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16 October, 2020

Artesian bull sale 'one of the best yet'

THE BIDDING was fast and furious on Monday as a top-quality catalogue of bulls were offered in the Artesian Droughtmaster Sale at Blackall Saleyards.

By Jaimee-Lee Prow

Darcy McKenzie (Yaralla Droughtmasters), Trent McKinlay (Nutrien) and Gus McCormack (Clonlara Droughtmasters) with Artesian top seller Yaralla Arthur

In its twelfth year running, Nutrien Livestock agents labelled the sale “one of the best yet.”

Western Red Droughtmaster Stud Principals Dean and Julie Allen, Tarcombe, Stonehenge, said the sale had built a solid reputation among Queensland producers in terms of quality, price and location. 

“Over the years the calibre and line-up of bulls continues to grow despite the impacts of drought,” Mrs Allen said. “We now offer some of the best in the State.” 

The Allens coordinated the event and were vendors on the day, and said like many good ideas, the sale had come to fruition over a cold beer.

“The vendor group were talking about the idea to pool our quality bulls together for sale, and then Nutrien came on board,” Mrs Allen said. “We then chose Blackall Saleyards to host the sale because of its centrality.” 

The quality catalogue drew featured stud bulls from Yaralla (Blackwater), Glenlands (Dingo), Medway (Willow Gemfields), Locarno (Dingo), Clonlara (Dilga and Glenmorgan) and Western Red (Stonehenge). 

The sale-topping bull was Lot 54 Yaralla Arthur, purchased for $20,000 by the McCormack family of Clonlara Droughtmasters, Glenmorgan. 

Clonlara Droughtmasters Principal, Gus McCormack, hoped the 23-month, 790kgs bull would add value to the stud’s breeding direction. 

“I was impressed by his bone, lift and stretch, tidy underline and beautiful temperament,” Mr McCormack said.

“He had the overall balance that I am looking for. This is a good bull from a good stable.” 

Yaralla Arthur boasted an eye muscle area of 128 square cms and a scrotal circumference of 42 cms. 

Polled bull, Lot 40 Medway Congress, secured the second highest price on the day and sold to Larry Farquhar of Calco Droughtmasters, Rolleston for $18,000. 

A youngster at 20 months, Medway Congress weighed in at 830 kgs, with an eye muscle area of 140 square cms and a scrotal circumference of 39 cms. 

Mr Farquhar also purchased Lot 64 Medway Charity for $17,000. 

Dean Allen said the vendor group had been blown away by the demand shown in the sale ring.

“This year we felt we presented our strongest line yet,” Mr Allen said.

“All 71 bulls were cleared through the ring, bringing a sale average of $9,380. This was an increase of fifty eight per cent on the previous year,” he said.

“It is very pleasing to see the support of many repeat buyers as well as quite a few first-time buyers and bidders.

“Whilst the sale average was high, we felt there was still good value there for the buyers,” Mr Allen said. 

The Scholes family of Blackall were successful in purchasing nine bulls and received the Bulk Buyers prize from TJO Grassroots Consulting. 

Mrs Allen added that for many years the vendor group had donated 10 per cent of the proceeds from a chosen bull from each respective stud. She said this year they were extremely pleased to present a cheque of $4,800 to the Royal Flying Doctor Service. 

Young Harry Allen (Western Red Droughtmasters, Stonehenge) and Mikeely Donaldson (Medway Droughtmasters) are chuffed about showcasing the cheque for the Royal Flying Doctor Service







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