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29 September, 2021

One of a kind cattle sale breaks records

TELPARA HILLS has once again shaken the cattle industry for a second year in a row with its Brangus sale becoming the highest grossing sale of its kind in the history of Australian cattle sales, clearing over $2.1 million.

By Rhys Thomas

Lindsay Barlow and sons Braden (7) and Declan (9) alongside Stephen Pearce of Telpara Hills in Tolga after a successful purchase of a bull at the recent sale.

TELPARA HILLS has once again shaken the cattle industry for a second year in a row with its Brangus sale becoming the highest grossing sale of its kind in the history of Australian cattle sales, clearing over $2.1 million. 

The September 18 sale has secured Telpara Hills as the highest grossing single vendor sale of its kind in Australia on record, as well as being the largest single vendor sale north of Rockhampton. 

Telpara Hills has previously grossed more than national sales which have multiple vendors attending and putting their cattle up for sale.

Stephen Pearce from Telpara Hills was blown away by the magnitude of the sale, believing there couldn’t be another repeat of last year’s mammoth success. 

“It exceeded all my expectations,” he said.

“I thought that maybe we could crack the two million mark, but that was in the back of my head as a possibility, it was a dream more than an actuality.

“From our point of view the sale was absolutely perfect.” For this year’s sale there was a suspected 650 online bids for the sale, around 200 more from their 2020 sale which had around 400 bids. 

110 bulls and 35 heifers were up for sale on their Tolga property, at the end of the day not a single one was left, signalling another 100 percent clearance sale for the second year running. 

The bulls averaged around $14,500 each with some stretching above going for more than $20,000.

Despite the amount of money cleared for the sale there was still a wide variety of cattle up for sale for differing price ranges.

“Everyone was worried that the sale was going to be too expensive this year,” Stephen said. 

“The first 30 lots averaged something stupid and then it settled down and allowed others to come in and buy. 

“The females were especially incredible, there will be no other female sale like it in the country.” 

“Bigger and better” is the vision for Telpara Hills 2022 sale but Stephen is also hoping to invest and breed more of their ultra-black bulls.

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