A quality sire from Raytek Santa Gertrudis Stud topped this year’s Heartland Santa Gertrudis Bull Sale last Wednesday.
The well-muscled, slick coated red bull attracted very enthusiastic run of bids, which overjoyed the bull’s breeders David and Bernadette Wehl from Raytek Grazing Co, Bric-a-Brac, Jandowae.
After a rush of spirited bidding the buying gallery fell silent and then one last hopeful bid from Nev and Sheryl Griffin secured them their newest sire for their Felton Park Santa Stud at Tara.
The bull was Raytek Fortune who weighted in at 1130kg at 33-months-old and exhibited a lot of Santa breed character with a strong poll genetic background.
The bull sold for $11,500 and was sired by Raytex Dominator (P) (sired by the acclaimed bull Rosevale Noddy) who sold for $13,500 to Talgai Santa Gertrudis Stud at Heartland’s 2009 sale.
Raytek Fortune (P) had an Eye Muscle Area (EMA) for 130cm sq and returned a scan of 19mm of fat on the rump and 13mm on the rib area.
The bull is expected to go straight into stud work at the Wehl family’s Felton Park Santa Stud.
The second top price bull of the sale was a commercial Santa Gertrudis from Talgai Santas, Goomburra, and sold for $8500 to the Flower family at Garrabarra, Surat.
The bull was also sired by Raytek Dominator and weighted 867kg at 24-months-old with an EMA of 125cm sq and 13mm of fat on the rump and 10mm on the rib.
A third top price of $7500 was achieved twice during the sale with Talgai Gambler who sold to Stephen Sheppard, Sheppard Pastoral, Amby Downs, Amby.
The very well-muscled Gambler bull had won Junior Champion Bull at Allora Show and Reserve Senior Champion Tropical Bull at Chinchilla Show this year.
Gambler returned an EMA of 136cm sq at 24-months-old and scanned 15mm of fat on the rump and 10mm on the rib.
The second bull sold for $7500 was offered by Glen and Sharon Yeates, Tyndale Stud, Nanango, Tyndale Gold Rush and was purchased by Peter Pullos, Killarney Park Grazing, Tambo.
The bull exhibited great length of body and an excellent coat with an EMA of 122cm sq at 20-months-old and weighted 805kg and scanned of 7mm of fat on the rump and 6mm on the rib.
A further five bulls sold for $6500 and four more sold to $6000.
Overall, the sale grossed $393,500 for a total of 108 bulls offered and 95 bulls sold.
An average price of $4142 was achieved. The Classified S Bulls had 57 bulls offered for 52 sold and one passed-in at $9500.
An average price of $4385 was recorded.
The commercial bulls grossed $165,500 for 51 commercial bulls offered and 43 sold. An average price of $3849 was achieved during the sale.
A total of five females were also offered and five sold for an average of $2750.
A total clearance rate of 89 percent was posted for all classified S bulls and commercial bulls sold during the sale.
Agents: PJH Livestock and Property, Elders, Top X.