Northern herds "in good shape"

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Total bull numbers are only slightly down for the ninth annual WALSA Invitational Bos Indicus Bull Sale in Broome on August 15.

Landmark and Elders have catalogued 83 Brahman bulls, 14 fewer than last year.

Landmark's Andrew Stewart said bull numbers would be slightly back due to concern for live export quotas to Indonesia.

"The Indo trade is the bread and butter for many of the producers who support the sale," Mr Stewart said.

"At the moment, the industry lacks direction which might have a reflection on prices at the bull sale."

Mr Stewart said the northern cattle herds were in good shape and breeders should continue looking after their programs with an injection of new bulls.

"We encourage all the traditional buyers back to the Broome bull sale this year," he said.

Landmark auctioneer John Wirth said the bulls suited the State's pastoral producers.

"All bulls are bred under WA conditions," he said. "Breeders are getting good prices for old bulls and I encourage producers to restock younger bulls in exchange for older sires."

Seven studs will be at the sale, including Southern Cross-based Charlesville which is offering 27 bulls.

Canterbury, of New Norcia, will offer 49, along with its associated studs, including Catoby (four bulls), Ryvoan (three), Myaree (one) and Condamine/Kindillan (12).

Birrahlee stud, of Williams, will offer seven red bulls.

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