BLACK cattle were in particularly strong demand at the Ascot sale on Friday, topping $70,000 and most impressively setting a record $12,604 Queensland sale average for the Angus breed.
Jim Wedge and Jackie Chard sold 53 Angus bulls for a top of $70,000 to average $12,604 with a 100 per cent clearance. Ascot’s 59 Charolais topped $28,000 to average $7534 with a 98pc clearance.
The record breaking $70,000 sale topper was the magnificently constituted Ascot Lion Heart by the influential sire Hallmark. Lion Heart was bought jointly by the Ben Nevis Angus Stud at Walcha and the Trio Angus Stud, Cassilis. The 18 month old with a 124 sq cm eye muscle area rates in the top 1pc of the Angus breed for 200, 400 and 600 day weight gains and carcase weights.
The five sons of Ascot Hallmark including Lion Heart sold for an average of $25,400.
The $28,000 top priced Charolais Ascot Liquid Gold bought by Australian Cattle and Beef Holdings pictured are David Foote, ACBH, Jackie Chard and Jim Wedge, Ascot Stud, Warwick, and auctioneer Paul Dooley. Photo – Peter Lowe.
The $28,000 top priced Charolais was bought by ACC/Acton joint venture company Australian Cattle and Beef Holdings. Ascot Liquid Gold by VIP Free Lunch will go into ACBH’s Charbray bull breeding program at Millungera, Julia Creek. However, before making his presence big trip north the homozygous polled 19 month old will travel to Victoria for semen collection.
Second topped priced Angus at $24,000 was Ascot King Pin, a 24 month old with a 128 EMA, which sold to Cascade Angus, Currabubula, NSW, through Mike Wilson Stud Stock, Armidale.
Second topped priced Charolais at $24,000 was Ascot Kingsman, a 23 month old homozygous poll with a massive 146 EMA, which sold to Fairview Cattle Co, Alpha.
The draft of homozygous Charolais bulls averaged $11,263, testament to Ascot’s homozygous polled breeding program.
Bulk buyer with 17 bulls was Harvey and Jason Black, trading as Nabrean Pty Ltd, Toowoomba.
Research funding group the Cherish Women’s Cancer Foundation benefited to the tune of $3600 when Bill Gross, Gross Wholesale Meats, Warwick, bought four Angus/Charolais-cross steers.
The sale was conducted by Elders, Colin Say and Co, and Landmark.