• 159 Bulls av $6578
• 9 Females av $14,111
• 5 Semen packages av $3500
• Total clearance
• Gross $1.19m
All major existing breed records were smashed at the 2004 annual Glenlands Droughtmaster Sale, Gracemere. New benchmarks were set in the bull, female, joined female, semen, gross and sale average categories catapulting the prefix, it’s owners and the breed into a new era to the way to setting a record gross of $1.19m
Frenzied demand saw 12 led registered bulls set a $19,958 average topping at $95,000 while 114 unled counterparts topped at $20,000 (twice) to average $5750 to end with an overall average figure for that category of $6945. Thirty-three purebred males topped at $11,000 setting a $5182 average while nine led registered females cracked $35,000 on the way to averaging a mammoth $14,111 with joined females topping at another record $14,000. Demand didn’t dissipate as semen sold to a record $550 per straw ($5500/package) setting a category average of $3500/package ($350/straw).
The Childs families, Glenlands Stud, Bouldecombe saw male values climb by $2533 per head over the 2003 result with 234 bidders cards completed before the sale commenced. Their genetics found 70 destinations from as far west as the Kimberley region of WA, the NT and all parts of Queensland.
David Torrisi, Vitwood Stud, Pialba rewrote the record books to secure the $95,000 Glenlands Hilton (33-months). Offered on a three-quarter share and full possession, Hilton tipped the scales at 950kg and delivered an EMA reading of 128cm sq. Loosing bidders was Fred and Juleen Johnson, Chipahill Stud, Biloela. Terry and Jenny O’Meara, Halcyon Stud, Gympie secured the 2004 RNA junior champion, Invincible for $47,500. With a final EBV of +31 (63%) the 20-month-old son of Swan Horsham was also offered on a three-quarter-share basis and weighed 805kg with an EMA of 110.
Charles and Grace Lund, Raglan, Clermont secured the new female auction record by raising the bar by $17,000 to pay $35,000 for the 2004 RNA champion, D Hav-A-Heart (Horsham). With a bull at side the three-year-old was sold open with the loosing bidders the Purnell family, Calioran Stud, Alton Downs. Establishing the new record for joined females at $14,000 was the Corbett family, Karragarra Stud, Gympie for the 21-month-old, Innocence (Talgai 730) who carried an eight-week test to Horsham. Semen rocketed to record levels with the Keith and Jo Hill Castletower Stud, Calliope paying $5500 ($550/straw) for the package in Horsham.
Top herd bull was a rising three-year-old snapped up by Peter Graham, Yalkara, Biloela for $11,000.
Rod and Lyn Sperling, Rodlyn Stud, Bell outlaid the equal top unled registered bull money taking the $20,000 He’s Got The Look (Wingfield Eric) with an EMA reading of 130cmsq. Volume support came from Richard and Robyn Simmonds, Avon Downs, Clermont taking 20 for an average $4550. Seamark, Mandalay, Dululu ended with a card of 15 posting an average of $3833. Charlie Hawkins, Herbertvale Station, Mt Isa took nine for a $6611 average while David Corbett, Jersey Plains, Cloncurry ended his card with 10 for a $4200 average. Callum Maclachan, Meda and Blina Stations, Kimberley returned to take seven for a $3500 average.
Steven and Claire Farmer, Comanche Stud, Morinish selected two for a $15,000 average topping at $20,000 (equal top unled price) for 33-month-old son of the $40,000 Swan Jeopardise. Bill and Alison Zahnleiter, Durack Stud, Baralaba took the $15,000 Havoc (Sunderland Bolero) while the 24-month-old, Idol (Cungelella Foundation) made $13,000 selling to the Richters family, Surprise, St George. The Donaldson family, Medway Stud, Bogantungan ended with a trio to average $9833. Bill Acton, Krismark Downs, Theodore took three for a $6667 average. Another Foundation son to sell high was the $16,000 Hallam (P) (31-months) going to Colin and Linda Hewitt, Stirling, Roma who ended with a $7500 average for five. The Johnson family, Hillsborough Pastoral Company, Biloela took the $16,000, 31-month-old Hillview (Emblem) while David and Rosemary Purnell, Calioran Stud, Alton Downs paid $28,000 for the cow and bull calf unit, Havana (Ballero) and Judgement. The Corbett family, Karragarra Stud, Gympie outlaid an average $12,000 for their three females including the cow and female calf unit, Honey (Crusader Mission II) for $15,000. David Torrisi made his presence felt throughout the catalogue collecting two heifers for an $8000 average and another male, Indulgence (P) (21-months) for $6000. John Baker, Booroondarra, Middlemount took two bulls for a $9750 average. The Woolcock family, Oakey Creek, Springsure averaged $4900 for their five, Junee Pastoral Company, Dingo ended with six for a $5083 average. Wayne and Judy Veivers, Talgai Stud, Rolleston claimed three for an $8334 average.