BLACK South Devon bulls were in demand at Jamestown-based stud Davelle’s online sale in Jamestown on Friday, with both of the stud's sires selling on the day.
Stud principals David and Rochelle Leese offered 11 South Devon and 3 Droughtmaster bulls, as well as 15 South Devon females in their sixth annual sale, conducted by AuctionsPlus.
The breed offers a great genetic opportunity.
Overall, four bulls were sold to $5000, averaging $3750.
None of the 15 female lots found buyers.
The Black South Devons were the standout success, with Mr Lease saying they were ‘gaining popularity’.
“The breed offers a great genetic opportunity,” he said.
“Crossing them over Angus females and keeping the F1 females as future breeders adds hybrid vigour, whilst maintaining the British look.”
Mr Leese said the overall sale results were disappointing, adding it was “a tough sale for a small beef breed,” not helped by the dry season in many surrounding areas.
The $5000 top price bull was lot 11, Davelle Cool Kobie N59, a red South Devon bull bought by South East client Morris Oliver, Oliver Nominees, Avenue Range.
Mr Oliver admired the performance and balance of the sire, saying it was an ‘overall good bull.’
Davelle Cool Kobie N59 was an August 2017-drop that had above average values for all Breedplan traits.
The second-highest price bull was Davelle Black Rich, which went for $4000 to CG&J Coe, Henty, NSW, who plan to use the bull in their crossbreeding program.
The other two bulls sold both went for $3000, one each to RN&YM Hagger, Bordertown, and long-term client Willybee Pastoral, Wudinna.
Remaining Droughtmasters and South Devons are available for private sale.