*63 of 69 bulls sold to $21,000, av $8485
Due to coronavirus lockdown measures, about half of the bulls offered at The Glen's Walwa bull sale went to online bidders, who helped push the average up by about $2000 on last year.
The Glen stud co-principal Mike Gadd said despite the fact many buyers couldn't attend in person, the $21,000 top price was reflected in a 35 per cent increase in the sale gross.
"COVID-19 travel restrictions, lockdowns and the Victorian border closure excluded most of The Glen's NSW clients from attending," Mr Gadd said.
"About half of The Glen's clients are based in NSW, so we are grateful for the work put in by the agents and to AuctionsPlus for the service they provide."
He said it was a very pleasing sale, given the interruptions to travel plans due to COVID-19.
Top-seller, The Glen Command R137, was sired by Baldrige Command C036 out of The Glen Mildred P360.
The July 2020-drop bull had a birthweight of +4.8 kilograms, 200-day weight of 57kg, 400-day weight of +104kg and 600-day weight of 136kg.
His carcase weight was estimated to be +81kg.
The bull recorded an eye muscle area (EMA) of 12.8 square centimetres, a rib fat depth of -1.2 millimetres, retail beef yield (RBY) of +2.8 per cent and intramuscular fat of 2pc.
Command R137 has positive calving ease estimated breeding values and is in the top 10pc of the Angus breed for growth, carcase weight and docility.
He is also in the top 1pc for EMA and RBY.
Repeat buyers Michael and Marion Blake, Winslade, Mt Stromlo, ACT, purchased the top-priced bull.
The Blakes also purchased Lot 34, The Glen New Ground R164, for $16,500.
The volume buyer was a repeat client, Richard Wilton, Nioka Past Co, Pulletop, NSW, who purchased five bulls to $14,000 for Lot 11, av $8600.
Another volume buyer was a new client, RC Otto & KL Findlay, Tallandoon, who bought four bulls to $7500.
The second top price, Lot 32, The Glen Keystone R186, was purchased by local repeat buyer Rob Whiteley, Cudgewa, for $20,000.
Keystone R186 was described by the stud as moderate for birthweight, in the top 1pc for carcase weight, and top 5pc for growth and marbling.
He was one of three bulls by Landfall Keystone K132, which averaged $16,333.
Eight bulls sired by a home-bred bull, The Glen Keystone P21 (by Landfall Keystone K132), sold to $14,000 to average $10,500.
A draft of seven grey bulls topped at $18,000.