Jason Bartolo prepares two of his best Brahmans for sale.
Jason Bartolo prepares two of his best Brahmans for sale. Allan Reinikka

Brahman sales reach $4.8m

THIS week was a big one for Jason Bartolo, who put 12 of his best bulls up for sale at the Rockhampton Brahman Week Sale.

The Nebo breeder sold a few early on in the week, one of them his biggest sale yet at $20,000.

“It went really well yesterday,” Jason said.

“We’ve done a few $14,000 and $15,000 sales before, but that was probably our biggest.”

Coming from a family of breeders, Jason visits the Rockhampton sales every year.

“It’s one of the more elite sales for Brahmans,” Jason said.

“That’s apart from private sales. For multi-vendor sales this is one of the most elite; you always bring your best bulls.”

At the end of the last day of sale yesterday, Australian Brahman Breeders Association general manager John Croaker said the week had been a success.

Mr Croaker said 819 bulls had been sold for a gross of about $4.8 million.

“We’ve had an average price of $5964 and 92% clearance,” Mr Croaker said.

“So that’s certainly a very good result. It’s an improvement on last year. We catalogued more bulls last year, but the average price was an improvement.

“Last year we came through a series of dry years and people were just more cautious in their buying, so there’s certainly a lot more confidence in the industry.”

Rockhampton Brahman Week Sale

Bulls sold: 819

Gross sales: $4.8 million

Clearance: 92%

Top price: $42,500 for a grey bull

Final day top price: $36,000 for a red bull



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