Buyers Delighted with Wilangi Value Buying at the 2022 Sale

21/04/23

A late season weakening of commercial buyer support for Brahman bulls caused prices to retreat at the Wilangi Invitation Brahman Sale at Charters Towers in late November.  Although the sizable, good quality, all grey offering of working age bulls recorded a 97% clearance, an absence of a few regular, stronger, commercial bull buyers from bidding competition allowed those who did operate at the Sale to secure their bulls at excellent value prices, on average, some thousands of dollars down on the 2021 Sale.  “The growing market share loss of Brahmans to other breeds is a big concern for Brahman Studmasters and, if not arrested, will lead to severe implications for established and burgeoning Brahman seedstock producers,” Rob White of Wilangi Stud said, “our Sale has always been the last of the Spring in the North however this year it felt like the breed had just run out of buyers, with evidence of cattle producers for the first time allocating budgets to purchasing bulls of other breeds.”  One thing Rob White and his fellow Sale Vendors from Cambil, Lanes Creek, Viva, Wallace and Raglan Studs is certain of, is that those who did make purchases recognised their day’s work at the Wilangi Sale as very rewarding.  “A number of buyers actually took the opportunity to purchase added numbers, as the quality and buying value was so attractive, and we thank them sincerely for that,” Rob White said.  8 Volume Buyers accounted for 98 bulls which kept the bidding flowing in the $4,000 to $6,000 range.

$47,500 Tops Sale Bidding

Stewart & Kerry Wallace’s big, strong, muscular, optimum beef performance bull, Wallace Mr Unlimited topped Sale prices at $47,500.  At 27 months he recorded a 147 sqcm EMA and scaled 830kg and the Wallaces said he had been a good doing bull since a calf.  Unlimited was purchased via Online bidding by well known Clermont, quality commercial cattle producers, the Fernie Family of Riverview Cattle Company.

A young, 800kg, milk tooth son of NCC Eli, Cambil Karratha, attracted attention later in the Sale realising $40,000.  A classy, well muscled, stylish breed quality bull that reflects a lot of his outstanding Cambil Jewel damline features; he will go home to Bret & Virginia Elliot, Belfast, Winton who are long time, repeat buyers of Cambil sires.  The Elliott’s added to their Sale selections when they landed Cambil Kempsey, another powerful, strong muscled, eye catching breed quality bull at $26,000.  At 148 sqcm, Kempsey recorded the second biggest EMA of all the 2 tooth bulls in the Sale, and Studmaster Lawson Camm was confident that the Elliott’s Western Queensland breeding enterprise would do well with the young sire.

Lawson Camm also sold the $32,500 third highest price bull, Cambil Isaac (PS).  He’s a mature age bull, 932kg and 150 sqcm EMA, out of the same successful Jewel damline as the $40,000 Karratha bull.  His extra length, depth, full hindquarter and strong breed character influenced Troy Smith, Greengrass Developments, Talavera, Charters Towers to place the successful bid to secure him.  Another poll scurr bull, Lanes Creek 2664 made $28,000 selling to Allan Williams, Riverside, Pastoral Company, Nebo.  2664 is a son of Kenilworth 4899 (PS) that Brian & Cindy Hughes purchased at one of the Big Country Sale at Charters Towers which has provided them with progeny sales of over $500,000 to date.  Allan & Jeanette Williams of Riverside also took a liking to the 2yo Wallace Brahmans herd bull 212/21, also a poll scurr, and outlaid $23,000 to purchase him.

Patrick Sheahan, Valley of Lagoons, Ingham purchased 3 quality bulls at the Sale, including at $26,000, Cambil Carbine (PS), a long, well grown, strong topline bull of appealing breed character.  He’s a Kenrol Darrocca (PP) son of 930kg.

Three bulls made $20,000 each.  John & Cheryl Randell, Crinum, Kuttabul purchased well at this price, securing Wallace Mr Underwood, a 27 month old, 900kg, 145 sqcm EMA bull of excellent beef and breed qualities.  “Many of these high performance, sound structured, well bred, attractive breed style bulls like Underwood, represented outstanding buying value,” Queensland Rural Manager Troy Trevor said.  “Earlier in the Spring they would have been making a lot more money.”  Stewart & Kerry Wallace also realised $20,000 for the heaviest milk tooth bull in the Sale, Wallace 227/21, a herd bull that scaled 868kg.  This 2yo beef powerhouse was selected by Kim Barnicoat, Speculation Station, Homestead.

Alister Besch, Alma Vale, Dululu visited the Sale and outlaid $20,000 for Viva Merrick, a classy, heavyweight, 2yo white grey bull sired by AJ & Pam Davison’s multi-Show Champion, Viva Mario.

Commercial Bulls Go Into Top Herds.

The Sale Vendors were pleased that volume bull buyers from the Northern Territory, Gulf regions and local Charters Towers areas recognised the buying opportunity presented by the large offering of all Grey, semen morphology tested, sound, strong beef performance bulls.  “We are appreciative that cattle producers such as the Dyers, APN Pty Ltd in the Territory (11 Bulls), the Turleys of Wandovale (13 Bulls), Nicolaides Pastoral of Woodstock (9 Bulls), the Camm Ag Group of Charters Towers (20 Bulls) and others who purchased volume numbers, identified our Sale to source good quality, even lines of bulls,” Rob White said, “they are all repeat buyers so their support is a meaningful indicator that this Sale’s bulls are delivering good results over a wide area of Northern Australia.”

Buyers were in attendance from Nebo, Clermont, Ingham, Georgetown, Rockhampton, Bowen, Mareeba, Weipa, Aramac, Home Hill, Julia Creek, Winton, Lakeland, Mt Larcom, Greenvale, Hughenden, local areas and the Northern Territory.

Sale Agents:  Queensland Rural.

No.DescriptionGrossAverageTop
73Premier Select Sires$756,000$10,356$47,500
81Registered Brahman Bulls470,0005,80218,000
55Herd Bulls$300,0005,45423,000
209TOTAL$1,526,000$7,30197% Clearance

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