*Total clearance of 50 bulls sold to $11,500, av $6170
REPEAT clients dominated the annual Claremont Angus bull sale at Woolsthorpe, with new faces the top volume buyers.
Claremont stud principals Graeme and Liz Glasgow said some buyers were second and third-generation clients.
"They purchase our bulls because they are quiet, easy to handle and produce an even line of calves," the Glasgows said.
Claremont Angus records total bull clearance
The top-priced bull, Claremont Blacks Q934, was bought by Tony Heath, Kanagulk.
A March, 2019-drop bull, Blacks was out of what the stud principals described as a 10-year-old, super fertile cow, Claremont Blacks Zena F026.
He was sired by Queensland bull Texas Western Express, H220.
The bull was in the top 2 per cent for scrotal circumference, measuring 46 centimetres, top 15pc for 600-day weight and top 20pc for 400-day weight.
His TransTasman Angus Cattle evaluation figures included a birth weight of 4.2 kilograms, 200-day weight of +48, 400-day weight of +96 and 600-day weight of +130.
Blacks had a carcase weight of +73kg, an eye muscle area of +2.3, a rib measurement of +0.1, rump of +1.8 and intramuscular fat of +0.7.
"We were very, very impressed by the genetics of Texas West Express," Mr Glasgow said.
"We have used a lot more of him, so in this coming season there will be a lot more bulls by him."
Volume buyers were new clients, Gerald and Diana Dobbe, Dartmoor.
"They came along to our open day and were so impressed they came back and bought five bulls, I think that is the most a single buyer has ever purchased," he said.
Return clients included JC HM &PJ Dumesny, Port Fairy, who bought four, RD & SE Horspole, Leslie Manor and Midfield Pastoral, Woolsthorpe, who bought three each.
John Howard, Michael Blain, C & G Pickering, Trevor Dyson, Brian Smith, Russell Gray, Ian Rhode, Jordan Matthews and Arthur Kemp bought two bulls each.
The Glasgows said prices were very even throughout, which reflected the evenness of the type of bulls on offer.
"The season is one out of the box, one that usually only happens every 30 or 40 years," the Glasgows said.
With an average of about $900 more than last year, Mr Glasgow said it was a great season to be in cattle.
"Not only bulls, but cattle in general," he said.
Alister Nash, Stewart Nash McVilly, said bulls went locally, with one buyer from a property near the SA border.