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2017 Supplementary Sheet

2017 Benelkay Supplementary Sheet

Benelkay Santas Tops at $18,000



Lot 7 Benelkay Kruzer K044 (P)


Lot 27 Benelkay Kalahari K120

Strong commercial support for Santa Gertrudis Bulls rewarded Andrew and Jules Orman, on a very wet day at the annual Benelkay Santa Gertrudis on property sale at “Glenmore” Mullaley. The buyers were loyal, bidding strongly to the last bull, in driving rainy conditions, to post a solid top of $18,000 and an average of $7,375.

Of the 49 bulls offered by stud principals Andrew and Jules Orman, 44 sold through the ring to post a 90 percent clearance on the day. Commercial competition for the bulls was strong with many commercial buyers out bidding studs to secure their bulls. Bulls went into QLD, the states North West, The Hunter Valley, Central West and Western NSW.

Genetics from the Studs newest sire Bullamakinka H82 (P) were keenly sought after, with 18 of his sons averaging $8,111 as well as lot 27 who topped the sale draft. This top son, Benelkay Kalahari K120, at 22 months, sold to repeat stud clients Andrew and Angela Doering Spring Creek Santa Stud, Crooble. He weighed in at 798 kilograms, had a scrotal size of 39 centimetres, measured 15mm and 9mm on the rib and rump, and had and EMA of 121 square centimetres and intramuscular fat IMF of 4.6pc. Kalahari had strong Breedplan EBVs of +13,+20, and +27 for his growth figures as well as positive rib and rump fat figures.

Kalahari, as well as Benelkay Keenan K058 (P) who was also purchased for $10,000 on the day by the Doerings, will be used in the stud herd of 350 breeders. Both bulls stood out to Mr Doering at an inspection prior to the sale.

“Kalahari is a very well balanced bull and stood up like he was at the EKKA,” Mr Doering said. “He has excellent weight for age and growth and has an overall striking sire appeal about him. He’s a bull with a lot of presence, he is the complete package.” “We purchased a Benelkay bull last year and we’ve been extremely impressed with how he has performed for us,” Mr Doering said.

Repeat buyer, Nugget Carter and family, Birrimba Santa Stud Nyngan, brought the 22 month old Benelkay Kruzer K044 (P), also by Bullamakinka H82(P) for $17,000. The 800kg bull, from the Benelkay studs reliable E43(P) cow line, measured 40cm, in the scrotum, 12mm and 10mm for his rib and rump fat, an had an EMA of 115 square centimetres, and 4.7pc IMF. He was in the top 5% of the Santa Gertrudis breed for his 200,400,600 day Growth, Mature Cow, Scrotal Size and top 10% for Domestic and Export Indexes and top 15% for his EMA EBVs. “He was a sire we just could not leave behind, and we were prepared to pay quite a lot more if we had to” Mr Carter said.

Craig Hindle, Bullamakinka Santa Gertrudis Stud, showed his faith in his own genetics, purchasing Lot 5, for $10,000 Benelkay Kingston K084 (P), who was sired by Bullamakinka Dreamtime (P). Craig had lost the Dreamtime line within his own stud cow line due to drought and was excited to be able to secure such a quality son to replace the genetics.

Grahame Thibault trading as G and G Farming set the pace securing lot 2, for $10,000, Benelkay Kickabull K026 (P), five other bulls made the same money , with one bull to James Wipple Bundella for $9,500 then a further five bulls at $9,000. Volume buyers Dough and Christine Andrews, “Messines”, Warren, took home four bulls, topping at $8,500 and averaging $7,250. New buyer “Old Bundilla”, Pastoral Co, Warren, bought four bulls for a top of $8,000 to average  $5,875.

James Wipple Bundella, John Tyms Baradine, Rod and Jan White and Cam Roundtree  Walgett, Keen Partnership Boggabilla, the Carberry family Narrabri, David and Hanna Russ Warren, Owen Wallace Sandy Hollow, each purchasing  two or more bulls.

Andrew Orman said “buyers were chasing big, dark heavy weight poll bulls with that extra power in them. Bulls that will stand up out in the cows, not cattle that have been pampered”

“I think the fact that our policy of morphology testing our bulls and standing behind our product gives people every confidence in our breeding direction and genetics. Out of the majority of the buyers, all but three, were repeat buyers so obviously people are getting good results out of our bulls.”

