Story and photo by Lucy Kinbacher, Qld Country Life

He may have only been 19 months of age but that didn’t stop a Simmental bull from Scott and Claire York, Billa Park and Casa Toro studs, Jackson, living up to his name and making a ‘Maximum Impact’ at the Roma Simmental and Simbrah Sale on the 9th September.

The York family were joined by fellow vendors Bevan Johnston, Bareen, Kingaroy and Lloyd and Wendy Fairbairn, Fairhaven, Kingaroy, who offered a total of 80 bulls at the Roma selling complex, with an average of $7300.

It was the polled show bull named Billa Park Maximum Impact M169 who created a stir in the buyer’s gallery before eventually selling for a top of $26,000 to Andrew Moore and Karen Britton, Lucrana Simmentals, Texas.

Maximum Impact weighed in at 840 kilograms with an eye muscle area of 124 square cm, rump and rib fat scores of 11/8 and a scrotal circumference of 40cm.

He was one of the sons to be sold by Billa Park High Impact H186, the reserve champion senior Simmental bull a the Royal Queensland Show in 2014, and was originally intended to be retained as a stud sire particularly due to his completeness and balance.

But after Scott and Claire York purchased a bull at an on-property sale earlier this year they decided Maximum Impact, who had been a standout since a calf, would be a valuable gain for another buyer.

“It is very sad to see him go,” Mr York said.

“As soon as we saw him born we said, ‘He is going to be our stud sire’.

“But when we brought a bull this year, we didn’t have room for both of them.”

The goodbyes were made just a little easier knowing Maximum Impact was heading to the stud herd of Andrew Moore and Karen Britton.

The pair have 250 stud breeders on their 2028 hectare property, selling bulls through an on-property sale and privately, while their commercial operation consists of trading steers.

Mr Moore said it was the first time they had purchased a bull from the York family after coming across Maximum Impact at the Royal Queensland Show.

“We were just looking for a new poll stud sire,” he said.

“(We were drawn to) his carcass attributes and his temperament.”​

Individually, the Billa Park and Casa Toro draft saw 52 of the 61 bulls sell for an 85 per cent clearance and an average of $6377.

Mr York said the sale results were reflective of the current conditions and thanked the support of repeat buyers, both stud and commercial operators.

He said it meant the market was open to a larger range of buyers this year.

Second top price bull on the day was lot one, Billa Park Lock ‘n’ Load L159, another polled son of Billa Park High Impact H186, and was purchased by the Johnston family, Navillus Park Simmentals, Obi Obi.

The 22-month-old weighed 800 kilograms with an eye muscle area of 145 square cm, rump and rib fat scores of 11/8 and a scrotal circumference of 42cm.

Top priced Simbrah bull was Billa Park L101 selling for $10,000 to Mary Brown, Benalla, Roma.

Bulk buyers on the day were Lochinvar Cattle Company, Augathella who purchased four bulls averaging $5250.

Selling agents: GDL and Elders