An impressive son of the record-breaking Battalion Black Hawk K7 has fetched the top price at the 78th annual Glen Innes Hereford Bull Sale.
The overall sale result saw 35 of 58 bulls sell to a top of $18,000 and average $7438, while nine of 13 female lots sold to a top of $5000 and averaged $3472.
Offered by the Monie family of Thornleigh Herefords, Little Plain NSW, Thornleigh Black Hawk S206 reached the sale top of $18,000, selling to David Phelan, Yarram, Vic.
The 22-month-old sire weighed in at 880kg with a raw EMA of 126sqcm, IMF scan of 6.2, rib and rump fats of 10 and 16mm respectively, and a scrotal measurement of 39cm.
Purchaser David Phelan was impressed with Black Hawk S206’s raw data and overall sire appeal, describing the bull as a “standout”.
The Black Hawk K7 genetics were another drawcard as Mr Phelan has been enjoying success with another Black Hawk sire currently in his herd.
According to Thornleigh stud principal Ben Monie Black Hawk S206 also comes from a strong maternal line, with a full brother selling for $16,000 to Ironbark Herefords.
“He’s out of a great cow, she’s done a great job, so he’s got solid backing on both sides of the pedigree,” Mr Monie said.
Black Hawk K7 genetics also featured in the pedigree of the second top priced bull Truro Sisco S160 which sold for $11,000 to Chris Lisle of Tummel Herefords, Walcha.
Offered by David Hann, Courallie Herefords, Sisco S160 is a Black Hawk K7 grandson, sired by Thornleigh K7 Nostalgic N287.
Tipping the scales at 975kg with a raw EMA of 131sqcm and a scrotal measurement of 40cm Sisco caught Mr Lisle’s eye with his scale and capacity.
“He’s a big, long bull with tremendous length and thickness, and he’s got good figures,” Mr Lisle said.
Mr Lisle also collected the fourth top priced bull; another Black Hawk K7 son, paying $10,000 for Thornleigh Black Hawk S207.
The 22-month-old sire appealed to Mr Lisle for his “softness and quality” coupled with his overall thickness and a solid set of BREEDPLAN figures.
Black Hawk S207 ticks the boxes as a moderate birth weight sire with an EMA and rump fat EBV in the top 20 percent of the Hereford breed, and 600-day weight in the top 30 percent.
The K7 genetics were also a significant factor in Mr Lisle’s purchase of the two bulls as Black Hawk K7 is a complete outcross for the Tummel program.
Battalion Black Hawk K7 sold for the Glen Innes record sale price of $45,000 in 2016 to Thornleigh Herefords and Franco Herefords.
Mr Monie is thrilled with how Black Hawk K7 has performed both in the Thornleigh herd and in herds across the country.
“Black Hawk has bred so consistently for us for some time, he’s got great acceptance in both the commercial and stud industry,” Mr Monie said.
Mr Monie was very happy with how the draft of Thornleigh bulls sold on the day, with nine bulls selling to new and existing clients.
“In a pretty trying sale we were very pleased with how our bulls sold, some went to new clients and others have bought from us for years.
“David Phelan is a new client, and I’m thrilled to get a bull into Tummel, Chris has got a great cow herd,” Mr Monie said.
The third top price of the sale of $10,500 was paid by Denis Forrest of Barraba for Jindalee Secretariat S087.
A 22-month-old son of Lotus Nudgee N174, Secretariat weighed in at 850kg with a raw EMA of 128sqcm and rib and rump fats of 11 and 17mm.
Out of a Wallan Creek Argus female, Secretariat S087 appealed to Mr Forrest with his completeness and sire appeal.
“He’s a very even bull, he’s good underneath and got good hindquarters,” Mr Forrest said.
Mr Forrest also purchased two other bulls at the Glen Innes sale, picking up both Thornleigh Hugo S168 and Thornleigh Black Hawk S174 to add to his commercial program based at Barraba and Manilla.
In the female draft the top price of $5000 was paid by JD Gibb Pty Ltd for Dundee Toga 17 S305.
Offered by long-time Glen Innes vendor Roger Kneipp, the two-year-old heifer was sired by Dundee Bonanza M025 and out of a Courallie Kodiak K592 female and had been joined to Dundee Koorajong in April this year.
Elders selling agent Lincoln McKinlay commended the quality of bulls offered on the day describing the lineup as “a credit to all the vendors”.
“I think everyone should be really proud of the group of bulls that they put up and everyone that has bought these bulls to take home will be really happy with them,” Mr McKinlay said.