The combined Allendale and Days Whiteface Poll Hereford bull sale saw a record top price of $24000 when it was held last month.
In a 97 per cent clearance at the Bordertown (South Australia) sale, Lot 51, Allendale Zanzibar L131 (AI) (P), was the top-priced bull, purchased by Nick Laucke from Laucke-Merrina at Bordertown.
The $24000 price tag was a new record price for this sale, being $2000 better than the $22000 paid in 2009 by Glenrobin Grazing of Mansfield.
The 20-month-old 834kg sale topper, sired by Allendale Anzac H187 that sold in Dubbo in 2014 for $30000, was the bull Mr Laucke came to buy, having checked on his progress a couple of times leading up to the sale.
‘‘He’s such a beautifully balanced bull, good headed, great length and with good figures, especially for carcase traits,’’ Mr Laucke said.
The 57 registered bidders pushed the prices up as the 74 bulls on offer sold for an average price of $9514.
The first 10 bulls averaged $11375 but the sale remained very strong throughout as after 50 bulls were sold the average was $10420.
While Alastair and Jayne Day’s Allendale stud took the top price honours, it was Lachy and Lou Day’s Days Whiteface stud that achieved the highest average.
Both vendors sold 36 of their 37 bulls through the ring, with the Days Whiteface bulls averaging $9819 and the Allendale bulls averaging $9208.
The overall sale average of $9514 was up $1296 on last year’s result and $4297 on two years ago.
Days Whiteface sold 21 of its 36 bulls in the range from $10000 to $16000, with the top price being achieved well into the sale.
Phoebe Farrell of Ashmore Farm at Warrnambool, buying through her Landmark agent Nick Madison, paid $16000 for Days Emerald L163 (P), sired by Days Wizard J207.
The vendors were extremely pleased with the result.
‘‘It was an outstanding result, principally built on the great support from repeat clients,’’ Lachy Day said.
‘‘Repeat clients set the scene which was great but it was also good to see some new competition as well,’’ Alastair Day said.