The sale was conducted by Nick Hannaford Manager Elders Gunnedah, Brian Kennedy Elders Stud Stock Armidale and Elders Qld Stud Stock Auctioneer Michael Smith.

Sale Highlights


Benelkay Kalahari

Benelkay Jaw Dropper (P) Lot 3

Benelkay Jaw Dropper (P)

Lot 5 Benelkay Hendrix H100 (P)

Benelkay Hendrix (P)

Sale Day 2013 095

Benelkay Genset (P)

 2016  Benelkay Sale: 44, Bulls sold to a top of $18,000 with an average of $7,375. Top price was for Benelkay Kalahari who sold to Andrew and Angela Doering of Spring “Creek Stud” Crooble NSW. Second top price was Benelkay Kruzer (P) making $17,000 and going to Nugget Carter and family of “Barrimba Stud” Nyngan NSW. 2015 Benelkay Sale: 39, Bulls averaged $7,384, with a top of $16,000 for Benelkay Jaw Dropper (P) selling to Chris & Elisa Fox “Cooinda Stud” Proston Qld, our second top price was Benelkay Judge (P) selling for $14,000 to Ben & Amanda Adams “Dangarfield Stud” Taroom Qld, third top price of $13,000 was Benelkay Jumbo Jim (P) to Baillieu and Sarah Myer’s “Yulgilbar Stud” Baryulgil NSW. 2014 Benelkay/Fishington Sale: 21 Bulls sold for an average of $3,714 with a top of $8,000 for Benelkay Hendrix (P) to Bill Redden Purlewaugh, second top price was $5,000 twice for Benelkay Hercules (P) to Shaun & Jo McGuigan “Cree Santa Stud” Thangool Qld and Benelkay Hillbilly (P) to Peter & Mandy Lintern “Seymorevale Santa Stud” S.A. 2013 Benelkay/Fishington Sale: 26 Bulls sold to a healthy average of $5,813.  Top price of $18,000 was paid by Morton and Francess Rolfe’s “Hardigreen Park “Stud, Wallabadah for, Benelkay Genset (P).  Second top price was $12,000 for Benelkay Gunsynd (P) purchased by Shaun & Jo McGuigan “Cree Santa Stud” Thangool Qld.

Benelkay Firestone (P)

Benelkay Firestone (P)

Benelkay Eragon (P)

Benelkay Eragon (P)

Benelkay Lifeline (P)

Benelkay Lifeline (P)

Benelkay Kluger (P)

Benelkay Kluger (P)

2012 Inaugural Benelkay/Fishington Sale: 28 Bulls averaged $6,321, with a top of $34,000 for Benelkay Firestone (P) to Rick and Alice Greenup’s “Greenup/Eidsvold Station Studs” Cardowan/Eidsvold Qld and a second top price of $26,000 for Benelkay Futurama (P) to the MacCue family “Tookey Creek/Jarah Park” Studs Bellata NSW. 2011 Watasanta Sale: Benelkay topping this sale for the third year in a row, where 21 Bulls averaged $6595.24, with a top of $32,000 for Benelkay Eragon (P) selling to Moreton and Frances Rolfe’s “Hardigreen Park” Stud Tamworth NSW and a second top of $16,000 for Benelkay Entertainer (P) to Jock Cunningham’s “Hallcraig Santa’s” Stud Tenterfield NSW. 2010 Watasanta Sale: Benelkay once again topping this sale where  21, Bulls averaged $5,740,with a top of $26,000 for Benelkay Lifeline (P) selling to David & Grahame Greenup “Rosevale Stud” Jandowae QLD, our second top price bull was Benelkay Lomu (P) sold to Ian Walker “Strathmore“ Santa Gertrudis Stud QLD for $11,500. 2009 Watasanta Inaugural Sale: Benelkay topping this sale where 19, Bulls averaged $5,815, with a top of $17,500 for Benelkay Kluger (P) sold to David & Grahame Greenup” Rosevale Stud” Jandowae QLD, second top price bull Benelkay Kearns (P) sold for $17,000 to John Hanson” Derrawee” Weetaliba.

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