The results of the14th annual Rayleigh Hereford Stud bull sale at Narrabri on Friday again confirmed that ‘regardless of seasonal conditions, quality pays’ commented Nutrien Narrabri agent Bruce Evans.

Sale attendees from the western areas commented on their low rainfall this year compared to the Narrabri district. However, the Rayleigh sale of bulls and females bred at the Holcombe family’s long established stud saw the top price bull sold for $22,000 with 24 out of 28 sold to average $12,292. The annual sale again drew buyers from a wide area of NSW and Queensland joined by online bidders.

“There was an outstanding turnout of new and repeat buyers at the 14th annual Rayleigh Bull and Female Sale on Friday” reports Nutrien Narrabri agent Bruce Evans. “Buyers travelled from Queensland, Southern NSW, the Mid-North Coast and throughout Northern NSW.

“The bulls saw a top price of $22,000, with 24 out of 28 sold to average $12,292. Heifers sold extremely well, topping at $7000 and averaging $4135 with a total clearance.

“Lot 6 was the sale topping bull, at $22,000, bought by the Steiner family, Coonamble. The Steiners have been buying bulls from Rayleigh for two generations. The Steiners purchased three bulls in total to average $17, 333.

“Two bulls sold at $18,000, one to Paspaley Rural and one to Killarney Station.

“The top priced female sold for $7000, bought by C and J Latimore, Wauchope. They finished the sale with five heifers at an average of $5600.

“Another significant purchaser on the day was William Buchanan, Killarney Station, Narrabri, who bought one bull at $18,000 and three heifers at an average of $4000.

“Buyers commented on the quality, temperament and eye appeal of the Rayleigh cattle on offer,” said Mr Evans. “This, combined with industry leading genetics and figures, resulted in a terrific day for the Holcombe family. A lot of long hours and hard work goes in to breeding bulls and when it culminates in a sale like this it is just reward for the effort.”

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