Offered 39 37
Sold 39 36
Top $13,500 $9500
Av $6974 $6361
FULL clearance and a jump in both the top price and average were some of the features of the sale at the Bull oak Well Angus sale on Thursday last week.
Stud principal Heath Nickolls said the $13,500 for lot 3 was the highest price they had been paid for a bull in the stud’s 20 years.
The average was also up more than $600.
Mr Nickolls said the top price Bull Oak Well Tex Express M13 was “pretty handy”, and at 984 kilograms at 20 months old, was probably one of the heaviest they had sold and had been the heaviest calf right through.
It was sired by Texas Western Express H639, out of a Net Worth cow Mr Nickolls said bred consistently well for them.
It was bought by repeat client Jonathan Pietzsche, Lake Ellen Pastoral, Tintinara, who had his sights set on that bull for a few weeks.
“The capacity and size at that age is outstanding,” he said. “It has a well-balanced set of figures.”
Mr Pietzsche said the bull would be joined with some of their higher standard cows to produce heifer bulls.
As a sign of the consistency of the offering at this year’s sale, 14 of the bulls sold for $8000 or higher, including $9000 for the second to last bull. But there was still value-buying for clients, with a floor of $4000.
The second-highest price bull at $11,000 was lot 4 Bull Oak Well Dreamline M89, bought by Eura Carla, Keppoch, who also bought another three bulls to average $7500.
The sale’s volume buyer was Amherst Livestock Trust, Willalooka, with five bulls to $8500, averaging $7300.
Monash Station, Monash, bought three bulls to $8000, averaging $7000.
Mr Nickolls said he was pleased with the sale which was “pretty strong from the get-go”.
“It was great to have so many return clients purchase bulls but what was exciting was that we also had seven new buyers,” he said. “It was encouraging that our homebred Stud sire Dreamline H36 had 10 sons in the sale, averaging $7200.”
Other standout sires in the sale were Texas Western Express H639, with three sons averaging $8000, while Matauri Reality had seven sons averaging $7800.
The sale was conducted by Pinkerton, Palm, Hamlyn & Steen and Spence Dix & Co, with Spence Dix & Co’s Jono Spence as auctioneer.