Plowman family ends 2017 on high with top bull
THE lack of rain leading up to the Kingaroy All Breeds Bull Sale may have dragged prices down but it was nonetheless a solid sale.
James Bredhauer from Aussie Land and Livestock said the August 30 auction clearing rate was just short of 60% and many remaining bulls sold in the pen.
"There was a really good clearance in the angus bulls and we had a pretty good clearance in the limousin bulls,” Mr Bredhauer said.
The buyers were mostly local, with a handful driving down from the North Burnett.
It was great day for the Plowman family, which capped off a stellar year after taking out the champion heifer title at the Ekka a few months prior.
Karen Plowman from Ruby Ridge Angus sold the top-priced bull in Ruby Ridge Looney Tunes at $6500.
He was sired by the same bull that sired the top heifer from the Ekka.
"It was a tough sale because we hadn't had any rain,” Mrs Plowman said.
The Plowmans only started breeding stud bulls about three years ago and this year was the first time their stud started generating its own lines.
"We've sold all our two-year-old bulls, we've got young bulls coming on and the stud cows will start calving now until January,” Mrs Plowman said.
"Being new stud breeders, we've had a wonderful year with showing around the Burnett.
"We've had a very good Ekka and sold all our bulls for the year and it's been topped off with some nice rain.”
The next big day for the Coolabunia yards will be the Droughtmaster Female Sale in mid-November.
"We'll do a draw for that soon,” Mr Bredhauer said.
"They'll all be stud droughtmaster females and there might be some commercial females.
"It should be a pretty fair roll-up.”