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Clunie Range bulls reach $45,000, average $12,324

The LandReported by:
Ruth Schwager

Auctioneer Michael Smith, Elders, Clunie Range stud principal Brett Guest, and buyers Sam and Sandra Trovatello, Adameluca Angus, with the $45,000 bull.

STRONG bidding from repeat clients resulted in a high of $45,000 at the annual Clunie Range bull sale at “Springfield” Wallangra on Friday, where bulls sold to stud and commercial operations in four states.

The sale was the stud’s best yet, with all 136 bulls offered by the Guest family selling for a record stud average of $12,324.

In the younger lots on offer, 16- to 20-month-old bulls averaged $8933 and yearlings averaged $10,666.

Victorian stud producers and first-time Clunie Range clients Sam and Sandra Trovatello, Adameluca Angus, Kyneton, Victoria, took home the $45,000 bull, Clunie Range Landmark L415. 

The 24-month-old bull by Matauri Reality 839 from Aberdeen Estate Laura J81 had estimated breeding values (EBVs) of +3.6 for birthweight, and +46, +85 and +105 for 200-, 400- and 600-day weight. 

He’ll be used with the stud’s 110 breeders.

“He’s a very balanced bull with great feet and legs, he’s long and he’s above average with most of his EBVs,” Mr Trovatello said.

“He’s the best Reality son I’ve seen and I also liked his mother.

“To weigh 950 kilograms at 24 months after being used over the stud heifers is very impressive.”

Clunie Range Lofty L32, a son of Clunie Range Gifted G97 and Clunie Range Lucy E363, sold for $24,000 to the Lane family, Birriwa Station, Birriwa.

The 26-month-old bull had EBVs of +46, +87 and +123 for 200-, 400- and 600-day weight.

The Attard family, “Shingle Hut”, Moura, Queensland, purchased Clunie Range Loverboy L371 for $22,000.

The 25-month-old son of Matauri Reality 839 and Clunie Range Mayflower J44 had EBVs of +2.8 for birthweight and +44, +87 and +108 for 200-, 400- and 600-day weight.

The Attards also took home one of four $20,000 bulls, 24-month-old Clunie Range Layout L428.

Brett Haager, Valorbrook Angus, “Valorbrook”, Bell, Qld, bought Clunie Range Long Run L445, a 24-month-old by Milwillah Gatsby G279 from Clunie Range Mayflower F516, also for $20,000.

Two $20,000 bulls went to Kevin Kenny, Tralee Station, Middlemount, with the Queensland commercial operation purchasing Clunie Range Laugh a Lot L601 and Clunie Range Lots O Loot L738.

Laugh a Lot was a 22-month-old son of Clunie Range Jack Of Diamonds and Clunie Range Christina H179 and 21-month-old Lots O Loot was by Clunie Range Jed J347 from Clunie Range Expensive F60.

The sale’s volume buyer was Troy Setter, who purchased 21 bulls topping at $19,000 and averaging $13,142.

Clint Nugent, “Balaclava”, Matherson; Phil A'Beckett, “Strathbogie”, Emmaville; and Michael and Bec Hayes, “Murilla”, Glenmorgan; each purchased five bulls, averaging $12,200, $10,200 and $8600 respectively.

Tralee; JH Fairfax and Son Pastoral, “Kioma”, Toobeah; Alan Uebergang, Blue Nobby Station, North Star; and Enniskillen Pastoral Company, “Mt Enniskillen”, Blackall, Qld, each purchased four bulls, averaging $17,750, $12,750, $11,000 and $9750.

The sale was settled by Elders Goondiwindi and JA McGregor Livestock, with Michael Smith taking the bids.


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