*46 of 55 bulls sold to $8000 four times, av $5739
DESPITE the wet and windy weather at Barwidgee’s annual spring sale, there was plenty of buying power in the stands with 46 of the 55 bulls selling to a top of $8000 four times with an average of $5739. This average is slightly down on last year’s result, but Barwidgee sold 19 more bulls last Thursday.
The first bull to reach $8000 was Lot 1, Barwidgee 15582, which was knocked down to the Kelly Family, Mooramook, Caramut. The two year-old Rennylea C511 grandson bends the growth curve with top 20 per cent for birth weight (BW) and top 10pc for 400 day growth, and its in the top 5pc for eye muscle area (EMA).
Daquiri Nominees, Dunkeld, was quick to snap up Lot 4, Barwidgee 15480 a grandson of Tuwharetoa Regent D145 with a low BW of +2.6 and EMA of +7.9. They also bought Lot 23 for $4500. Hopkins River, Dunkeld, purchased Lot 7 Barwidgee 15102, a Rennylea Edmund E11 son and Booroomooka Undertaken grandson with a very low BW of 0.0, as well as Lot 27 for $7500. Lowana Holdings, Condah, picked up the last equal top lot, Lot 11 Barwidgee 15172 a Te Mania Emperor E343 son with a +3.1 for BW, +3.1 for EMA and +2.9 for IMF. They also purchased Lot 33 for $5000.
Volume buyers included Linlithgow Plains with nine bulls to $7500, av $5000. Brandon Pastoral secured five bulls, av $5500, while Woorabinda Pastoral and Eulo Pastoral both purchased four bulls, av $5625 and $5500 respectively. Linlithgow manager Graeme Steph said they returned to Barwidgee to buy low birth weight bulls.
“There is a great selection of bulls to select from, we purchased a total of nine bulls to use over our two-year old Angus cross heifers.”
Barwidgee’s Wendy Kelly said they were pleased to have so many repeat buyers.
“The bulls were well priced in the current market and with so many bulls by our own sires was very pleasing.”
Three more bulls were sold after the auction.