2019 Dectomax National Show & Sale

Prolonged drought conditions may have taken a toll on the clearance rates at the 60th Dectomax National Shorthorn Show and Sale, held again at the traditional home Dubbo, but that didn’t stop what was otherwise a tremendous celebration to mark the milestone anniversary.

Nor did it deter bidders on the Grand Champion bull, Sprys Extra Special N61, who was knocked down for the top price of $44,000 after extremely spirited bidding.

Purchased by Greg and Megan Schuller, Outback Shorthorns, Culcairn, NSW, Sprys Extra Special N61 was awarded the Grand Champion Bull by judge, Mr. Peter Falls the day before.

A son of Canadian sire, Muridale Thermal Energy, Mr. Schuller described him as a bull he had watched since a calf and that had always impressed him.

Outback Shorthorns run 200 Stud breeders as well as 500 commercial females and backed Sprys Extra Special N61 on both the performance of the bull as well as his sire.

“Thermal Energy is really kicking some goals at the moment and the data coming through his progeny is very suited to our programs,” he said. “His phenotype characteristics coupled with his maturity and marbling of quality fats is exactly where we need to be, so to get a son as good as all that with a heap of carcase and performance in him, we had to add him into our programs.”

New Zealand semen rights have since been sold to Ken Morton, Mortons Shorthorns, Kati Kati, New Zealand.

Second top priced bull was Trojon Southern Cross Nic who sold for $18,000 to return buyers Chris and Debbie White & Family, Fonthill Farm and Deeck Pastoral at Oatlands, Melton and Mowbray, Tasmania.

The White family run a large commercial herd supplying the Greenhams Global Animal Partnership program in Tasmania. In total, the White family purchased 3 bulls for $34,000 to average $11,333.

Third priced bull was the Division 4 Champion, Polldale Neat, who sold for $12,000 to a syndicate of Peter Falls, Malton Shorthorns, Finley and Brown’s Shorthorns, Morrinsvale, Waikato New Zealand who claimed the New Zealand semen rights.

In total, 54 bulls sold at auction, from the 115 head offered, however a further 7 bulls sold directly afterwards for a total clearance of 57 head.

The sale averaged $6,741 at auction, a sound result given the seasonal challenges, and followed on from a tremendous display of bulls in the judging ring the day before.

A dinner was also held the night prior to the auction and was extremely well attended with dinner tickets sold out prior to the event.

Funds were raised at the dinner to help support the McGrath Foundation.

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About Shorthorn

The Shorthorn breed is truly unique, from their distinctive roan colour, to their rich breed history and most importantly, the wonderful community of breeders, there is nothing else quite like a Shorthorn.

The key to the Shorthorn breeds advantage lies in their balanced genetic profile, driven by market participation that has been developed and refined, after more than 200 years of genetic selection under Australian conditions.

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