NIOA RL Pastoral Sale catalogue offers class, quality and value

28 August 2023

A selection of market-leading genetics offering outstanding value for money awaits Santa Gertrudis aficionados at this year’s NIOA RL Pastoral Sale.

NIOA Santa Gertrudis and RL Pastoral have catalogued 73 lots, including 63 bulls (53 poll) and 10 classified stud heifers (all poll) for their annual sale at Talgai Homestead on Queensland’s Southern Downs.

It’s the second time the two studs have come together after last year's record-breaking inaugural joint venture when more than $800,000 worth of cattle changed hands including $160,000 for Riverina Roland Sanchez which at the time was a new Australian benchmark.

Sale manager, RL Pastoral’s Rob Sinnamon, said he was “humbled” by the 2022 result with an average price of $16,687 - but was equally excited about the expanded lineup this year which he described as “a set of cattle representing 11 sire lines not seen elsewhere in the one location this season”.

“The physical improvement across the sale offering this year sees more growth and performance,” the stalwart of 34 santa production sales said.

“Strong, robust sires, tropical skin types, great Santa Gertrudis breed character, increased testicle size while retaining optimum carcass characteristics are all features of this year’s draft.

“True stud sire prospects and commercially relevant herd sires are featured throughout the catalogue.

“It’s the greatest opportunity bull buyers have had in a few years to shop well and secure additional sire power at very affordable values.”

RL’s current sire power boasts the best of recent North American bloodlines and proven bloodlines from iconic Australian studs with sons by the legendary Cardona Patterson P53, Red Doc Never Better (P) (USA), Yulgilbar Platinum (P270) (PP) and Yulgilbar Major General M78 (PP) among the Sinnamons’ key sale bulls.

“We’ve got more growth, more testicular development than we have seen before and I love the softness in the bulls we’ve got in some of the bloodlines this year,” said Mr Sinnamon who rated the Riverina draft as his best yet.

The NIOA stud’s mantra is “Breeding Champions”, and this year’s 24-strong draft includes sons by Wave Hill Jager (P), Tookey Creek N24 (P) and NIOA Quarterback Q3.

But it’s Lot 3, NIOA Texas T08 (AI) (P) - the son of Rosevale Democrat G268 (P) – that NIOA Pastoral Co. General Manager Shannon Gardner rates as the best bull the Allora-based stud has produced from its selective breeding program.

“He’s our feature bull this year,” Mr Gardner said. “He’s got all the true-to-type traits you want in a future sire prospect – reproductive, functionality, balance, muscle…and if easy going temperament is what you are looking for, this bull is a pleasure to have around.”

Cattle will be on display on sale day at Talgai Homestead from 9am on Monday, September 18 with bidding to start from noon.

Elders and Ray White have been appointed sale agents while Auctions Plus will host the event online.

NIOA Pastoral NIOARL catalogue pic

NIOA Texas, with handler Sam Falls at the recent Brisbane Ekka after winning his class, is among the standout bulls in the NIOA RL Pastoral Sale on September 18 at Talgai Homestead.

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