THE inaugural Walmona Santa Gertrudis Invitation Sale held at Truro on Monday made to a $29,000 top and $6000 average.
Bidders came from two states: NSW and SA.
Despite the bi-state bidding, clearance was disappointing with 16 bulls sold out of 43 offered.
The sale featured four vendors: the Doering family’s Walmona stud, the Lintern family’s Seymour Vale stud, Tungkillo, the Fogden family’s Nangaringa stud, Loxton, and Phillip Hague’s Rockingham stud, Lake Cargelligo, NSW.
The top price of $29,000 was for Walmona Walker, an 18-month-old bull.
Walmona Walker was sired by Yarrawonga Coach H804 and its dam was Walmona Trixie.
The 830 kilogram bull had an eye muscle area of 113 square centimetres, with p8 fat of 29 millimetres and rib fat of 15mm.
The top price bull was knocked down to Andrew Doering, of the Spring Creek stud, Moree, NSW.
Mr Doering said the bull had everything he was looking for in a sire.
“He’s just a fantastic bull, with wonderful muscling, a lovely temperament and good, sound structure,” he said.
“He’s well put-together and just a well balanced bull.
“He was just the kind of bull I was looking for and he’ll now go into stud duties in our herd.”
The second top price bull went for $7000 and was Walmona Wagner. The 16-month-old bull weighed 708kg, with 115sqcm EMA, 9mm p8 fat and 7mm rib fat.
Walmona Wagner went to CR Blackmore, Mount Little Station, Hawker.
The same vendor also bought a further two bulls – Nangaringa Kevin at $5500 and Seymour Vale Mikel 592 at $3000.
NSW buyer John Dunk, bidding through Elders Lake Cargelligo, bought Rockingham K258 for $4000.
Callanna Station, Maree, bought two bulls at $3000 – Walmona Wakefield and Walmona Wilson.
Lewis Bennett, Karoongi Pastoral, Minlaton, bought two herd bulls at $3000 each – Walmona Vanya and Walmona Wilbur.
Other buyers came from Eudunda, and Tamworth, Broken Hill and Dubbo in NSW.
Walmona principal Michael Doering said while he was pleased with the top price paid and the average, the clearance was disappointing.
“I was very impressed with the stud enquiry, and as being recognised as the place to go to pick up quality bulls,” he said.
“It was a good average, it’s just disappointing a few more bulls weren’t sold.”
Mr Doering said the abscence of buyers from the NT did affect the clearance rate.