2018 ALC Bull Sale

Results for 2018 ALC Bull Sale at Gundaroo

Top Price $15,000          Sale Average $4,960          Clearance 100%

The 2018 ALC Bull Sale was very successful, with a 100% clearance for the fourth year in a row and a record average of $4,960.  116 bulls sold on the day ranging in price from $3,400 to $15,000.

We are very happy with the sale result and find it gratifying to see commercial cattleman putting value on the performance and fertility data we supply on our sale bulls.  We put a huge emphasis into collecting data and analysing our herd to get meaningful data to aid us in selecting the best genetics to drive profits in our herd.

It was evident that many of our clients this year were chasing the polled gene with the top six bull prices for the day being for polled or scurred bulls.  ALC17-2269 was purchased by David and Julie McCamley of Palmal Brahmans, Dingo for $15,000.  Aged 23 months, this scurred bull had a Days To Calving EBV of -8.8 (top 10% for the Brahman Breed), Jap Ox $ Index of 54 (top 5%) and Live Ex $ Index of 48 (top 5%).  This coupled with 4 generations of impeccable fertility data and DTC EBV’s on the Dam’s side, made for a well sort after animal on the day.

Polled sale bull ALC17-2459 sold for $12,700 to Michael Crisp, Lorraine Pastoral Co, Cloncurry.  This bull also obtained impressive fertility data on both the Dam and Sire sides as well as the sale bull its self, with a Days To Calving EBV of -11.9 and Scrotal Size EBV, Jap Ox $ Index and Live Ex $ Index all well above Breed Average.  Having hit puberty early at 13 months of age was reflective of this sale bull’s female ancestors.  His Dam had her first calf at 2 years of age and has had 6 calves on a 358 day calving interval and is advanced pregnant ready to calve early again this calving season.  Three more generations behind that cow contain similar calving records.

As usual, buyers on the day were a mix of new and repeat clients.  Bidders were made up of a mix of family owned and operated commercial businesses as well as major stud and commercial pastoral companies.  There was a clear focus among the buying gallery for fertility and performance data on grass-based genetics.

All bulls were presented straight off grass in pens of 10-17 head where buyers had plenty of time to make selections under the Helmsman Bid System.  The naturally gentle disposition of bulls saw them settle in immediately as buyers commented once again on how well the bulls handled a large crowd of people walking amongst them for the first time.

The huge demand for ALC genetics this year gives us confidence that our genetics are contributing positively throughout Australia, as low-cost production off grass, is what will keep our businesses viable into the future.

The ALC catalogue included EBV’s for DTC, SS, 200, 400 and 600 day growth on the bulls.  The same EBV’s were provided on the four generations on the Dam’s side as well fertility data such as number of calves and calving intervals.  Current raw weight and scrotal circumference was also provided on the sale bulls as well as Jap Ox $ index and Live Ex $ index’s.

The support from all bidders and underbidders at our 2018 sale is sincerely appreciated and we would like to thank you all very much.

Alf and Louise would also like to say a special thanks to the ALC team who made it all possible on the day.  They are:

Tony Carrett (manager at Tondara) for pre-sale preparations.

Brian Dawson (Brian Dawson Auctions), Phil Wieland (BDA) & Leonie Featherstone for running the registering and bidder board on the day.

Wendy Collins and Jill Peck for preparing and running the canteen.

Heath, Tom and Ellie Collins for their extremely hard work this school holidays to prepare for the bull sale and the work that follows.  The day would not have been the success it was without your valuable input.

Best Regards, Alf and Louise Collins.