Charnelle Charolais’ Lots 31 and 32 in the ring … Lot 32 sold for $26,000, a record for the nine-year-old Charolais Classic (Photo: Tina Torrens)

August 16, 2021

The 9th annual Coolabunia Classic Charolais Bull Sale last Thursday drew a yarding of 47 quality Charolais bulls, and set a new sales record.

The top price paid on the day was for Lot 32, Charnelle Quartermaster – by a full French poll bull Johnny FR – which was sold for $26,000 to Bettafield Charolais Stud of Emerald.

This year, four studs supplied bulls to the sale – Diamond L Charolais and Charbrays (Nanango), River Run Charolais (Linville), Silverwood Charolais (Nanango) and Charnelle Charolais (Lockyer Valley) – and all enjoyed good results.

The top price bull from Silverwood Stud was Lot 7, which was sold to Brisbane Valley volume buyer Maylake Pty Ltd for $18,000.

Diamond L’s best prices came from Lots 18 and 52, which were both sold to Bill Campbell from Gin Gin for $12,000 each.

The top price bull from River Run was Lot 9, which went to the Armstrong Family from St George for $16,000.

And Charnelle Charolais made another major sale when four of their red factor bulls were purchased by Maylake Pty Ltd for an average $12,250 per beast.

The auction was conducted by Aussie Land and Livestock (AL&L).

“It was very pleasing to see new buyers and strong support from repeat buyers,” AL&L’s Midge Thompson said.

“Bulls were sold to as far north as Cloncurry, with others going to Central Queensland, the Southern Downs and south to Goondiwindi and St George.

“Vendors supplied industry relevant bulls, which was reflected in their prices and clearance rate.”

Overall, the sale enjoyed a 100 per cent clearance with an average sale price of $11,170.

The Coolabunia Saleyards drew bidders from all over Queensland for the Classic, which had a 100 per cent clearance rate and an average sale price of $11,170, up by more than 20 per cent on prices secured last year (Photo: Tina Torrens)

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Bidders prepare for the start of the BJF Limousin Invitational Bull and Female Sale in Yarraman last Friday (Photo: Tina Torrens)

The 2021 BJF Limousin Invitational Bull and Female Sale held at Yarraman last Friday also produced record prices and what’s believed to be a new Australian record average for Limousin bull sales.

Stud buyers were pushed to new highs for top quality bulls by strong bidding from commercial producers.

The top price paid for a bull was for Lot 1, which was sold by the McCarthy family to Elbow Gully’s MidWay Stud for $19,500.

The top price cow and calf was $13,000 and four embryo packages sold for $800 each to an online buyer.

Led steers also topped at $2500 several times.

The sale produced a 100 per cent clearance on the bulls (averaging $11,266) and females (averaging $6231).

The auction was jointly conducted by Aussie Land & Livestock from Kingaroy; Bartholomew & Co from Beaudesert; and online via AuctionsPlus.

Top price Limousin bull ‘Lochinvar Quill’ sold by S & K McCarthy for $19,500 to Midway Stud, Elbow Gully (Photo: Tina Torrens)

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