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Wolfang reduction sale totals $493,500

Wolfang Droughtmasters : 142 females sold, $3475 average, Top $11,000

Queensland Country LifeReported by:
Julie Sheehan

Sasha Smith, Sakensha Droughtmasters, Gogango with her top price purchase Wolfang Ilisa and bull calf.


The Wolfang genetics spread throughout Queensland with many new & existing stud breeders keen to source the Edwards family’s cattle at the recent reduction sale at Gracemere.


142 females grossed $493,500 to average $3,475 and a stud sire sold for $8,500. Wolfang Ilisa a polled female topped the sale early at $11,000 selling to Sasha Smith, Sakensha Droughtmasters, Gogango.


Sasha was particularly impressed with Ilisa’s five month old bull calf by Locarno Indy. The poll calf ticked all the boxes for Sasha and demonstrated clearly the attributes Sasha was looking for in a productive female as his mother.


Second top price of $7,500 was reached twice, with both being secured by Paul & Lisa Laycock,  High Country Droughtmasters, Eskdale. Wolfang 11360 with a heifer calf at foot by Redskin Genesis was the first to reach the high while Wolfang 1270 a polled cow with a bull calf at foot by Wolfang Tru-Man was next.


Droughtmaster stud breeders looking to expand their genetic pool with long standing genetics were definitely the winners on the day with many able to secure quality animals to add to their herds. Five Ridge Beef, Woolooga put together a line of 37 females, while Liz & Bob Nichols, Kilkenny Droughtmasters, Commissioners Flat took home 23.


Liz & Bob Nichols said  that they we were spreading their genetics and came to the Wolfang sale as “a stud that big and that good we knew there would be something to suit”. They said it was an opportunity to secure females that would fit into their business and knew from the number of cattle on offer it made the trip worthwhile.

Ridgie Didge Droughtmasters selected 18 in total to take home to the Goomeri district. The McConnel Family, Mt Brisbane Pastoral Co, Mt Brisbane, Esk were repeat buyers of Wolfang genetics taking eight back to the Brisbane Valley area.


The McConnels run approximately 500 breeders just near the Wivenhoe Dam and market their cattle through JBS Dinmore. The McConnels have been exhibiting prime cattle through the Agricultural Shows for many years and continue to have success in this area with their Droughtmasters.  Donald McConnel said they were hoping to secure females with bull calves at foot to keep as future sires in their herds to enable the climatisation of the bulls from a young age. The McConnels have purchased Wolfang bulls previously and were very impressed with the adaptability of the cattle to their country and the quality of calves produced. Mr McConnel said that “Wolfang bulls have been their most successful sire purchases to date.” Wolfang females found new homes in nearly all corners of the state.


Agents: Savage Barker & Backhouse, Rockhampton & Landmark




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