2018 Bowen Bull Sale Report
THE 23rd annual Bowen studs bull sale started with a bang. A packed bidding gallery had gathered with one thing in mind. The rain will come and they need to keep good quality bull lines in their herds for when it does.
Over 107 registered bidders came from all of the eastern states including, Tasmania, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.
With an offering of 56 Herefords, 51 were sold to an impressive average of $7588.
Nine bulls found over $10,000 with the top price of $64,000 going to Bowen Magistrate M241.
The 25 month old, homozygous polled bull, who weighed 984 kilograms, has a top ten percent scrotal circumference of 44 centimetres and a top 15 pc 400-day weight, carcass weight and grass and grain indexes had a lively bidding frenzy from the start.
John Settree, Landmark Stud Stock, purchased the bull on behalf of David Lyons, Melville Park Poll Hereford stud, Vasey, Victoria.
“David has been a big supporter of the Bowen program for several years,” Mr Settree said.
“This bull was selected because of his strong pedigree, a fantastic set of data, genetically and phenotypically he is very strong,
“He has a great depth of body and beautiful skin and hair.
“The data set on the bottom of the page of the catalogue, his estimated breeding values, set him alight today.
“He was identified at the recent field days as a top selection.”
Three bulls made the second highest price of $14,000.
Bowen Mooloolaba M281, a 23 month old, 894kg bull with a scrotal measurement of 42cm was purchased by the Higgens family from Nowendoc.
Bowen Magenta M240, the 24 month old, 892kg bull with a scrotal measurement of 39cm was purchased by CA Flower and Company, Roma, who took home four bulls averaging $10,666.
Bowen McCoy M171, a 22 month old son of Days Calibre G74, weighted 876kg and scrotal measurement of 44cm was purchased by Edendale Company, Inverell. They also purchased six Angus bulls to a draft average of $12571. This included one of the top priced Angus bulls at $14,000.
Volume purchasers were Cooma Pastoral Company, Moree. They purchased five bulls to an average of $5400 with a high of $8000.
Also taking home four Herefords were Okeview Pastoral company, Scone. Their average was $9250 to a top of $12,000 and they also purchased two Angus bulls averaging $9500 topping at $10,000.
Sixty Angus bulls were offered in in a strong following with all bar two selling.
The top price of $14,000 was achieved three times early on in the sale and averaging $9793 proving how even the bidding and the outstanding quality of bulls.
Peakes Bowen Braveheart M788, a 22 month old, 912kg, son of New Zealand sire Braveheart of Stern, holds a scrotal circumference of 42cm was purchased by the O’Brien family from Rocky Creek.
The O’Briens also purchased two other bulls for a draft average of $12666.
Peakes Bowen Resource M785, a 22 month old, 968kg, son of American bred S A V Resource 1441, was purchased by Edendale Company, Inverell.
Edendale also as previously mentioned took home a total draft of seven bulls.
Peakes Bowen Genisis M627, a 23 month old, 904kg, son of Pathfinder Genisis G357 , was purchased by the Witten family from Barraba. The Witten’s purchased one other bull for a draft average of $,11000.
Volume purchasers of the Angus bulls included Aligundi Pastoral Company, Barraba who purchased a draft of seven to an average of $9571.
Purchasing seven Angus and two Herefords were Bradley’s Flat Pastoral Company for a draft average of $8222.
Stephen Peake, Co Principal thought it was a result right out of the box given the season and records of drought over such a wide area.
“It is very reassuring that the people are buying our products.” Mr Peake said.
“We expected our averages to be cut back dramatically but they exceeded what we thought we would get.
“We are astounded by the massive support on our Angus, the people were bidding before the auctioneer had finished his spiel.”
The sale was conducted by Landmark Stud Stock with Paul Dooley controlling the bids.