BANQUET Angus celebrated its 30th anniversary last week, welcoming new and return clients to its new selling complex north of Mortlake.
In celebration of this milestone, the Branson family put forward a line of 26 stud females, their first female offering since their 'Belles of Banquet' sale in 2015.
This decision was well received when Lot 7 - Banquet Dream N536 - secured the top-priced price tag, selling for $30,000.
A descendent of the original Dream cow imported by Banquet, she was secured by Damian, Faye and Brodhi Carracher through Elders Casterton.
Dream N536 will be used in the family's Grangeburn Simmentals operation in the growth of their SimAngus program, when she goes into an embryo program in spring.
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Second top-priced female was Lot 3 - Banquet Kite J463 - who was purchased by Moorunga Angus, Dromana, for $28,000.
Moorunga also secured the second top-priced bull of the sale, Lot 45 - Banquet Raving R067 - which was the first son to be offered by Banquet Nuttella.
Speaking on behalf of Moorunga stud principal John Matthies was stud manager Glenn Trout, who said J463 was a proven donor, and she would complement the line of females they had been putting together over the last 18 months.
Mr Trout said their bull purchase stood out because of his performance and docility.
"He has a real sire outlook to him, a good foot structure, and he's just got the right fundamentals to benefit the herd and keep them performing," he said.
R067 was not to be eclipsed by his half brother, Lot 46 - Banquet Radley R060 - who was the second son to sell, hitting the top price of the sale of $62,000.
He was secured by a syndicate of Dennis Hayward, Glenlock Angus, Everton, and the Hall family, Quarter Way Angus, Scottsdale, Tasmania.
Banquet stud principals Stephen and Noeleen Branson were blown away by the support received for their bulls and their program.
"Our focus has always been to be commercially relevant, but to see the stud interest here today has just been phenomenal," Mr Branson said.
"The female section was a special offering as we mark this milestone, but it was great to see bulls there for everybody."
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