Greg & Sally Chappell’s Dulverton Angus Stud conducted their annual sale on property at Shannon Vale Station on Monday 25th July.
One of the largest drafts of Stud Bulls to be offered in the Glen Innes district attracted 61 registered bidders, drawn from far north Queensland to the Hunter Valley and west to Moree and to the slopes and plains of Gunnedah and Coonabarabran.
With positive cattle returns, cattlemen confident of seeing a strong return to investment on leading genetics bid keenly to clear the catalogue. 74 bulls sold at auction to average $7047.29 with a top price of $14,000 twice. Purchasers of the high price bull were first time buyers at Dulverton Sam & Erica Ulrick “Springfield” Guyra, who purchased 3 bulls to average $10,800 for their high quality herd. The Ulricks led from the front, purchasing the Lot 1 bull who appealed to astute judges with well balanced estimated breeding values and by Bald Blair Debonair D34 from a proven 9 year old dam.
Equal top price at $14,000 was a son of Pathfinder Galaxy G476 from one of the stud’s leading cow lines Mandy E239, purchased by TMR Trading Pty Ltd for their property at Scone. Overall TMR Trading Pty Ltd were volume buyers and procured six bulls to average $9,583.
The majority of bulls offered were sold to repeat Dulverton Angus clients and vendors Greg & Sally Chappell were delighted with the support of well established cattlemen and that their genetics were performing in varying environments for many different markets.
Far North Queensland producers Lachie & Trudi Mace made the long trip from Stanage to purchase three bulls to $8000, one of which was a yearling bull that had been specially selected using home grown Dulverton genetics. The Homebred Heroes, seven specially selected yearling bulls, was an initiative of the Chappell’s which was well supported at this years sale. The Laurie Family’s Knowla Angus Gloucester also purchased a yearling L154 for $8000 from a strong maternal line, while repeat buyers the Southeron Family of ‘Branga North’ Walcha purchased a well balanced son of Dulverton Jackpot J037 for $11,000 investing in a high quality yearling with an eye to the future.
A generous gesture repeated again at this year’s sale was the donation of the proceeds of the sale of Dulverton Kingston K242 going to Motor Neurone research. The bull was purchased by Oak Park Trust Glen Innes for $10,000. Thank you to the Burgess Family.
Greg & Sally thank all bidders and underbidders at their annual sale, they are gratified with the support of so many return clients. The $7042.29 average is the culimination of years of careful selection in one of the Angus breeds most noted maternal herds. The present strength of the cattle market and the optimism for cattle breeders across all breeds is a just reward for seedstock producers enjoying great clearances and excellent sale averages.