Wednesday 3 August 2022

MORE than 800 people took part in Saturday’s 2022 Casino All Breeds bull and female sale, which saw a new record set for the top price bull at $28,000 – $8000 above last year’s price.

The popular annual sale, held at the Northern Rivers Livestock Exchange, saw a staggering $1,300,750 of livestock sold on the day, at an overall average of $9291, including females. An average price of $9500 for bulls was achieved with a 91.5 percent clearance rate.

The record top price bull was sold by Yorklea-based Lyle Family Angus, which saw its Prime Time Foreman R44 go for $28,000.

NRLX Operations Manager Brad Willis said the sale produced some sensational results for vendors, as well as cementing the All Breeds sale as a flagship event for the Casino facility.

Mr Willis said it was great to see a huge crowd in attendance following the impacts and restrictions we have all endured over the previous two sales with Coronavirus.

He said an estimated 500 people were in attendance on the day and a further 321 tuned in online to watch the event.

“Once again the annual All Breeds sale has produced some exceptional sale results which shows the NRLX is the destination of choice for buyers seeking high quality cattle,” Mr Willis said.

“Despite the higher-than-average wet season and the two flood events earlier this year, vendors have gone above and beyond to produce the quality and condition of their livestock.

“Through the NRLX team’s dedication to continuous improvement, close working relationship with our stakeholder groups, and our state-of-the-art facilities, we are continuing to raise the bar of industry best practice.

“As the premier livestock exchange for Northern NSW, we are leading the way.”

Nick and Blair Franklin, of Franklin Angus, had an exceptional day selling the top priced cow at $15,000, while also having the highest averaged price bulls of the day at $18,000 per head, as well as selling two bulls for $25,000 each.

The Promised Land Stud Speckle Park heifers saw plenty of competition with bidding topping $13,000 per head  at an average of $11,750.

Mr Willis said five lots were purchased for $43,750 via StockLive, with stock heading to Gloucester, Garah – north west of Moree, and Wallabadah – south west of Tamworth.

He said many online bids received counter bids from the floor, which in turn increased sale prices.

“The introduction of StockLive to our specialty sales has been a real boon for sellers seeking to capitalise on the current exceptional market conditions,” Mr Willis said.

“It also showcases the value of the technological capabilities of the NRLX.”

Mr Willis said the NRLX undertook extensive preparation for the annual sale to ensure the facility was pristine condition.

“All the buyers’ laneways are pressure washed, and new soft flooring is added for each of the pens at no cost to the All Breeds Committee,” he said.

“From the main car park all the way through to the holding yards, our operational team did a fantastic job.

“NRLX staff are also made available on sale day to coordinate operations and run the sale at no charge to the All Breeds Committee.

“This is an important part of our contribution to what is not only a key industry sale, but also a vital fundraising opportunity for local charities.”

For more information or interviews, please contact Bradley Willis on 0408 203 654