SIMMENTAL bulls sold to $7500 twice during the 10th annual Tugulawa stud sale at Mil-Lel on Wednesday last week.
Strong prices received at the sale helped to lift the stud's bull price average to $5233 - $500 higher than last year's sale average - which Tugulawa stud principals Gary and Joy Allen were very pleased about.
Overall, 15 bulls sold during auction, with another three finding homes after the sale.
Lot 1 of the sale - Tugulawa Paramount - made the $7500 top price, paid by repeat commercial buyer Jill Rowley, Mount Gambier.
The two-year-old "extremely thick and powerful" red bull "with plenty of depth and softness" was a standout son of Glen Anthony Y-Arta AY02 and out of Tugulawa Goldie - one of the stud's best Evan-blood females.
It weighed 792 kilograms, had an eye muscle area of 128 square centimetres and had a full eye pigment.
Then lot 19 - Tugulawa Piping Hot - also went to $7500, bought by Bywong Park Simmentals from Albury, NSW.
This black, "stylish" 20-month-old, described as having "depth, power, softness and a great temperament", was a son of WLB Bounty Hunter 365C and out of Lancaster Erica H433, which produced the 2018 Royal Melbourne Show reserve junior.
It weighed 750kg, had an 116EMA and 100pc eye pigment.
Bywong stud principal Sandra Lang-Schilg was after Erica bloodline to add a new genetic to her breeding program.
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Repeat buyer AJ Telford & Sons, Mil-Lel, bought lot 9 at the sale's second-highest price of $7000, while repeat volume buyer N&N Kerr, Drik Drik, Vic, bought five bulls, averaging $4000.
The Allens also offered 18 females with calves at-foot, with 16 sold to $3000, averaging $2415.
Mavstar Simmental stud, Myamyn, Vic, bought lot 31, a PTIC heifer, at the $3000 top price and a yearling heifer for $2500, while repeat buyer Joel Trim, The Wilgas Simmental stud, Duri, NSW, bought three yearling heifers.
The Allens were happy to see new faces and repeat buyers, and positive comments on the presentation of their cattle.
Miller Whan & John Mount Gambier conducted the sale, with auctioneer Bernie Grant, LMB Linke, Vic.
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