Donalds in awe of sale
TOPPING the first day of the Brahman Week sale is quite an achievement but Les and Helen Donald are no overnight successes.
After about 21 years of stud breeding the Theodore couple, who operate under the name El Ja Brahmans, achieved their best ever result on Monday night.
Their prize bull, Mr Mali Navasoto Manso, sold for $45,000 to Kerry Packer's Consolidated Pastoral company.
"That's the biggest we've had at Brahman Week ... we're really happy,'' Mr Donald said.
"We knew he'd do well, they are as good a line of bulls as we've ever had.''
But the sale came after years of hard work and planning by Mr and Mrs Donald who have put their faith in embryo transfers and travelled far and wide to secure the best genetics.
"It (embryo transfers) means you can breed a lot of better genetics in a hurry,'' he said.
"We've travelled to America a couple of times to select the best bulls and females.''
And the results stretch beyond the $45,000 windfall, the couple sold 19 bulls on Monday for an average of $14,800 ? well above the sale average of $6800 for the day.
While the couple admitted to a few nerves ahead of Monday's sale they said it was always a highlight for them.
"It's very important because it's an advertisement for the rest of your cattle,'' Mr Donald said.
"But it's also a bit of a spell from the work at home and it's good to see what other breeders are doing.