Livestock

Strong results in annual bull sale

Seventy six bulls have sold at an average price of $2961 from the 80 that were up for auction on in the NT Department of Primary Industry and Resources (DPIR) annual bull sale.

The top selling bull in 2018 was a 391kg, scurred Brahman that sold for $7000.

DPIR Pastoral Research Officer Whitney Dollemore said the average sale price of the bulls that sold in 2018 was similar to 2017’s average sale.

“We’re really happy with how the sale went,” Ms Dollemore said.

“2017 was a really good sale year for us and 2018 has almost matched it. We had a strong group of Brahman bulls.”

Ms Dollemore said the DPIR breeding program develops cattle that are productive and adapted to the climate and conditions in the Northern Territory.

“The bulls up for sale were selected for high yearling and 18-month weight, and are the progeny of cows that have a low age of puberty and are able to reconceive whilst lactating, a trait that will be passed on to their daughters who become the makeup of the breeder herd.”

The majority of bulls in 2017’s sale were born in 2016.

The bulls were auctioned online by AuctionsPlus. This is the fifth year the department has conducted its annual bull sale online.

Surplus female stock from the same breeding program will be auctioned. The catalogues can be viewed on the AuctionsPlus website.

Source: NT Government

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