It has been a busy time for two of our region's Murray Grey studs with the Royal Easter Show quickly followed by the breed's annual National Show and Sale.
First up was the Royal where the Ernst family's Dehavalyn stud exhibited the highest scoring Murray Grey steer carcase with their entry in class 13 scoring 89 points on the hook and being awarded a Silver medal for meat quality. The steer was sired by Willawa Greys Ernest.
In the stud cattle classes the family exhibited the senior and grand champion bull Dehavalyn Wakefield N6 and the junior champion bull Dehavalyn Neotsfield (PB) (AI), Ernst family.
After the Royal it was time for the breed's National Show and Sale where the Dorrigo based Onward Murray Grey stud owned by Sue Francis sold the top price bull.
It was Lot 41. Onward Nougat who was purchased for $15,000 by Charles and Janet Wallace, Woodbourn Murray Grey Stud, Cressy, Tasmania.
Sue was very pleased with the result despite the toll of a 2000km round trip to the breed's showcase event.
Nougat was a July 2017 drop Burnett Downs Kenworth K13 son a sired that Sue bought from the Roma sale. She described the sale topper as an extraordinary package of maternal, performance and carcase traits in a very on the eye sire.
"From a young homebred dam (Onward Debbie) that money wouldn't prise from the Onward herd. By a new sire who it would appear will leave a great legacy of performance progeny," she said.
His younger full sister Onward Debbie P19 sold for $4750 at the same sale.