12 August 2022

Stud stock specialist Anthony Ball has branded the inaugural NIOA & RL Pastoral Production Sale catalogue as being loaded with “something for everyone”.

More than 50 Santa Gertrudis bulls will go under the Elders auctioneer’s hammer on the first day of spring at the historic Talgai Homestead on Queensland’s Southern Downs where NIOA and RL Pastoral are joining forces for their first sale.

RL Pastoral is the home of Riverina Santa Gertrudis breeder Rob Sinnamon who has long been revered for the quality of his cattle while Allora-based NIOA is fast gaining a reputation for the depth of its elite genetics through its seedstock breeding focus.

“It’s a wonderful catalogue – it brings two high-quality studs together who are investing in the breed,” Mr Ball said.

“You can see that investment into the US and local genetics when you go and inspect those two studs… the females, the cow power, the pedigree and you look at the quality and consistency of the bull sale catalogue.

“There is something there for everyone: You’ve got homozygous poll cattle, cattle with tremendous weight for age and outcross pedigrees as well.

“It promises so much, it’s a very exciting draft of bulls and I just can’t wait to stand over them.”

The Atherton Tableland-based auctioneer was among the iconic pink-shirted Elders Stud Stock team making a return to the Brisbane Ekka for the first time since the COVID pandemic forced the cancellation of the 2020 and 2021 events.

About 1300 cattle were expected to attend the RNA event which is renowned for showcasing some of the best stud beef genetics in the world.

Mr Ball described the mood in the industry as extremely upbeat.

“There’s a lot of positivity (in the beef industry) out there at the moment,” he said. “With the return of good season conditions and the demand for Australian beef never stronger, now is the time to invest in progressive genetics.”

NIOA & RL Pastoral have catalogued 52 bulls (50 classified S), one heifer and three IVF flushes for the September 1 event.

Mr Sinnamon said the Ekka judging ring provided a glimpse of the blue-chip bloodlines on offer.

“We’ve got a couple of bulls as good as I have bred in my lifetime, and I have been in the Santa Gertrudis business for over fifty years and we have some of the best females in the industry. NIOA has done a great job over the last few years of assembling a good team of females,” he said.

Pre-sale inspections will be held at the Sinnamons’ property, “Mayfield”, Kyogle, on August 20 from 10am-3pm while NIOA welcomes inspections by appointment.

Cattle will be on display on sale day at Talgai Homestead from 9am with bidding to start from 2pm.

Elders and Ray White have been appointed on-site auction agents while those unable to attend the sale can make bids online with AuctionsPlus and Elite Livestock.

View the sale catalogue here:

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RL Pastoral’s Rob Sinnamon, right, chats with Elders stud stock specialist Anthony Ball at the Ekka.

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