WHEN the opening bid for Moombi Ooktali G34 of $15,000 rang out at the 54th Dectomax National Shorthorn Sale at Dubbo last week, punters ringside sat up and took notice.

The bid heralded a step up from the cautious but consistent pace of the sale to that point.

As vendor Lester Job, Moombi stud, Cumnock, calmly held the show’s grand champion bull – also best Shorthorn exhibit at Sydney Royal in March – it was knocked down in under 90 seconds for $30,000 to a syndicate of John and Liz Manchee, Yamburgan Shorthorns; Narrabri, Peter and Lou Capel, Bungulla Shorthorns, Manilla, and Australian Livestock Genetic Investments, Sydney.

Mike Wilson, Mike Wilson Studstock and Bloodstock, Armidale; Lou and Peter Capel, Bungulla Shorthorns, Manilla, and John Manchee, Yamburgan Shorthorns, Narrabri, with the $30,000 Moombi Ooktali G34 held by Selwyn Job, Cumnock, and his father Lester Job, Moombi Shorthorns, Cumnock.

From the first drop of calves by Yamburgan Ossie D220, a son of The Grove Oscar A748, Ooktali G34 was from a Narralda Ledger W55 daughter in SPJ Honor Z23, and carried some of the breed’s top sires and dams further back in its pedigree.

“It’s very rare to see a bull come along like this; when you do see them come along, you’ve got to take advantage of it,” John Manchee said.

“He fits every market, his performance and raw data are fantastic and he’s very hard to fault.

“And it’s good to see the strength in his pedigree.”

Ooktali G34 weighed 1010 kilograms, with an eye muscle area (EMA) of 140 square centimetres and rump and rib fat of 18 and 12 millimetres.

It was in the top 15 per cent of the breed for its domestic maternal and export maternal indexes, and the top 10pc for the northern maternal index.

“It’s great to have the opportunity to buy a bull of this calibre,” said Bungulla’s Peter Capel.

Moombi Ooktali G34’s $30,000 price tag signalled the highest price at  the National since 2006 when the $75,000 Australian record price was achieved.

It was also the first time in 18 years the grand champion bull had sold for the fixture’s top price; the last time this happened was in 1995 when, in a strong sense of déjà vu, Lester and Sonya Job sold their grand champion Moombi Starlight N29 for $35,000.

The Jobs sold eight of their 10 bulls at this year’s event, averaging $8813.

This year’s National Shorthorn Sale continued its trend of offering quality bulls at commercially acceptable prices from four States, with a total of 92 bulls sold from 136 offered in a 68pc clearance, averaging $5326 – up $58 on last year’s $5268 average.

In the breakdown, 69pc of the bulls were sold for $5000 and under, with just six sires making double figures.

The first of the $18,000 equal secondtop price bulls was Eloora Bluechip G02 (ET)(AI), offered by the Brook family, Bulart, Victoria, bought by G. Morgan and Sons, The Grove Shorthorns, Condamine, Queensland.

By the well-recorded sire Weebollabolla Theodore T85 and from Eloora Dazzling Designer, Bluechip was the supreme Shorthorn exhibit and reserve senior champion interbreed bull at National Beef in Bendigo,Vic, last month.

Bluechip hit the scales at 1120kg, with a 138cm2 EMA and rump and rib fats of 27mm and 15mm.

It was in the top 1pc for the domestic maternal and northern maternal indexes and the top 5pc for the export maternal index.

Its individual Breedplan traits put it in the top 5pc for gestation length, EMA and rib fat, the top 10pc for rump fat and the top 15pc for carcase weight.

The second bull at $18,000 was Bayview Majestic G71 (AI), from the Thompson family’s Bayview stud, Yorketown, South Australia.

Majestic was reserve Division 2 champion to the grand champion and was secured by young stud breeder Ashley Rowe, Kentash Park Shorthorns, Arthurton, SA.

By Sprys All Gold D052 and from Bayview Miss Beauty Y24, it weighed 955kg with a 132cm2 EMA and 12mm and 9mm of rump and rib fat.

Majestic was in the top 1pc for 400- and 600-day weight, the top 5pc for mature cow weight and the top 10pc for carcase weight.

The Bayview stud had a successful day, selling all six of its bulls at a $7833 average.

Ross and Janelle Johnstone, Ronelle Park Shorthorns, Lyndhurst, sold Ronelle Park G. String (AI) for $11,500 to Knox and Peter Durrant, Nullamanna Shorthorns, Moama; Jason and Kylie Catts, Futurity Shorthorns, Baradine, sold Futurity Guns for Hire G27 (ET)(AI) at $11,000 to M.C. and J.M. Bowman, “Gundy”, Tooraweenah, and Andy and Sally Withers, Belmore Shorthorns, Naracoorte, SA, sold Belmore Quotation G114 (SFA) for $10,000 to the Williams family’s Terra stud, Dubbo, and Wallumburrawang Pastoral Company, Gilgandra.

Volume buyers were John and Anne Gould, “Cortina”, Lucindale, SA, who took seven sires to an $8000 top, averaging $5857.

B.D. and L.F. Rumbel, “Millbrook”, Guyra, took four bulls to $7500, averaging $4875, while R.W. and S.J. Hall, “Coolabah”, Swan Hill, Vic, took three averaging $5000 and Matthew Passmore, Forbes, took three at a $3833 average.

Selling agents were Elders and Landmark, with Andy McGeoch, Brian Kennedy, Paul Dooley and Joel Fleming sharing the rostrum.

Source: Carla Wiese-Smith, The Land