It Ain't no bull

Ben Pritchard Mill Creek, James Laurie, Paul Dooley, Ted Laurie with Knowla Payload P05.

Ben Pritchard Mill Creek, James Laurie, Paul Dooley, Ted Laurie with Knowla Payload P05.

In what has been described as a vote of confidence for the beef industry and testament to the quality of the the Laurie families Knowla Livestock program, the stud achieved a complete clearance at their annual bull sale this year.

179 head were cleared in just over an hour by auctioneer Paul Dooley and Elders at the Knowla selling centre at Kanangara Kia Ora just outside of Gloucester.

179 head were cleared in just over an hour by auctioneer Paul Dooley,

The vast majority of the offering remained in the local area between Singleton and Taree.

The top price of $18,000 was paid by Mill Creek Angus at Stroud for the seventeen month old Knowla Payload P05.

Weighing 736 kilograms Payload was selected by many judges as one of the outstanding lots in the sale.

Mill Creek also paid $1300 for a pen of weaner heifers.

The second top price of $16,000 was paid twice.

Margo Duncan and family of Boambee Angus at Seaham selected Navigator N206 as their first choice.

At 21 months of age and weighing 866 kilograms Navigator was one of the highest growth bulls in the sale.

The Duncan family also purchased two other lots in National N64 and Notable N108, both at $8000.

Greg and Gai Falla of 'Glen Avon' Stratford secured two bulls, paying $16,000 for Nobleman N127 and $8,000 for Nobleman N144, both sons of Bowmont King K306.

Mark and Wendy Vaile of Cedar Party via Wingham secured three young sires to a top of $12,000 for Patriot P28.

Repeat buyers, Joe Berry, Nic and Kylie Johnston and John Stidolph all paid $10,000 for their selections.

Macca's Pastoral were the major buyers for their significant Gloucester and Salt Ash aggregation securing 22 bulls at an average of just over $6,000.

Joining just over 2000 cows they would be largest weaner and feeder steer producer in the Gloucester district.

There was strong local support from the Rawdon Vale area with repeat clients, the Johnston family, Cameron Laurie Partnership, and John Gillies and Karen Miles all securing three lots.

Another return buyer, Durness Station at Tea Gardens put together a draft of 4 bulls.

The draft of 107 yearling heifers met strong competition, selling to a top of $1500 to Darryl and Mavis Johnston of Gloucester River.