A complete clearance of 147 bulls was achieved at the Corrigan family’s Rennylea Angus on-property bull sale at Culcairn last week for an average price of $8612.
In all, 84 registered bidders had the agents on their toes taking bids thick and fast as buyers’ jumped in early to chase the genetics of their choice.
Opening the sale, Rennylea Angus stud principal Brian Corrigan, said they had been focusing on food carcase traits since 1998 and their program had remained relatively simple for calving ease in both good times and bad.
The top price bull, Rennylea N103, reached $16,000 and was purchased by Balmoral Park Angus, Yea.
He was a 16-month-old son of SMPK7 Pathfiner General K7, who sat in the top one per cent for gestational length, scrotal size, days to calving and eye muscle area and top 5pc for 200-day weight at +54 and an IMF of +3.4.
Rennylea N103 had a +13.2 EMA, combined with positive carcase data and a strong +164 Angus breed index value.
Also active on the top end was Sabre Pastoral Company, Alexandra, who paid $15,500 for Rennylea M1073, a VAR generation 2100 son with strong growth and carcase data.
Newnam Bio-Tech, Bowna, also paid $15,000 for a Rennylea K907 son, going back to EF Complement.
Leading the volume buyers was Don McRae, McRae Pastoral, Goondiwindi, Queensland, with Jock Blakeney and Gine Lincoln doing the bidding.
McRae Pastoral put together a draft of 16 bulls paying to top of $14,000 on two occasions and averaging $10,250.
McRae Pastoral farm manager, Jock Blakney, said they were looking for overall carcase traits in all bulls and balanced fertility.
“Rennylea hold a great reputation of carcase bulls and throughout the whole catalogue there was a lot to choose from,” he said.
Volume buying continued with Bob Miller, Coolac Cattle Co, Coolac, purchasing a line of nine bulls to top at $11,000 on three occasions and average $7055.
Mr Miller said they had been returning to Rennylea Angus for 15 years.
This year they were chasing intramuscular fat and growth to lift their overall herd.
Eddington Past Co, Bookar, NSW, averaged $10,142 for seven bulls, while Coots Creek Angus, Hall, Australian Capital Territory, secured five bulls averaging $7,800.
A number of bulls were heading off to stud duties, with first time buyer, Jason Siddell, Fig Tree Park Angus, Wandsworth, securing two bulls to a top of $10,000 and second $9,500. Mr Siddell said they were impressed with Rennylea M450 and his great temperament, carcase figures, low birth weight and calving ease.
“We looked at over 800 bulls and these two really stood out for muscularity traits, with impeccable temperament and feet,” Mr Siddell said.