Big beef bustles at bull sale
YOU may not think of coming away with a new horse at a bull sale, but for Jackie Spoor it made perfect sense.
Mrs Spoor put her mare Intrinsicash up for sale at the Monto Cattle and Country Annual All Breeds Bull Sale.
"Everyone here is cattle people, they need horses so hopefully she'll find a home,” Mrs Spoor said.
Intriniscash was sold to Len Gibbs from Biggenden for $5000.
As for the main product, droughtmasters were the flavour of the day.
The sale was bustling and saw 73 of 84 bulls, 87% selling to average $4253.
This was down from the previous year's sale, which averaged $5071.
Monto Cattle and Co agent Brad McInally said the slight shift was understandable given the change in circumstances.
"I thought it was back a touch but just the drier conditions made it a bit tougher,” Mr McInally said.
In addition, last year's sale came at a point at which beef prices were booming, and everyone was buying.
Droughtmasters sold well to average $5826 for a total clearance, while 11 of the 13 black brangus bulls sold to average $3954, two of the six hereford bulls sold for $3000 each and three of the six charolais bulls to average $3916 and nine of the 10 charbray bulls sold to average $4110.
Others to manage total clearance were grey brahman bulls, which averaged $3625 for six bulls and nine out of nine red brahman bulls sold to average $4610 topping at $6250.
Mr McInally said the top breed changes every year.
"It all gets down to the quality of the bulls, if they're good bulls they'll sell,” Mr McInally said.