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Over 80 viewers online and 43 registered bidders made the clearance of 34 bulls and 24 heifers and c

Above: Brian Kennedy, Elders, Paul Dooley, auctioneer and Paul Banks Davidson Cameron with the Cook family from Barana Simmental's and the $16,000 bull.

Above: Volume buyers, the Sinclair family, vendors, the Cook family and auctioneer, Paul Dooley with some of the draft of seven that the Sinclair family will take back to Victoria.

WELCOMING the rain but relieved it held off for the 20th annual bull sale for the Cook families Barana Simmental stud in Coolah saw the largest gallery the stud has seen. This coupled with over 80 sale viewers opting for the online platform of AuctionsPlus saw in the words of many there, the best sale the stud has seen.

Offering of 31 Simmental bulls, three Angus bulls, nine pregnancy tested in calf (PTIC) heifers, 15 PTIC purebred commercial cows and two shorthorn bulls, a clearance of 100 percent of the Simmental and Angus bulls, heifers and cows was achieved. Two shorthorn bulls remain but it was thought that these will clear shortly.

The Simmental bulls averaged $7322 while the Angus averaged $4666 with a top of $6000. Nine PTIC Simmental heifers averaged $7111 and the purebred commercial cows averaged $3133 per head.

The top price of $16,000 went for the two-year-old Simmental Barana Pierson, a third top sale weight of 868 kilograms who holds an eye muscle area (EMA) of 136 centimetres square, a rib fat of six millimetres and P8 fat of seven millimetres.

He was purchased by the Finger family, Lake Lofty, Dysart, Queensland online. They run a commercial enterprise and a small Simmental stud.

First time stud buyers and volume purchasers, Murray and Melinda Sinclair and their four children Gabby, Mitchell, Macka and Tristan from Thoona, Victoria have been on a family holiday in NSW and as the sale was in close proximity to their trip they took the opportunity to attend.

They had selected 12 bulls and were able to secure seven of the ones that they liked.

"We needed bulls and we particularly wanted red Simmental." Mr Sinclair said.

A commercial based enterprise running 500 breeders operating on a two calving system they hope that trying the Simmental bulls will turn out well.

Stud principal, Peter Cook thought it was a very positive sale, "We are very humbled by the support we have been shown." he said.

"We thought the line of bulls were very even, soft, well fleshed, structurally sound, easy doing and are over the moon with the amount of buyers

"I have always admired the top priced bull since he was a calf. He is everything I have tried to achieve in the last 40 years.

"We have a number of new buyers and return buyers. There was a few blokes who have missed out on bulls today.

"The stud females sold exceptionally well. We have never offered PTIC females, they are normally sold un-joined at our sale.

"It was great to see other studs buying them."

The sale was conducted by Elders and Davidson Cameron and Co with Paul Dooley as auctioneer.

Please see next weeks The Land (16 July) for the full report.

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Article by: Lisa Duce

Article from: The Land

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