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18 May, 2020

Royalla Shorthorn sales roll on

BRIGHT SKIES, social distancing, restricted travel, and a change in location didn’t stop the Royalla Shorthorn sales from occurring this year, attracting regular clients to the annual auction both in person and online on Friday, May 8.

By Hamish Hart

Bulls on parade... Elders auctioneers and online streaming were the mainstay of this year’s Royalla Shorthorn Sales.

The auction’s venue and date were moved forward one week due to the Longreach Show’s cancellation, with the sales now emanating from the Longreach Saleyards.

Elders Stud Stock Specialist, Andrew Meara, said bull bids were also accepted online thanks to Stocklive, an online auction service designed to support the regional saleyard industry It was a first for the Royalla Shorthorn sales.

“We had good support through Stocklive,” Mr Meara said. “They were operating with a fair few viewers online, with the Sheehan family in Trinidad Station at Quilpie taking home a few bulls.”

The Royalla Shorthorn Stud is at Yeoval in central western New South Wales, and is run by Nicholas Job and his parents, Neilson and Sue.

Part of Royalla was initially purchased by Sue’s family in 1899 and now consists of 7800 acres, ranging from heavy red loam flats to rocky granite hills with a 200 metre difference in elevation.

Despite coronavirus restrictions causing a decreased attendance, Mr Meara said the auction was a success, recording a sale average of more than $7000, with a 784 and 734 kilogram Royalla selling for $20,000 and $19,000 respectively.

“It was a very successful afternoon,” Mr Meara said. “We sold 16 out of 19 bulls and recorded a great average.

“Top price was $20,000 from lot one, which went to Keogh, Wirth, and Pedley, three local buyers here in Longreach who come and support us every year. We also had great support from the Appleton Company from Alpha who took several lots home.”

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