,” Kerlson Pines stud principal Mark Wilson said.
Mr Schwarz said it was great to see commercial buyers lift their budgets. “They were realistic about where the industry is at.”
In his opening sale address Elders SA stud stock manager Tony Wetherall said the bulls were great examples of the Hereford breed . “They have terrific growth, muscle and meat production. This is what it is all about dollars per hectare returns,” he said.
Elders and Landmark conducted the sale.