Big bulls don’t come cheap
TWO boys tied for the spot of highest selling bull at the Eidsvold Charolais Bull Sale, going at $10,000 a piece.
One of them was Ross and Paula Warren's two-year-old Elridge Red Foo.
The beast had the highest eye muscle of the day of 151sq cm, weighed 1024kg and had a percent intramuscular fat of 3%.
"Different bulls develop differently, and today he was what people were after," Mr Warren said.
"He has tremendous scans, I am really pleased with his fat cover and muscle. He is a very mobile bull."
Breeding bulls since 1990, the Gympie seller brought 17 bulls for the sale.
"We just take pride in our animals, we are passionate and just love breeding them and getting better," Mr Warren said.
"They run on good quality pastures their whole life and are ready to work,"
The other $10,000 bull came from Theodore breeders Alan and Natalie Goodland.
"He's weaned onto an oats crop, and we did the sale preparation for 100 days in the lead up," Mr Goodland said.
"He's been running in a paddock on grain."
The 22 month old Granville Junket weighed 948kg, had 9mm of P8 fat, 6mm of rib fat, eye muscle of 140sq cm, a percent intramuscular fat of 3.3%, and a scrotal of 42cm.
"We had 15 bulls for sale, so a bit of genetics is also involved to make him a standout," he said.
"There's a great group of young breeders here and it's good to get our line of bulls into this area."
The third sellers on the day were David and Helen Reid from Kingaroy.
"We got about what we expected today," Mr Reid said. "The kids do most of the work."
Mr Reid was referring to sons Ben, 14, and Zac, 11.
The boys feed the bulls twice a day to get them ready for the sale.
"I'd like to have my own farm," Zac said.
Of the 44 bulls on offer at the fourth annual event, 41 found new homes.