Bulls sold to a top of $8000 and averaged $5020 at Weeran Angus’s spring bull sale at Byaduk on Tuesday.
Fifty three of 64 bulls offered sold.
Weeran Angus’s co-principal Alec Moore said the result “was a tougher day at the office than he had expected” and he had anticipated more demand during what has been a boom time in the beef industry.
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Mr Moore said recent seasons had enabled him to present cattle in the best condition he had been able to achieve during his time in primary production.
He said those that bought bulls had gained good value for great types.
Gordon Dickinson, of Nareen Station, was one of the two buyers to pay the top price of $8000, buying Lot 2, the two-year-old 866 kilogram Weeran Lark L543, sired by Barwidgee Jay W, that had a birth weight 37kgs, a 200 day weight of 44kgs, 400 days 94kgs, 600 days 121 kgs, an EMA of 5 and an IMF of 1.5.
Mr Dickinson said he had buying bulls from Weeran Angus for 15 years and liked not only their genetics but also their easy handling temperament.
He said Nareen Station calved in autumn and spring and Weeran Angus’s twice a year bull sales suited Nareen’s breeding program.
Nareen Station ran a jackaroo training program that involved young people and wanted bulls that were easy to manage.
The other buyer who paid top price was Ned Kelly of Woorabinda, at Caramut, who bought Lot 5, the 900kg Weeran Lava L421, sired by Musgrave Big Sky, that had a birth weight weight of 48kgs, a 200 day weight of 55kgs, 400 day at 96kgs, 600 day at 124kgs, an EMA of 4.7 and an IMF of 2
Nareen Station also paid $7000 for Lot 18, Weeeran Lavish L300, one of about four bulls to fetch that figure.
Volume buyers included the Savin family of Corinda-Vale of Macarthur who bought six bulls.
Sam Savin said Weeran Angus produced very stylish bulls, that were moderate in size and temperament.
Other volume buyers were James Earl, of The Hummocks at Cavendish, who bought six, and James Mann, of Caramut, who bought five.
Ross Dumesny, of Rosverland Farms at Tarrone, was also a multiple buyer.
Mr Moore said the stud was continuing to build good relationships with local beef producers such as Nareen Station and the Manns who were strong supporters of the stud.
The auction included several bulls aged from 15-18 months old, that found good interest from the crowd, selling from $3500-$5000.
Mr Moore told the auction that the bulls passed in, apart from yearling bulls, would be available for $4500.