Around 150 Braford supporters filled the grandstands at the Ascot Neimen on-property sale on 31 August 2012. Cattlemen had travelled from as far as Cloncurry in the north and Dubbo in the south.
Vendors, Graham, Jill and Dan Galloway were pleased with the scanning measurements of the draft of 50 bulls and the results of the auction. Past sale bulls must do the required job to bring the buyers back – and this proved true in 2012, because 15 of the 18 successful bidders were repeat buyers. A very rewarding result.
The 19 registered bulls averaged $5916 with an average EMA of 132, while the overall sale averaged $4093, with an EMA average of 125. This was slightly higher than previous years.
The top priced bull Lot 1 Neimen Reflect weighed in at 1056kgs and broke the studs’ record with the highest ever EMA of 147 and an IMF of 5.4. He was purchased for $10,000 by repeat buyers Brian and Trinket Anderson from “Glenovon” Theodore, who also purchased the second top priced bull for $8,500.
Another repeat buyer and supporter of the Galloway bulls was Larry and Beth Acton, who bought Ascot Becks for $8,000. This bull also had a high EMA reading of 145. Ray Kidd from “Old Cashmere” St George purchased the stylish high content show bull, Ascot Baxter, for $6,500.
Tigrigie Cattle Company, now under the ownership and management of Matt and Jackie Tennyson and Greg Wright, returned to purchase the three bulls they had picked out of the paddock. The top price of these bulls was $8,000 for an impressive 950kg horned herd bull sold at the end of the sale.
Ross Wilson from “Mount Helmet’ Springsure came looking for bulls with high measurements in their IMF to cross with some Wagyu breeders. He bought three bulls, the first of which made $6,500 and measured in with an IMF of 6 and an EMA of 137.
New buyers on the day were Bob and Fiona Scott from Cloncurry who put a mob of eight bulls together to go to their property “Buffalo Plains” where they have been breeding Brafords for many years.
Two families from Rolleston, Lance and Jenny Muller from “Orchid Vale” and Russell and Helen Whiteman from “Wybalena”, who are long-time supporters and seldom miss a sale, took home four and five bulls respectively.
Other local repeat buyers were Mick Moloney from “Rushmore” Theodore who purchased four bulls and Darren Wyatte from Biloela selected two bulls. The following breeders all took one bull home: Evelyn Graving, John and Deb Graving and Rowan Woodrow from Biloela, Jason and Moira Russell from Thangool, George and Helen Stephenson from Moura, Kyle Muirhead from Theodore and family support from Neville and Narelle Galloway from Monto, and Barry and Ainsley Galloway from Blackwater.
Once again a number of vendors stayed and enjoyed the social after the sale.