2013 Bull Sale
Inaugural Dunlop sale averages $4897
Story: Kent Ward
– 68 bulls av $4897 – top $14,000
– 98 percent clearance
A massive vote of confidence for the breeding policies and the phenotypes on offer was apparent at the inaugural Dunlop Sale, Proston, in September.
Seventy-four intending purchasers filled out bid cards that resulted in a two state buyers panel and a very consistent market place for the predominately oats prepared offering. Dissecting the catalogue showed that the classified category averaged $5321 and the purebred segment averaged a healthy $4211.
Vendors, Scott and Rebecca Dunlop saw their classified products reach a $14,000 high while purebred commercials hit $8000 on the way to a 97 percent clearance and a bottom line medium of $4897.
Matt and Rachel Windrum, Gralyn Stud, Monkerai, NSW claimed the proceedings market topper in the form of the $14,000, Nebo (P). Weighing 904kg with a 135EMA and scans of 13/12mm coupled with a gain of 1.22kg/day the 23-month-old double sided poll by Dunlop Highlander (Waco Landlord) is from a Yarrawonga Merchant (P) female.
Clark and Tait, Mantuan Downs, Springsure selected the $10,000 Nackers (24-months) a 848kg, 130EMA son of Diamond H F85 (Cumberland Paloma). The two-year-old Nashville (Hardigreen Park Landmark) with a liveweight of 842kg and a 125EMA sold to the Spean Pastoral Company, Spean, Esk. Spean Pastoral ended with a pair to average $7750.
John and Vicki Howard, Burleigh Estates, Biloela took home two averaging $7500. Top of their selections was the $8500 22-month-old Neo (P) (Diamond H J201) gaining 1.110g/day and boasting a EMA scan of 117.
Shaun and Mindy Durdin, Heathwood, Springsure selected the $8000 Nockatunga (23-months) a 822kg son of the retained Dunlop Jumbuck (Santa Park Sangster). Their other $8000 entry was the top selling purebred commercial entry a 23-month-old, 908kg son of Hardigreen Park Landmark. Durdin’s picked up a trio averaging $7334.
Leon Franz, Franz Pastoral Company, Manumbar selected the day’s second top purebred entry. At $7000 the 866g, 25-month-old by Diamond H G209 scanned a 132EMA and gained 1.10kg/day.
Richard, Julie and Carla Grimes, Corrunovan Cattle Company, Boondooma signed off on four to average $3500 while Greg, Gail and Lachlan Menzies, Jaletto Pty Ltd., The Bend, Taroom ended with a trio to average $4833 topping at $6500 for sale opener Nero (22-months) (Waco Scrouge). Owen Bassingthwaighte and family, Yabba Pastoral Company, Kilcoy accounted for four to average them $3375. Picking up three herd bulls to average $5000 where the David, Sharon, Glen and Leisel Jenkinson, Hawkwood, Mundubberra with Springsure producers, Tresswell Cattle Company also picking up three to average them $3883.
Ross, Yvonne and Garth Christiansen, Campo Santo, Taroom were active taking six for on average $4417 topping at $5500 for a 22-month-old poll boasting a Highlander/Merchant pedigree. Bollon based Woolerina Grazing operated by Andrew and Lauren Winks were another in the buyer panel taking four to a high of $4500 to end with an average of $3500. Scott and Julie McGuigan, Nedyah Cattle Company, Thangool took three to average $5334 topping at $6000.
Agents: Shepherdson & Boyd and Ray White Livestock Sales Management
On behalf of Rebecca, Riley, Jack and Harry, I take great pleasure in extending an invitation to our inaugural Dunlop Santa Sire Sale to be held at ‘Jingeri’ on Saturday 7th September.
This year we offer 80 rising two-year-old bulls from 30 different sire lines. This broad genetic diversity makes it possible for clients to continually return to select replacement sires without the fear of becoming genetically “bound up” or inbred. While we retain several of our best young bulls every year, we still continually source new blood from several other breeders.
As stated earlier, all sale bulls were bred on ticky forest country. They were weaned and assembled at ‘Jingeri’ where they continued their education to horses, dogs and boisterous young boys. They were then shifted to ‘Kia-ora’ where they enjoyed the tail end of the oats crop. ‘Kia-ora’ is better type scrub country which allows us to grow out our younger bulls without supplementation, something that could not be achieved on the spear grass and cane grass.
The bulls endured a tough, dry spring/summer until flooding rains began on Australia Day. While we went from one extreme to the other, we were much happier with the second. The Lab Lab crop that was in the ground was yellow from moisture stress and remained yellow from “wet feet”. This soon rectified itself with the bulls able to go onto the crop in March. The mob of 130 accounted for the feed relatively quickly, however it gave them a much needed nutritional boost with the compensatory gain being quite evident.
The bulls did get a little hungry while waiting for the oats crop which they went onto on the 14th of June. Once again they began to power ahead. In the interests of full disclosure, the bulls have also had access to a grain based ration at the commencement of grazing the oats. Due to the abundance of oats they have shown little interest in this supplementation, consuming an average of 4-5kg/head/day. With the bulls appearing to be doing exceptionally well on the green feed we plan to remove this supplementation. By sale day they will have had 85 days on oats with all bulls being run in the one mob in the one paddock for this 85 days.
INAUGURAL BULL SALE
7th SEPTEMBER 2013, 12 noon
On-Property, “Jingeri” Proston
James Croft 0429 318 646
Roger Lyne 0427 698 866
Shepherdson & Boyd
Dick 0418 713 413
Vince 0418 989 218
David 0428 713 411
Jack 0488 192 107