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6 October, 2020

Four-year record smashed at Rocky Brahman Week

ROCKHAMPTON Brahman Week 2020 started with a bang at Central Queensland Livestock Exchange on Monday, with Clukan Boabab knocked-down for $210,000 on the opening day of selling - becoming the most expensive bull ever sold at the Brahman Week sale, and trumping the 2016 record price of $150,000.

By Edwina Watson RURAL LEADER JOURNALIST

Steve and Theresa Taylor's Clukan Boabab sold for a record top price of $210,000 to Gavin Scott, Rosetta Grazing, Collinsville, and Owen Scott, Ruan Grazing, Clermont

He became the most expensive bull ever sold at the Brahman Week sale, trumping the 2016 record price of $150,000.

Bred by Steve and Theresa Taylor, of Clukan Brahmans, Jambin, Queensland, the 952kg 27-month-old progeny of JDH Mr Elmo Manso and Clukan Bella was secured by two studs, Rosetta Grazing and Ruan Grazing.

Mrs Taylor said she was still coming to terms with what she described as the stud’s greatest achievement.

“He’s well put together, his temperament is spot on, and he is so well-balanced and correct,” Mrs Taylor said. “He walked into the yards with his beautiful polly head, which we think sealed the deal.

“This sale is a culmination of 34 years of hard work, and it’s so rewarding to see our cattle going to such wonderful homes.”

Australian Brahman Breeders’ Association Limited General Manager, Anastasia Fanning, congratulated Mr and Mrs Taylor as long-time investors in the industry.

“Steve and Theresa have invested a lot of time and money in the Brahman industry, and it’s wonderful to see them achieve this result,” Ms Fanning said.

“We knew today’s sale would be very strong, and we knew there were some people who were going to join together to create syndicates for certain bulls.

“But I have to say prices have exceeded our expectations. These long-time, generational breeders and industry leaders are being rewarded for their work, and I’m so excited to see what these sires will do.”

Luke and Theresa Taylor, Clukan Brahmans, with their top priced bull Clukan Boabab

Day 1 of selling at Brahman Week set a cracking pace, with the sale grossing $3,565,500 to average $13,354 for Grey Brahman bulls.

A major contributor to that success was large-volume vendor Tony Fenech, of Fenech Brahmans. Mr Fenech presented 24 bulls on the day.

“Brahman Week has such a huge variety of cattle and creates interest from people in NSW, the Northern Territory, and Western Australia,” Mr Fenech said.

“These are people who have been buying my bulls for more than 20 years. Most of them are from Central Queensland and are fairly big bullock producers.

“I feel it’s the best value-for-money bull sale for a purchaser as there are a lot to choose from.”

A well-known face at CQLX, Mr Fenech and his family have offered stud stock at Brahman Week since the early 1990s, and in 2012 and 2013 they topped the sale.

He said the key to the longevity of Fenech Brahmans’ performance was ongoing strict selection for the baseline breeding traits of fertility, structural soundness and temperament.

“Also, when we wean our calves at five to six months, we put them out to a paddock where they are not supplementary fed for at least 12 months,” Mr Fenech said.

“We make them do it tough, so they learn to forage for themselves. Our buyers say the bulls go to work and they don’t melt.”

Mr Fenech said his family was strongly involved in the business.

“My sons Chris and Will, along with Will’s wife Tracey, have established their own herds and also have bulls set to go under the hammer this week,” he said.

“And my grandchildren Rory (18), Jack(15), and Harry (12), are here with me and have been a great help. I’m very proud of them.”

Chris, Joanne, Tony and Will Fenech at the 2020 Rockhampton Brahman Week Sale

AAM Investment Group Northern Regional Manager, Gavin Tickle, said this year’s sale renewed confidence in the beef sector.

“This year’s string of Queensland bull sales has already fetched averages $2000 to $3000 more than last year’s,” Mr Tickle said. “It looks as though we could be in for even greater results at Brahman Week.

“It’s pleasing to see such confidence displayed right through the industry, from commercial sectors through to stud stock.”

Fern Hills Reds owner, Brett McCamley, also predicted a strong outcome for the sale on the back of a thriving cattle market.

“On Day 2 of the sale, 477 Grey bulls averaged $11,717, with Reds to follow on Day 3,” he said. “We’ve had bulls go to buyers experiencing a strength in seasons and an early break in the south.

“Territory buyers are also looking forward to an early break up there.”

Gympie MP and State Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Tony Perrett, sat ringside on Day 2 and said it was a pleasure to see top-quality stud stock on display.

“Agriculture is worth about $18 billion to the State of Queensland, and we know the beef industry plays a critical role in this,” Mr Perrett said.

“We’ve seen the commercial sector charge through hard economic times with vigour, and it’s important that seed stock production continues as well.

“It’s important that stud breeders continue to play their part in building the beef industry.”

Mr Perrett said red meat was in high demand and it was pleasing to see Queensland consumers purchasing more now than ever.

“The quality of beef we have in our retail stores is exceptional,” Mr Perrett said.

“I know the Brahman Breeders’ Association plays a key role in this. Well done to them.

“We know how important the breed is to the national cattle herd and particularly to the northern cattle industry.

“It’s been a great week and I wish all agencies, buyers and sellers the very best.”


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