Palgrove’s first annual bull sale held at Chinchilla heralded a success

186/186 Bulls Sold to Average $17,102 - Full Story

Palgrove’s first annual bull sale held at Chinchilla heralded a success


It was the beginning of a new era for Palgrove on Friday, being the first annual bull sale to be held at Glen Wilga, Chinchilla.

There were plenty of reasons to celebrate after some incredible results, culminating in both a sale and national breed record price, as an Ultrablack bull sold for $80,000.

Overall, all 186 lots sold for a 100 per cent clearance, sale average of $17,102 and gross of $3,181,000.

In a breakdown of the sale; 80 Charolais bulls sold to an average price of $16,613, topping at $50,000 twice, 57 Ultrablack bulls sold for an average of $18,412, reaching a top of $80,000, and 11 Brangus bulls sold to average $23,864, topping at $57,500.

In the yearling bulls; 16 Charolais sold for an average of $10,812, topping at $18,000, and 22 Ultrablacks averaged $16,682, reaching a top of $55,000.

Auctioneers Michael Smith, Brad Passfield and Colby Ede flew through the draft, selling around fifty bulls per hour, and the obvious buzz of excitement within the crowd as they found their seats maintained throughout the near four hours of selling.

The peak of the sale was reached when lot 114, Palgrove Sugar Ray, sold for $80,000 to Hewitt Cattle, Mudgee, New South Wales, surpassing the record $70,000 set at last year’s sale.

The 26-month-old son of Palgrove Patent, out of Palgrove Star, weighed in at 878 kilograms, EMA of 144 square centimetres, IMF of 6.7 per cent, scrotal circumference of 42 centimetres, and P8 and rib fat measurements of 14 and 11 millimetres, respectively.

Buyer Warren Miller, Hewitt Cattle Australia, said he had originally picked out the bull before his sale-topper, but after seeing him in the flesh, knew he was the right sire for their operation.

“We just loved his style, power, and absolute get up and growth – the muscling and fleshing right through him,” he said.

“He’s just a big, proud calf that moves well and he’ll make a good sire to go over our Ultrablack cows.”

Mr Miller said the sire would do well breeding bulls for their operation, including their properties near Alice Springs in the Northern Territory, whilst maintaining around 80pc Angus in the progeny.

Hewitt Cattle bought the Burenda Ultrablack herd two years ago and will join 1200 cows in their Ultrablack program this year.

Nutrien agent Colby Ede, buyer Warren Miller, Hewitt Cattle, and Ben Noller, Palgrove, with the $80,000 Palgrove Sugar Ray.


High prices were also seen early on in the sale, as lot 2, Palgrove Statement, was the first of the Charolais bulls to reach the top price of $50,000, selling to the Bode family of McKinlay.

The 25-month-old son of Palgrove Platinum, out of Palgrove Helena M629C, weighed 930kg, with a 140sq cm EMA, 5.5pc IMF, 42cm scrotal circumference, and P8 and rib fat measurements of 8 and 5mm, respectively.


Ben Noller and Elders agent Michael Smith with one of the top Charolais bulls, Palgrove Statement, who sold to the Bode family for $50,000.

Ben Noller and Elders agent Michael Smith with one of the top Charolais bulls, Palgrove Statement, who sold to the Bode family for $50,000.


The Bode family also secured the other Charolais sale-topper at lot 10, Palgrove Schooner, a 24-month-old son of Palgrove Naturalism, out of Palgrove Digna L339E.

He weighed 928kg, with an EMA of 150sq cm, IMF of 3.8pc, scrotal circumference of 43 centimetres, and P8 and rib fat measurements of 6 and 5mm, respectively,

Reaching a top price of $57,500 for the Brangus draft was lot 137, Palgrove Simply Dreaming, who was purchased by Parshot Pty Ltd, Anderleigh.

A 25-month-old son of DMR Investment, out of Castle Felicity N1383, the top Brangus sire weighed 850kg, with a 130sq cm EMA, 4.6pc IMF, 42cm scrotal, and P8 and rib fat measurements of 13 and 8mm, respectively.

Palgrove’s Ben Noller said he was very pleased with the result of their first Glen Wilga sale, noting the support from both long-term, returning clientele, and new customers.

“For us, it was a very solid result,” he said.

“It was very strong, across the board, and there was a big spread on the cattle too.

“I’m very grateful that people could still buy affordable bulls in the middle of the sale, but we also we had guys picking those cream of the crop bulls, for either stud or bull breeding programs.

“It’s a good one to get behind us with the amount of work that’s been done here over the last five months.”

There were a number of volume buyers who took home larger drafts, including Clermont outfit, TVF Pastoral, who secured ten bulls at an average price of $13,500 and the Arnaboldi family, Jericho, who outlaid an average of $22,500 for ten bulls.

  • Selling Agents: Elders, Nutrien, Hourn and Bishop, and George and Furnham, simulcast on AuctionsPlus.

By Clare Adcock

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