*33 of 34 bulls sold to $14,000, av $6800
AN ANGUS stud near Beaufort recorded a 97 per cent clearance rate at its bull sale last week, selling its top-priced bull for $14,000.
Prison-based Langi Kal Kal Angus sold 33 of its 34 bulls on offer and offloaded another four bulls minutes after the sale finished.
Langi Kal Kal farm manager Kahn Jantzen said there was a good turnout of people from across the state.
"We sold bulls from Kyneton to Warragul and from Warrnambool to Nhill and we had a bit of interest from areas which we haven't seen before," he said.
Mr Jantzen said he noticed a strong demand for well-performing bulls given recent rains and low female numbers nationally following on from the prolonged drought.
"The break in the season has given some confidence and the shortage of female cattle has influenced that result because people are focusing on their breeding program more to get the numbers back up," he said.
The stud improved on its 2019 top-priced figure of $11,000, as well as its clearance rate clearance rate after selling 23 of 32 bulls 12 months ago.
"It shows we had the demand to probably offer a handful more bulls," Mr Jantzen said.
The top-priced bull (lot 13) was bought by The Bell family, Kilomorey Partnership, Warrnambool, for $14,000 who purchased a second bull lot four for $10,000.
Lot 13 had estimated breeding values (EBVs) of a birth weight of +3.8 kilograms, a 200-day weight of +49kg, a 400-day weight of +88kg and a 600-day weight of +115kg.
He had EBVs of a +0.5 millimetre rib, +0.2 rump and an eye muscle area (EMA) of +5.6 square centimetres.
Buying agent Nutrien Ag Solutions livestock manager Kieran Johnstone, Warrnambool, said the top-priced bull would be joined to a commercial Angus herd on May 1 for autumn calving.
"We really liked the figures, his low birth weight [and] his milking ability," he said.
"He'll be used in a commercial program at Kilmorey to target weaners for the feedlot market."
The stud had several buyers who bought two bulls including long-term client Rowallan Pastoral, Burrumbeet, which bought two bulls.