Big bucks at Glen Aplin sale

TOP PRODUCT: Lot 5 at the Glenisa sale went for $17,000.
TOP PRODUCT: Lot 5 at the Glenisa sale went for $17,000. Samantha Wantling

A BOLD decision 18 months ago to move the annual Glenisa sale from August to May paid handsome dividends for the Wise family at the recent on-property Glenisa Angus bull sale.

In a total clearance, the draft averaged $5800, with the top-priced bull selling to $17,000 - both record highs for Glenisa at the sale on Friday, May 12.

Bidding for Lot 5, top-priced bull Glenisa Leichardt L051, was spirited before he was knocked down to CPC Pastoral Company.

The 18-month-old was sired by DSK RR Feel Good out of a well-credentialed, home-bred Glenisa cow. This well-structured and balanced youngster was supported by impressive and balanced Breedplan figures.

It was the first time the successful bidder, CPC Pastoral, had attended a Glenisa sale and they purchased a total of four bulls for an average of $9250.

Repeat buyer the Hartley family of Injune was the top volume buyer, purchasing five bulls.

Ced Wise, principal of Glenisa Angus, was delighted by the outcome of the sale.

He said it was especially satisfying to see a mix of returning and first-time buyers at the sale.

"We could not be happier with the outcome," Mr Wise said.

"We see this as validation of our breeding program over almost 20 years.

"With bulls going to buyers from the Northern Territory to Tasmania, central Queensland, the New England district as well as locally, it is certainly a great endorsement of our bulls.

"It is also a nod to the versatility of the angus breed as a whole."

Mr Wise said it was rewarding to see so many local clients among the big crowd at the sale.

Ron Fletcher of Glendarra Partnership, Wyberba, and the Thompson family, Dalveen, purchased bulls again this year. Both have been strong supporters of Glenisa sales in recent years.

Ben Olbrich of Mont-Bell stud in Cygnet, Tasmania, spoke highly of the quality of the Glenisa bulls.

"Glenisa bulls are structurally very sound," he said.

"Their performance is predictable and they have a great temperament, which all flows on to their progeny."

The Tasmanian breeder was one of a number of under bidders for the top-priced bull but did not go home empty-handed, purchasing Lot 21 Glenisa Landlord, a son of Raff Dynamite.

Mr Wise and wife Rowena paid tribute to their family and staff, acknowledging not only their personal commitment but also that of their partners.

Mr Wise, one of the most prominent voices in the artificial breeding industry, said it seemed the stars had finally aligned for the cattle industry.

"High cattle prices and good seasons for most producers are being reflected in the marketplace," Mr Wise said,

"There has never been a better time to improve infrastructure and the genetics of your herd."

The sale was conducted by Landmark Toowoomba in conjunction with George and Fuhrman at Glenisa.

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