Offered 23 56
Sold 16 28
Top $16,000 $30,000
Av $8375 $8321
Numbers at the 59th annual Herefords Australia Dubbo National Show & Sale dropped to less than half the 2019 offering but there was plenty of bidding for the bulls offered online.
Last week 16 of 23 bulls sold to a $16,000 high, averaging $8375.
Ben and Leanne Rumbel, Guyra,NSW, received the sale high for Supple Panlicker P160, a son of Merawah Spotlight H35, which was knocked down to Robert Hain, Gunyah Herefords, Cooma, NSW.
The 878 kilogram bull appealed to Mr Hain for its good conformation and muscle pattern.
"It's got a nice, soft muscle pattern and a good smooth shoulder," he said.
"We're looking for cattle that are easy doing with a moderate frame and slightly earlier maturing."
Panlicker will be joined with 40 Gunyah cows at an agistment block in Yeoval due to a lack of feed around Cooma.
"Hopefully we'll get some sort of a spring and they can all come home again," Mr Hain said.
The $i15,000 second highest price was paid for Grathlyn Pacemaker, offered by the Rayner family of Grathlyn Pastoral, Mudgee, NSW.
The 890kg son of New Zealand bred sire, Koanui Techno 3062 was snapped up by Llandillo Herefords, Bathurst, NSW.
Llandillo's Lee White said Pacemaker was the type of bull they were looking for with "good softness and carcase" for both their commercial branded beef operation and stud.
Pacemaker had an impressive set of estimated breeding values with 200 day weight, 400daywt and 600daywt all in the top one per cent of the Hereford breed.
Another Techno son, Grathlyn Pagan sold for $12,000 to Kidman Poll Herefords, Dubbo, NSW.
SA vendors Allan and Heather Morgan, Willalooka, had a total clearance of their three bulls for a $8667 average.
This included lot Morganvale Pattinson which made $10,000.
Sale chairman Andrew Rayner said the inclusion of heifers to the catalogue had been a success with all four selling for a $5875 average.
"We knew bull numbers would be tight this year and with the Sydney Royal sale not going ahead it was a good opportunity to boost our numbers," he said.
A 14-month-old unjoined heifer from Tim and Jemma Reid, JTR Cattle Company, Roslyn, NSW, was the category's top price selling for $10,500 to Talumbi Herefords, Yarra, NSW.