Cameron and Doug Bennett with their 1050kg Braford bull 'Little Valley Maguire' which sold for $20,000 at the Gracemere Saleyards yesterday.
Cameron and Doug Bennett with their 1050kg Braford bull 'Little Valley Maguire' which sold for $20,000 at the Gracemere Saleyards yesterday. Chris Ison

Sale is all in the family

LITTLE Valley Maguire is set for a return to his dad's former stomping ground in Taroom, west of Maryborough.

Casino's Doug Bennet yesterday sold the bull to the same family he bought the beast's dad from in 2005.

The Wilson family won their $20,000 bid for the 1050kg Braford who was one of the top bull sellers at the annual National Braford Sale at Gracemere Saleyards.

Doug, his son Cameron and the family, made the annual trip to the Beef Capital from their Little Valley Grazing property, 20km north of Casino in New South Wales, for the national sale.

There were 147 bulls offered and 136 sold for a total of $744,000 and an average of $5470.

John and Jackie Amor from Carinya Station at Dulacca near Roma bought the top selling bull which went for $26,000.

Twelve out of 15 heifers sold for a total of $21,350, averaging $1779.

The top price heifer went for $2500.

Overall, 148 from 162 lots offered sold to gross $765,350 and average $5171 which was a clearance of 91%.

Doug and Cameron were happy with their success after selling five of six bulls for a total of $33,000 at an average of $7,300.

“He (Little Valley Maguire) is one of our biggest bulls from the property,” Cameron said from the saleyards.

Doug said he paid $25,000 for Little Valley's dad four years ago.

The Bennett family have had their two Casino properties since Doug's dad passed them down in 1969 and when they're not on the property they keep busy with a bus business as well as a hay contract company.

“I was born and bred on the land,” Doug said.

Doug said he had also worked with Simon Walton's IVF program to impregnate some of his cows in Rockhampton.

But on Saturday night a hiccup occurred and it's believed someone took cattle from the wrong pen which included his pregnant cows.

“Thanks to the stock inspectors, our cows were relocated on Sunday night.

North Queensland stud stock manager for Landmark Bruce Scott said there were buyers at yesterday's sale from throughout Queensland, the Northern Territory, Central Queensland and several sellers from New South Wales.

“It was a very spirited bidding sale,” Mr Scott said.

SALE RESULTS The overall results of yesterday's National Braford Sale at Gracemere Saleyards:

• 162 lots of cattle offered

• 148 sold to gross $765,350

• The average sale was $5,171 which was a 91% clearance.


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