STUD records fell in all directions at the Bellinger family's 19th annual on-property Charolais bull and female sale at Goodnwindi, Furner, on Monday.
Seven of the nine Charolais bulls on offer sold to local repeat buyers and new clients. Bidding reached $12,000 twice - a $5000 increase on last year's top price, eclipsing the stud's previous best of $8500, paid at their 2018 sale.
The sale average of $7071 was also up by $1786 from the 2020 average of $5285.
First-time buyers JG&J Swayn made the four-hour trip from Lake Purrumbete, Vic, to the Furner stud and paid the top price twice for lots 1 and 4 in the catalogue.
Jason Swayn had heard good feedback on the Goodnwindi sires from the stud's field day in February, and was exceptionally happy with the temperament, softness and thickness of the bulls.
He described the bulls as being "just what we want" to complement their commercial vealer operation.
MD Emery and MH Burzacott, Robe, bought two sires, paying $6000 and $5000 for lots 6 and 9, respectively, with the other bulls selling to local repeat buyers.
The records continued to tumble when the action switched to the female offering, with a total clearance of 60 females with calves at-foot, selling to $3800 - $800 up on last year's top - for Angus-Hereford cows with Angus calves at-foot.
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These were knocked down to Graham Sapiatzer, RN&NA Sapiatzer, Sebastopol, Vic, through John Chay & Co.
Nine pregnancy-tested in-calf females sold to II&P Hocking, through Nutrien Livestock, Lucindale, to a top of $2950.
Stud principals Tasha and Danny Bellinger were "stoked" by the bull and female results.
"It's the first time we've ever broke through into double figures," Tasha said of the bull prices. "To do it twice at the sale - well, we're pretty happy."
Danny felt it was the best offering the stud had presented.
"It shows (Steve Bellinger's) commitment to genetics, being the first year we've had bulls with Temana 45 bloodlines in the sale, one making the top price" Tasha said. "He (Steve) keeps investing in the top genetics, and with everyone chasing polled bulls we're improving our line-up every year."
The sale was conducted by Nutrien with Richard Miller the auctioneer.
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