Success for first timers at Ascot bull sale
WARWICK cattleman Jim Wedge opened the first Ascot bull sale by candidly admitting he'd taken his time getting into the beef industry.
But he said ever since his arrival as a four-year-old on Australian shores with his English migrant parents, he had dreamt of being involved in agriculture.
The North Toolburra based breeder and his partner Jackie Chard proved they were living the dream on Friday with a successful inaugural sale.
A 15-month-old Charolais bull, Ascot Doc Silver, topped the auction selling for $20,000 to Rosedale Charolais.
The second top price Charolais, Ascot Grand Design, was purchased for $13,000 by David and Prue Bondfield from Palgrove, Dalveen.
While in the Angus line-up, lot four, Kansas Africa, sold for $17,000 to the Blackley family from Bathurst.
Neil and Margie Harvey paid the second highest price for Angus spending $14,000 to take home Ascot Great Scott. Clunie Range Angus spent $12,000 on Kansas Docklands.
A total of 56 of the 60 lots on offer were sold through the ring for an average of $6205, while sales for the remaining four bulls were finalised after the auction.
The sale total for the combined Angus and Charolais line up was $347,500.
Mr Wedge said he was thrilled by the result both price-wise and from an industry support perspective.
"We had 100 registered buyers, which just blew us away," he said.
"Two of our Angus bulls went to major studs and so did seven our of Charolais sires.
"So it made us feel we are on the right track."
Bulls were sold into stud and commercial operations into northern, western and central Queensland and throughout New South Wales.
Mr Wedge said the success of the inaugural sale meant it would become a fixture on the bull sale calendar.
"However we may bring the sale forward slightly, as feedback suggests this could work better for some of our clients."
- Top-priced Charolais sold for $20,000
- Top-priced Angus made $17,000
- Sale average $6205