A 24-month-old sire prospect attracted the top price of $11,000 at the sixth annual on-farm Tennysonvale Simmental Fleckvieh female and bull sale on account of the Baldry family, Illabo.
Purchased by Doug and Jan Bradshaw, Blue Dog Simmentals, Wandoan, Queensland, through Elite Livestock Auctions, Tennysonvale Noah was viewed in the week prior to the sale by the Bradshaws who were impressed by the bull's length, sound conformation and temperament.
"He is a complete genetic outcross for our herd and is homozygous poll," Mrs Bradshaw said of the son of Mallee Hector.
Weighing 884 kilograms, with eye muscle area (EMA) of 126cm sq and rump and rib fat depths of four millimetres alike, he was admired by many at the sale.
In total, 15 of 29 bulls sold to average $5400 while 22 of 29 were cleared for a $3536 average. Following the sale, an additional three bulls and three heifers were also sold.
Other good bull sales included Tennysonvale Nitrate purchased for $8500 by G.C and V.J Muller, Mount Gambier East, South Australia, and Tennysonvale Nick bought by S.R and R.E White, Kingaroy, Qld, for $6000.
In the female offering, equal top price of $5000 was paid by Jack and Tara Dumma, Summa Simmentals, Middlemount, Qld, for Tennysonvale Nora sired by Tennysonvale Kip.
Mr Dumma thought the overall structure and style of the heifer would fit with their expanding stud.
"She has exceptional depth and length and a soft skin, which is important for meat palatability," he said.
Repeat buyer Vince Simonetta, VMC Corp Pty Ltd, Catherine Field, paid $5000 for Tennysonvale Natalia by Tennysonvale Leada to include in their growing Simmental herd on the southern highlands.
"We are breeding for the local trade and the Simmentals are quiet and easy to work with," he said.
One flush from Tennysonvale Nissan was bought by R.C and E.M Skene, Cecil Plains, Qld, for $2200.
Studmaster Ian Baldry thought the quality of the cattle continued throughout this year's line up despite the difficult conditions.
"The cattle were well balanced, softened a perfect addition to both commercial and stud herds and this was reflected in the buyer profiles," he said.
"It was great to have the strong support from our loyal, repeat buyers that continue to report high fertility and strong do-ability throughout the years.
"Additionally, we welcomed some new faces that stretched from central Queensland down to the South Australian coast."
The auction was settled by Elders Wagga Wagga, with Joe Wilks wielding the gavel as auctioneer.