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30 October, 2021

Northern studs shine at Rockhampton sale

TABLELAND stud Brangus bull producers, Barronessa Farming and Millstream Springs stood out at the 45th Rockhampton Brangus sale recently, both recording averages well above the general sale result.

By Sally Turley

Mandy, Jordan and Brett Scott of Millstream Springs Stud, Millaa Millaa achieved a top of $32,000 for Millstream Springs Bon Jovi (P) (ET) at the recent Rockhampton Brangus sale, confi rming they were on track with their genetic breeding program. PHOTO: Sheree Kershaw from the Qld Country Life.

The sale grossed a record total of $2.923 million for the 189 registered bulls, 28 herd bulls, 2 used bulls, 38 registered females and 2 semen packages on offer. 

A total of 46 vendors, most of whom operated from Emerald south to northern New South Wales, established a new average sale price of $14,637 for bulls, smashing last year's outcome by over $2,000/head. 

Upper Barron Brangus breeders, Joe and Sharon Strazzeri and sons doubled their top price from last year's sale for a son of home bred bull, Barronessa Aspen. 

Rising 2 year old, Barronessa Predator, sold for a very pleasing $40,000 to the well regarded partnership, Three Hearts Brangus and Cootharaba Beef Genes. 

Their team of six bulls, which included the first of their Ultrablacks to be sold through Rockhampton, averaged $23,833. 

The product of breeding a registered Brangus to a registered Angus, Ultrablacks are considered more environmentally adaptable and more fertile than the Brangus, making them better suited to larger scale commercial cattle producers. 

Ultrablack sire, Barronessa Holloway (P) (AI) (ET), son of the US $400,000 SAV International, and winner of the ACM 2021 Sire Shootout, netted a sale price of $23,000, justifying the family's decision to move into the new breed. 

Baronessa Wonderboy (P) (AI) (ET), sold for $20,000 to Georgetown cattle producers Darren and Melissa Pedracini and stud spokesperson Jeff Strazzeri said their draft of six bulls sold all over Queensland from Innisfail to Collinsville, Toogoolawah and Gympie. 

"We simply didn't have enough bulls to meet the demand this year, but we will just keep trying to build on what we have been doing. While it is great to get good sale results in the bigger centres, we will always be here for the producers of the north," Mr Strazzeri said. 

"We will continue going down to the Rockhampton sale, but our focus is our commercial buyers who we recognise have an operational purchase range they need to work in and we don't intend pricing ourselves out of that market," he said. 

New kids on the block, Mandie and Brett Scott of Millstream Springs Cattle Co, Millaa Millaa also had a very successful sale, almost quadrupling their first sale result last year, selling their two sires to significantly higher levels than they had expected.

Millstream Springs Bon Jovi (P) (ET), son of Telpara Hills Real McCoy 920J19, whom Mandie had anticipated might fetch in the vicinity of $20,000, sold to Shamrock Brangus Stud for $32,500. 

The eye-catching 26 month old was described as a gentleman in the paddock with a tidy sheath and good rear leg angulation for ease of servicing. 

Their second offering, Millstream Def-Leppard, sold to Sue Pickersgill of "Geneva," Theodore, for $16,000 to give them a sale average of $24,000 or almost $10,000 above the recorded sale average. 

"Once we got the scan results back, we knew the bulls were up there and that meant we were in the game. It was such a sense of achievement and relief to see their great growth rates since March," Mrs Scott said. 

"This year's sale results just confirm we are on the right track. We learned a lot from last year's sale, made a lot of contacts and did a lot of research to refi ne our preparation for this sale.

"We feel we now have a better idea of what people are looking for and are getting really good feedback from our purchasers. We are excited about the excellent draft of young bulls we have for next year," she said.

In other sale highlights, Taroom producers, Bruce and Leanne Woodard's 36 month old sire, Bonox 1251, topped the sale with an impressive $80,000 sale tag. 

The 932kg grandson of Glenwood 192 went home to Bauhinia Park stud, Emerald with purchasers, Ryan and Rachel Holzwart. 

The Dingle family of Redline Stud, Eidsvold's draft of 10 bulls sold to a top of $50,000 for Redline Ravenshoe 20/251, setting a new auction record for a red genotype Brangus bull. 

The two year old bull with a massive 142sq cm eye muscle area was purchased by Stuart Propsting of Richmond.

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