Black Diamond 110B Protestor P253 topped the Scone Speckle Park Invitational Multi Vendor Sale. Top priced heifer, Black Diamond 110B Protestor P253 was awarded Champion Female of the sale prior to the auction and was purchased by Te Mooi Speckle Park Stud, Benalla for $17,500.
Females were in demand as new and current breeders continue to have confidence in this rapidly growing breed of cattle.
The Van der Drift Family from Macorna was very happy with the results from the sale, having their six heifers sell for an average of $11,833. Black Diamond Speckle Park Stud also sold five bulls to a top of $8000 and an average of $5400.
Their top priced bull, Black Diamond K08 North Pole N81 sold to Minnamurra Speckle Park Stud, Coolah.
Genetic packages offered by Black Diamond Speckle Park had strong demand and also sold well.
Murray Van der Drift said, "In these challenging seasonal conditions, we had a full clearance of our 18 lots offered and they sold to four different states which was great".
Black Diamond Speckle Park Stud also greatly supported the Scone Speckle Park Youth Camp, run in conjunction with the sale, allowing more than 10 of the junior participants to handle and parade their animals.
"The youth camp was again a huge success. The vendors of the sale cattle allowed the youth participants a chance to interact with their cattle and feel like they were part of the sale."
The Speckle Park Youth Camp was run for the two days prior to the sale, where 50+ participants, ranging in age from 9-22 years, attended seminars, learning about animal husbandry, feeding, handling and judging. The participants were then judged on their ability to prepare, handle and parade their animals in front of the crowd.
The participants also competed as junior judges. Judging three groups of cattle on display and then giving an oral presentation to the crowd on the positive attributes of the animals.
Mr Van der Drift commented that he was "excited by the interest and passion shown by these young participants and having them work alongside our animals for the three days was very rewarding".
Three of the participants from last years camp have become part of our show handlers team for our cattle, which shows the success of the youth program".