Grafton stud again outshines big brahman breeders at own game
THE little Grafton Brahman stud that continually beats the big Queensland studs at their own game has done it again.
Max and Colin Johnson's Jomanda Brahman stud has achieved top price in the red draft at the Melbourne Cup for breeders, the annual Rockhampton Brahman Week sale earlier this month.
"Rockhampton Brahman Week is the first week in October and the Cup is in the first week in November," Mr Johnson said.
"It's the outstanding sale of the year, there's nothing else that comes close."
The Johnson's Jomanda Brunswick 660 fetched $27,000, making it the top red bull sold during the week.
Max Johnson said the price for the bull was pleasing considering it was a volatile market with the sale average down at $5165.
The buyer, Andrew Dyer from Cresswick Alpha, plans to run Jomanda Brunswick 660 in his own herd, to breed herd bulls for his own use.
The Johnsons, who have posted high-priced averages at Rockhampton Brahman Week sales in past years, were doubly delighted with this sale, as it meant they topped the red draft for the first time from a bad draw.
"We were lot 840 out of 865," Mr Johnson said. "Being 25 from the end was a bad draw, so to achieve that sort of price, this must have been a bull people were looking for."
He said the sire, NCC Shogun, was a $50,000 bull in which he had a half share.
"He produces good beef and bone," Mr Johnson said.
"He's a good bull, well boned with good meat quality and an outstanding temperament."