The drought hasn’t produced many good news stories from the land but on Friday the Rayleigh Poll Herefords sale at Burren Junction bucked this trend when the auctioneer’s hammer went down on a $12,000 bull sale.

“We’re blown away,” said Jeff Holcombe who runs the ‘Rayleigh’ cattle stud with his wife Robyn and two daughters Sarah and Anna Holcombe.

‘Rayleigh’ sold 22 of the 26 bulls on offer topping at $12,000 and averaging at $5363, and nine of the 12 heifers topping at $1750.

The $12,000 bull, Rayleigh Nile N052, was purchased by Tom Lyons of ‘Parmedman’ Gulargambone.

“We were all just thrilled,” said Sarah Holcombe.

“State wide breeder numbers are a long way down and people have very little confidence in the weather patterns changing any time soon, so it was always going to be a tough year to be selling bulls.

“Rayleigh Nile N052 was certainly a standout amongst the offering this year.

“He is a good type of bull that is backed with performance data.

“The Lyons family, who purchased Nile, are clients that actually bought their first bull from us at the Dubbo National, earlier this year.

“We followed up with them after the sale and they said they would come out to our property for a look, and I must say – we are very glad they did.”