Killimicat Helmsman sale moves 27 bulls

Mark Lucas with Peter and Mary Hoodless of Jingellic, who bought two lots at the sale.

Reiland Angus co-principal Mark Lucas was happy with Tuesday’s Helmsman bull sale at Killimicat Station.

It was a low-key sale  at which 30 bulls were auctioned, to follow up the more substantial sale of 68 bulls at Killimicat in April.

Twenty-seven of the bulls auctioned on Tuesday were sold at an average of $5218.

“Under the current situation with the effect of the bushfires on local areas, bulls are harder to place, and this needs to be taken into account,” Mr Lucas said.

“We are very happy that we still have viable commercial buyers.”

Mr Lucas said there was currently a strong focus on lower birth rate and higher carcass traits such as eye muscle and marbling.

The top-price bull went for $11,000 to Taranee Pastoral Company at Tarcutta.

This bull was sired by Esselmont Lotto, who also sired the top-priced bull at the April sale.

The second and third top priced bulls on Tuesday were also sold to Taranee.

“We are thrilled with the clearance, and having new buyers from the west of the Riverina, who are volume buyers; they bought three or four bulls each,” Mr Lucas said.

These purchases were made online, as the sale was interfaced with AuctionsPlus.

Mr Lucas said such online sales had increased exposure to bull sales.

“They are a bit more work, but they are worth it,” he said.

The Helmsman sale was deftly handled by Michael Glasser of GTSM. 

Mr Lucas has a positive outlook about the future of the industry, despite the recent difficult times.

“The future of the breeding component of the beef industry is looking exciting and profitable into the future,” he said.