$18,000 for Simmental bull
A COMPETITIVE panel of buyers attended the eighth annual BCM Simmental sale at CQLX Gracemere on Monday 27, to witness a top price of $18,000 and a strong sale average of $4879.
Perry Gittens, Clermont, and vendor Liz Skene, Meldon Park Simmentals, Cecil Plains. Click on this photo to see more pics in our online gallery.
Rob and Viv Laycock and family, Clay Gully Simmentals, Esk, offered the 26-month-old Clay Gully Fidel sire.
He was purchased for $18,000 by Allan and Jeanette Williams, Riverside Pastoral Co, Nebo.
The polled sire weighed 1062kg, had a scrotal circumference measurement of 44.5 cm, and boasted an EMA of 140 square centimetres.
Clay Gully Fidel was successfully shown by the Laycock family this year, with supreme exhibit titles at Toogoolawah and Gatton Shows.
He was also named grand champion Simmental bull at the recent Brisbane Exhibition.
Stud principal Rob Laycock said they were very happy with the stud's average of $5412.
"We're happy that Fidel went to a good home and to good commercial producers," Mr Laycock said.
The Laycock family also sold the second top-priced bull, Clay Gully Fennick, to Gowrie Pastoral Co for $11,500.
The 926kg Billa Park F118 topped the draft for the Scott and Claire York and family, Billa Park Simmentals, Drillham, at $9000.
The 21-month-old sire, with an EMA of 135sq cm, sold to Ingerlara Grazing, Rolleston, which purchased a total of five bulls for a $6000 average.
Billa Park Simmentals sold another bull for $8000 to volume buyers Lochington Pastoral, Springsure.
In total the Billa Park stud sold 24 bulls for a strong $5062 average.
Rod and Liz Skene, Meldon Park Simmentals, Cecil Plains, opened the sale strongly for the sale group, with lots three and four selling for $7000 and $6500 respectively.
The $7000 Meldon Park Fish Net was purchased by Pengilly Family Trading Trust, and he had the highest intramuscular fat scan in the catalogue of 5.3 percent.
David and Di Hood, Kirkton, Ravenswood, were the largest volume buyers on the day, taking home nine bulls for an average price of $3778.
The Hoods, who trade as Redcliff Pastoral Co, said the Simmental bulls would be joined to Brahman breeders, and the crossbred cattle would be taken to their Middlemount property to grow and fatten out as bullocks.
In other highlights, Kearin and Beth Streeter, Marlborough, purchased Billa Park F47 for $7000, and Clay Gully Ferrari for $5000.
BA&HM Furber, Eins-leigh, took three bulls north for a top price of $700 and an average of $5000.
GJM&L Clark, Goovigen, bought the polled Billa Park F138 for $6500, while Brian Worma-well, Monivale Pastoral, Tara, purchased the polled Clay Gully Fraser F225 for $4500.
Alpha producers got among the action, with David and Bec Comiskey taking home Meldon Park Gunner for $5000, while Mal Dyer, Malanbar Grazing, Alpha, also took two Medlon Park bulls for $3000 each.
Agents: Elders, GDL and Savage, Barker and Backhouse.