Angus bull cream of the crop at Alice Springs

July 5, 2016 11:55 am

An Angus bull from South Australia’s Keringa Angus, Keringa Highlander K52, has topped the bidding and was crowned Champion of Any Other Breed last week at the Alice Springs annual show and sale.

A strong cattle market and good seasonal conditions were reflected in the sale, with prices up on last year.

The sale averaged $4 788 with 83% clearance. Strong demand was evident for Angus cattle in central Australia with the Angus bulls in this sale averaging $8 167.

The top priced bull sold for $9,500 and was purchased by Brad Seymour, Haasts Bluff, west of Alice Springs, to put over his Hereford cows.

“We’re very young. We’ve only been operating for two and a half years and we’re trying to get into feedlots, so it’s important for us to have that Angus influence to maximise our profit in this market” Mr Seymour said.

He said he bought the best bull at the sale and the animal would fit in well with his breeding program.

“I love the bull that we bought, he’s a young bull, got plenty of growth left and a good package, I couldn’t really stop [bidding],” he chuckled.

Keringa Stud principal Trent Walker said selling the top-priced bull, as well as two other bulls for $7,500 each, was a “magnificent result”.

“Cattle prices are pretty strong and I was hoping the averages would be a little up on last year, but this is far more than I had expected. It’s more than I could have hoped for,” Mr Walker said.

Pictured above: Belinda and Brad Seymour paid $9,500 at the Alice Springs annual show and sale for Keringa Highlander K52, from Keringa Stud’s Trent Walker (R). Photo courtesy of ABC Rural