Two half brothers from the Burenda Angus stud at Kaimkillenbun will now be calling Coolibah station at Roma home, when Daryl and Judy Harland sought out the genetics offered by young sires Burenda Lethal and Burenda L528 at the Black Stump Invitation bull sale at Blackall on Tuesday.
Both were sired by Burenda Geiger Counter, who is in the top 5 per cent for Angus breeding and heavy grain markets EBVs, and were described by stud spokesman Jonathan Schmidt as consistent, quiet and exhibiting good growth and carcase performance.
The Harlands paid the multi-vendor, multi-breed sale top price of $11,000 for 19 month old Burenda Lethal, whose average daily weight gain was 1.36kg/day and who had an EMA of 98.
They backed that up with the $6500 purchase of Burenda L528, 18 months old, weighing 628kg with an EMA of 94 and average daily weight gain of 1.34kg/day.
The purchases helped the stud to a $5386 average, and Jonathan said results at the Blackall sale “just keep getting better” for them.
The last time they sold at the venue their average was around $4500 and they had a top price of $7000.
Jonathan said it was verification of their policy of offering bulls that suited commercial operations.
Breeds represented in addition to the Angus included Murray Grey, Red Angus, Charolais, Simmental, Braford, Santa Gertrudis, Droughtmaster, Brahman and Charbray, for an 86-head offering.
The 76 head sold averaged $4803, for an 88pc clearance.
Repeat buyers George and Lorraine Bartolo, Carrinyah Pastoral at Nebo, were operating in the Simmental market, paying $9000 for Meldon Park L016, offered by the Skene family at Cecil Plains, and $8000 for Noanga Lamrock, one of four Simmental sires sold by Lindsay and Janet Allen, Curlewis, NSW.
Iain and Dominic Adams, Darracourt, Blackall were the volume buyers for the breed, successfully bidding for four bulls.
Kilkenny Charolais at Taroom sold all 16 bulls offered to record a $5062 average.
Errol and Jan Otto, Minnamoora, Jericho paid the top price of $6500, for a 23-month-old Australian pure, one of three purchases.
Quilpie’s Greg Windsor, Winade Holdings, was the other major Charolais buyer, returning home with five bulls.
Droughtmasters featured in the catalogue, thanks to both Lindsay and Janet Allan, Clayfield Droughtmasters, NSW, and the Bartolo family of Carinya Droughtmasters at Nebo.
The Glover family at Tambo paid the top price, $7000 for Clayfield Jiminee, weighing 776kg and an EMA of 129.
They also purchased Carinya Jarrah for $5000, weighing 680kg and with a scrotal circumference of 34.5cm.
All four of the McNamara family’s Strathgyle Braford herd bulls were sold under the hammer, with the Birchley family, Gartmore, Tambo taking two, for $3500 and $5000 respectively, to help the stud to a $3750 average.
Shell-Dee Murray Greys at Kingaroy sold two bulls, each for $3000, to Kim Ford at Jericho, and to the Marshall family at Lissoy, Blackall.
Adams and Son, Darracourt, Blackall purchased one of the three Swan Hill Santa Gertrudis bulls on offer, while Kangarin Brahmans sold all four of their bulls for $3000 each, to Muttaburra and Jericho.
The volume buyers on the day were Michael and Joanne Wells, Wollola Partnership, Jericho, who bought eight bulls, four from the Burenda Angus catalogue, three from the Carinya Droughtmaster stud, and the sole Charbray offering, from Kangarin stud at Biloela.
Caption: Lethal weapon: GDL livestock auctioneer Mark Duthie and Burenda Angus representative Jonathan Schmidt with sale topper Burenda Lethal. Picture: Sally Cripps.