*Total clearance of 46 bulls to $10,000, av $5371
Long term, repeat buyers took most of the bulls on offer at this year’s Quarter-Way Angus stud, North Scottsdale, Tasmania.
Stud principal Trevor Hall said while the average was down slightly on last year, he sold more bulls and a total clearance.
Last year the sale topper went for $9000, with an average of $6049. This year, three bulls sold for $9000. Mr Hall said the majority of purchasers had again been long-term, repeat buyers.
‘Last year we had a pretty good season and the bulls wintered pretty well, because we had good fodder crops,” he said.
The top selling bull, Quarter-Way Marshall M12, was sired by Boonaroo Join J196 HCAJ196 out of Quarter-Way Julie J140 TLHJ140.
The April 2016 drop bull weighed 742 kilograms and recorded Angus BREEDPLAN figures of an eye muscle area (EMA) of 110square centimetres, an average intramuscular fat of 5.1 per cent, P8 fat of four millimetres and rib fat of 3mm.
He was bought by Scottsdale’s Chris Hall, who said he would be used in a commercial breeding program. “We fatten everything, keeping the females and putting them in our breeding program,” Mr Hall said. “With the cattle job the way it is at the minute, if you buy quality, you can sell quality,” he said.
Bulls were sold to clients in north-east Tasmania, Flinders and King Islands and Victoria.
Elders’ Chris Durrant said Quarter-Way “has a an absolutely fantastic reputation” in Tasmania.
“A lot of buyers were saying the quality was comparable to the bulls available on the mainland,” Mr Durrant said.
“The Hall family have been doing this for a long time.
“They are just trying to get a bit of recognition, for what they are doing.
“The bulls are quiet, the bloodlines are great – I don’t think you can ask for more than that.”
The sale was conducted by Roberts Limited and Elders.