Bulls sell to $18,000 at Banquet's spring sale

Sale top: Holly McLeod and her father Steven McLeod, of Macarthur, with (at rear) Banquet Angus's Hamish Branson and the top-priced bull.
Sale top: Holly McLeod and her father Steven McLeod, of Macarthur, with (at rear) Banquet Angus's Hamish Branson and the top-priced bull.

Bulls sold to a top of $18,000 and an average of $7617 at Banquet Angus’s 2017 spring sale this week.

All 34 bulls offered were sold.

The top price of $18,000 was paid for Banquet Lex L172, by Millah Murrah Jupiter J194, which was knocked down to repeat Banquet buyers, SP & NJ McLeod, of Macarthur. 

Steven McLeod liked the bull’s depth of body, overall shape, excellent growth figures (of 200 day +47 kilograms, 400 day +84kg and 600 day +121kg) and a high milk figure of +17kg. 

The McLeod family’s herd calves in spring and they like to buy their bulls in the spring, ready to use. 

They also bought at last year’s Banquet September sale, paying second top price of $14,000.

The sale got off to a good start with Lot 1, Banquet Lithgow L251 by the USA sire S Chisum 6175, a very high growth bull, selling to B&A Stephens, Buckley Swamp, for $14,000.

Other sale highlights included Tasmanian Livestock Consulting agent, Cade Ebdan, buying for long term client Tom Shoobridge, Cleveland Cattle, Ouse, Tas.

He paid $12,000 for Banquet Literally L509, a bull from which the Banquet stud retained semen.

Repeat buyers BJ & DJ Pitt from Coonawarra, SA, also paid $12,000 for Banquet Lime L446, a powerful headed, deep bodied bull with excellent scrotal development by Duncan D412.

Another bull to make $12,000, was Banquet Logic L520 went to G,P&D Norman, Wangaratta.

This bull was by Aberdeen Estate Homer H70, a son of which sold earlier in the year for $30,000 to the well-known Toora West herd. 

The top autumn drop bull Banquet Museum M122, out of a Banquet Champagne female, also sold for $12,000 to Lealla Partnership, Macarthur.

Regular buyers Tauroma Farming, Moree, NSW, continue to purchase top Banquet bulls paying $10,000 each for Lots 6 and 7, sons of Banquet Forbidabull F485 and Banquet Gentleman G500. 

Both these impressive bulls have the legendary Dream and Kite families on the dam side. 

Phil Canavan, Myamyn, paid $10,000 for his purchase of Banquet Layby L164, a son of Millah Murrah Jupiter J194.

The biggest volume buyer was Glenwood Pastoral Trust, Hawkesdale, which purchased three bulls to $6000.

AuctionsPlus also operated throughout the sale taking bulls to $6,500.

Buyers came from four states to bid at the sale at the Mortlake saleyards.

The sale attracted 30 registered bidders among a crowd of about 100 people who endured cold and blustery conditions.

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