*7 of 20 bulls sold to $8500, av $4642
STRUGGLING with the harsh realities of the season, Chateau Limousin cleared just under half of its catalogue at its fifth annual on-property bull sale last week.
The Wangaratta stud offered 20 bulls, and sold seven, recording an average price of $4642.
But a stud buyer swooped in and bid to $8500 on Lot 4, taking home the top-priced bull of the sale.
That buyer was Rigdale Limousin stud, Ferndale, represented by Matthew and Joseph Rigano.
Lot 4, Chateau New Generation (P) (PF), was a polled, apricot bull, born in August 2017.
The bull recorded a birth weight of +1.8 kilograms, +22kg for 200-day weight, +27kg for 400-day weight and +45kg for 600-day weight.
The Riganos also purchased Lot 3, Chateau Net Worth (P) (PF), and said the trip north up the highway was worthwhile.
"We have bought genetics from Chateau in the past and have been significantly impressed with what we have in our herd," the stud said on its Facebook page.
"We can't wait to get them both home and see what they put on the ground for us."
Chateau Limousin stud co-principal Beverley McIntyre said while the sale was tough, there were promising aspects, including a new buyer and a few new attendees at the sale.
Ms McIntyre said they hoped rain would eventually come soon.