News

$110,000 bull smashes national records at Gracemere sale

RECORD BREAKER: Telpara Hills Van Damme was the top-priced bull – and an Australian record for this year – at this week’s Rockhampton Brangus Sale.
RECORD BREAKER: Telpara Hills Van Damme was the top-priced bull – and an Australian record for this year – at this week’s Rockhampton Brangus Sale. Contributed

SMASHING the 2014 national record for any breed, a bull sold for a whopping $110,000 at the 38th Rockhampton Brangus Sale in Gracemere on Tuesday.

The 23-month-old, 901kg bull was offered by the Pearce family, of Telpara Hills on the Atherton tableland.

Breeder Stephen Pearce said he knew it was a good bull, but was only expecting to make between $40,000 and $50,000.

"It just kept going," he said yesterday.

"It was incredibly fast. I've had a pretty hard time wiping the smile off my face."

The bull was bought by Mal and Sue Burston, of Broadlea Station, Moranbah.

Of the 109 bulls for sale on the day, 92 sold for an 84% clearance.

The sale grossed $681,000 to average $7402.

Mr Pearce described Telpara Hills Van Damme as smooth and long, with incredible finesse and bone.

He is the first son of Swift, the number two marbling bull in the US.

His mother is also the first brangus donor cow in Australia to export embryos to the States in more than 22 years.

Mr Pearce said Van Damme was a C-grade leftover embryo from a flush sold to US interests.

He said only a handful of bulls had sold for above $100,000 in Australia.

"It was a bit like 'wow we really did that'," he said.

"It's a great thing for the industry and for brangus."

The previous record for a brangus bull is $40,000.

The Pearce family also sold two heifers at the two-day sale for a top price of $18,000 each.

On Monday, 41 stud females were offered, with 39 selling for a 95% clearance.

A gross of $166,000 was achieved to average $4256.

A total 383 commercial brangus females also sold on Monday to average $674.

Ray White Rural real estate agent Gary Wendt said the strength in the stud market seen across all breed descriptions at this year's sales had definitely lifted the confidence of cattle producers.

Topics:  bull gracemere livestock rural stock



How to do Eat Street the right way

EVERYTHING you need to know to get the most out of your Eat Street experience and to avoid a food coma when you’re only one stall deep.

Don’t go chasing waterfalls…find them on these drives!

The Scenic Rim is just one place nearby that you'll love.

BRISBANE isn’t all bright lights and city slickers.

Science Festival seriously awesome

Don't miss the World Science Festival Brisbane!

CALLING everyone who wants to see something totally cool.

Drink where the cool kids do this summer

There are a bunch of new bars open in Brisbane, make sure you're there!

CHECK out these new funky bars.

Discover Brisbane’s laneway gems

Brisbane's laneways will surprise you.

NOT all of Brisbane City is as it seems…

Top five things to experience this summer in Brisbane

Tangalooma is amazing if you're keen for a dive, kayak or swim.

THIS summer get out and explore your capital city.

Your boots are made for walking these tours

Brisbane Greeters tours are a great way to learn the local history of the city.

YOU don’t need a bike or bus for a seriously good tour of Brisbane.

An industry changing before Bruce's eyes

Bruce McKenzie with his grand son Riley McKenzie at Gracemere sale yards.

Bruce has seen the beef industry change significantly.

All you need to know about this weekend's Nines

The womens team representatives (from left) Sarah Field from the Emu Park Emus, Meagan Rickertt from Rockhampton Brothers, Amber Carsburg from Norths Chargers and Miranda Baker from the Blackwater Crushettes.

Who's playing, when they're playing and how the games work

Fall in Fitzroy unemployment rate encouraging

Police, Fire and Emergency Services Minister Bill Byrne, Road Safety Week.Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin

Youth unemployment stats giving us hope

Local Partners

An industry changing before Bruce's eyes

Having spent close to nine decades in Central Queensland one local man has seen the beef industry change significantly.


Feeling Lucky?

Win $1000 worth of Scratchies
Learn More

REVIEW: Under the Gun doco looks at right to bear arms

ARMED: A still from the 2016 documentary film Under the Gun by Stephanie Soechtig.

An in-depth look into America's gun culture.

Messing with your head

MIND BLOWN: What could be weirder than the realisation that we have another completely separate brain and nervous system than the one originating in our heads?

Fascinating connection between your gut and your brain

Why the Rocket Man won't be landing in Rockhampton

epa05642885 British singer-songwriter and composer, Sir Elton John performs in the Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 22 November 2016.  EPA/PAUL BERGEN

Bulletin asks the hard questions after today's big news

Living End, Grinspoon stars hit stage for American Idiot

GET a sneak peek at Green Day's American Idiot The Musical as we go behind the scenes to meet the stars at a QPAC rehearsal.

Samuel L Jackson dismisses La La Land ahead of Oscars

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in a scene from the movie La La Land.

Hollywood actor and Oscars voter says Denzel should win top gong

Live performance of Sci-fi classic to open Science Festival

Qld Symphony Orchestra perform live to 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Festival will host A Live Presentation of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Former Family Matters stare accused of child abuse

Reginald VelJohnson, left, and Darius McCrary arrive at the TV Land Awards on Sunday, April 19, 2009 in Universal City, Calif.

Darius McCrary has been accused of child abuse

Bindi Irwin's birthday tribute to her dad

Bindi Irwin

Bindi Irwin has paid tribute to her dad on his 55th birthday

Reality TV show gives Maryborough a boost

*WARNING EMBARGOED until 9.15pm Monday January 30* Sean Hollands and Susan Rawlings pictured after their wedding on the TV series Married At First Sight. Supplied by Channel 9.

Maryborough looks good on reality TV show.

Buderim dad rejects gay son's emotional plea for second time

LOVERS: Grant and Chris have been together for more than three years, and Chris' parents refuse to acknowledge their son's fiance.

Son’s emotional plea rejected again by unmoved father

$140k damage: landlord says property trashed, contaminated

He had what he calls "the tenants from hell"

Submarine, buses and 3000 tyres removed in $100K clean up

The list of things removed from this property is beyond astonishing

Rocky rentals close to the mark

For Rent sign in front of new house

Far better placed than other CQ cities

Popular island resort sells to loaded international investor

OUR PICK: Chris Foey's colourful shot of one of Gladstone's great tourism hot spots, Heron Island.

International investor snaps up piece of Gladstone paradise.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!