Watasanta sets new high and average records

Neil, Rosalie, Meg and Jack Watson, Watasanta stud, with the $32,000 bull. The sale average was up $2200 on last year’s figure.It was records all round for the eighthannual Watasanta bull sale near Tamworth last Wednesday with a new sale high and the average up $2200 on last year.

Neil Watson and his family sold 35 out of 37 Santa Gertrudis bulls to top at a new on-property record of $32,000 and a new average record of $9486.

All seven twoyear-old Black Santa bulls sold to average $8571 and top at $11,000 whilst all 12 yearling Black Santa bulls sold for a $6458 average.

Guest vendors, the Anderson family, Brookside stud, Armidale, offered and sold four bulls to top at $8000 and average $5500.

Watasanta Kingscross, was a the headline act selling to Mark Bazeley, Burramurra stud, Moama, for $32,000.

The 22month-old poll bull by Watasanta Grand Boy and out of aWatasanta Big Banana daughter, weighed in at 878 kilograms with a daily weight gain of 1.20kg, a scrotal circumference of 39 centimetres, 13 millimetreson the P8, 9mm on the rib, an eye muscle area (EMA) of 130cmsqand an intramuscularfat (IMF) of 3.7 per cent.

Mr Bazeley, who inspected the bull sixmonths ago, but couldn’t be present on sale day, said he could see the potential in him then.

“Being a little bit younger, he’s going to grow into a huge bull,” he said.“You can loose size very easily and cattle shrinking is a concern for me, but this bull will put some scale back into my herd.”

The second highest price of $22,000 was knocked down to Will Barlow, Yarrabee stud, Dango, central Queensland forWatasanta Kickback.

A 23month-old poll bull weighed 862kg with a daily weight gain (DWG) of 1.15kg, 40cm in the scrotum, 12mm for P8, 8mm for Rib, 128cmsq for EMA and 4.3pcof IMF.

The first time buyer was impressed with the shape, head and bone in thetrait leader for 400-day growth.

Mr Barlow said he felt he was the bull to put head and boneback into his stud operation that joins around 250 females annually.

Another QLD influence, the McGuigan family,through Landmark Goondiwindi, secured the top priced Black Santa Watasanta Kilo for $11,000.

Volume buyers, Ashley and Doris McKay, “Torris Park” Augathella central QLD, secured eight bulls topping at $17,000 and averaging $9750.

This was the first time the McKay family had purchased from the Watasanta on-property sale and were chasing new blood.“We were after some outcross genetics but it was also the size of the Watasanta bulls that drew us down here,” Mr McKay said.

The sale was settled by Davidson Cameron and Co., with Paul Dooley, Tamworth, as guest auctioneer.

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