VALUE for money was readily available at this year’s Dectomax National Shorthorn Show and Sale, where the quality offering of bulls sold for commercially viable prices. Bulls were catalogued from five States and sold from South Australia to Queensland.

A total of 97 bulls, from 126 offered, sold at auction for a 77 per cent clearance, to a top price of $13,500 and an average of $5268.

he $13,500 top-priced bull, Moombi Dynamic F55(P), was sold by Calrossy Anglican School’s Kamilaroi stud, Tamworth, to a partnership of the Williams family’s Polldale stud, Dubbo, and Terry Ashcroft’s Nullo Park stud, Rylstone. Pictured is Calrossy’s head agriculture teacher Brony Nielsen, Tamworth; Ned Williams, Polldale stud, Dubbo; Year 12 student Katie Johnston holding the bull, and teacher Kathy Dejong.


There were smiles all round from staff and students of Tamworth’s Calrossy Anglican School, which sold the top-priced bull from its Kamilaroi Shorthorn stud.
Moombi Dynamic F55 sold for $13,500 to a partnership of Kim and Elizabeth Williams and their son Ned, Polldale Shorthorns, Dubbo, and Terry Ashcroft, Nullo Park Shorthorns, Rylstone.

Bred by Lester and Sonya Job, Moombi Shorthorns, Cumnock, the bull was by the reserve grand champion Shorthorn bull at the 2009 Sydney Royal Show, Moombi Discovery D56, and from a Nagol Park E.M. Zone Z003 daughter, Moombi Daffodil C77.

Calrossy’s head agriculture teacher Bronwyn Nielsen said the school had an arrangement with the Jobs where the school selected some of Moombi’s young bulls each year and then prepared and showed them, splitting the proceeds after they were sold.

Dynamic was an August 2010-drop bull, and weighed 856 kilograms with fat scans of 12 millimetres on the rump and 9mm on the rib and an eye muscle area (EMA) of 123 square centimetres.

Earlier in the event Dynamic had been awarded first place in class four – the youngest of the Division 2 classes.

Polldale and Nullo Park also teamed up to purchase Bayview Olympic F26, the top selling SA-bred bull, for $10,000.

Offered by the Thompson family, Bayview Shorthorns, Yorketown, SA, Olympic had been awarded the Division 4 championship in judging. By Sprys Watta Legend X008, which sired the 2004 Dubbo top-priced bull, Olympic weighed 1018kg with fat scans of 9mm and 7mm on the rump and rib and an EMA of 140cm2.

John and Anne Gould, P.R. Gould and Company, “Cortina”, Lucindale, SA, took home the sale’s second-top price bull,Wynyard Freestyle F150, for $13,000 from Peter Mills’ Wynyard stud, Finley.

Freestyle, by Clargo Stockbroker Y31, was a November 2010-drop bull and had placed first in class one the previous day. The bull showed exceptional weight-for-age as the third youngest bull offered, weighing 896kg with fat scans of 12mm on the rump and 10mm on the rib and an EMA of 127cm2.

The Goulds were also one of the sale’s volume buyers, taking home seven bulls for their 1200 breeder commercial operation to average $7000.

Polldale achieved $12,000 for a son of Moombi Zoro C71, Polldale Falcon F82. Falcon sold to Robert Pack, Command Shorthorns, Roma, Queensland, and weighed 856kg, scanned 9mm and 6mm of fat on the rump and rib and an EMA of 124cm2.

Calrossy also achieved $10,000 for another Moombi-bred bull in Moombi Canoe F19, which sold to Terry Rumbel, “Nungardi”, Guyra. Canoe, by SPJ Canoe C26, weighed in at 990kg, with fat scans on the rump and rib of 13mm and 10mm and an EMA of 135cm2.

The Brook family, Eloora Shorthorns, Cavendish, Victoria, sold their Division 3 champion, Eloora Arizona F90, to Ireland Grazing Company, “Muleringie”,Walcha, for $9000. Arizona was by the $25,000 Sprys All Gold D052 and weighed 1006kg, with fat scans of 11mm on the rump, 8mm on the rib, and an EMA of 138cm2.

Ireland Grazing Company was also a volume buyer, taking home three bulls to average $6000.

Keith and Vicki Ridley, Nero Shorthorns, Condobolin, sold Nero Lock Fountain F113 to Neville and Anne Nicolle and their daughter Karen Tonkin, Riverside Holdings, Parrakie, SA, for $9000. Fountain – grand champion Shorthorn bull at Beef Australia last month – had been awarded first in class 11 and was by Yamburgan Lockyer 13th. It was the second-heaviest bull at the event at 1136kg with fat scans of 18mm on the rump, 10mm on the rib and an EMA of 145cm2.

The Ridleys also sold Nero Diesel Flame F220 for $8500 to Malcolm Smith, Forbes, and the grand champion bull of the show, Nero Cyto Finite F182 – by Eselar Park Cytotoxic C055 – to return buyers R.L. and A.H. Rollinson, “Goolgumbla”, Jerilderie, for $8000.

After the long trip over from Western Australia, Phillip Burnett, Crathes Shorthorns, Vasse, sold the Division 4 reserve champion Crathes Flying Spur F43 to Lincoln and Lisa Job, Marellan Shorthorns, Cumnock.

The Warwick Knight Family Trust, “Hollymount”, Coonabarabran, supported the sale strongly, purchasing two bulls to average $6250, while Merriwee Pastoral Company, “Merriwee”, Forbes, took home three bulls to average

Selling agents were Elders, Landmark and Ray White Fountain and Company, with Andy McGeoch, Paul Dooley, Mark Barton, John Settree and Tony Fountain sharing the auctioneering duties for their respective agencies.

Source: The Land