BELMORE Shorthorn stud hit new heights&nbsp;at its annual fourth annual&nbsp;sale on Thursday last week, with an outstanding soft roan bull making $42,000. It was the third highest price&nbsp;paid for a bull in SA for the season,&nbsp;reinforcing&nbsp;the Shorthorn breed’s resurgence with breeders, feedlotters and backgrounders. Vendors Andy and Sally Withers, and Ali and Anton Volker’s previous best price was &nbsp;$27,000. The huge crowd at the Stoney Point sale complex, near Naracoorte, witnessed something special when Lot 9, Belmore Oregon L35,&nbsp;entered the ring. The heifer’s first calf was recognised as a top prospect by several high profile studs. Neilson,&nbsp;Sue and Nicholas Job, Royalla Shorthorns, Yeoval, NSW became the new owners , phone bidding through fellow Shorthorn breeder Scott McKay, Marschay stud, Creswick, Vic. Nicholas described the 24-month-old as “the best bull they had seen in a few years”, after inspecting him a few weeks earlier at Belmore. It weighed 884 kilograms and&nbsp;had an eye muscle area of 134 square centimetres. “It&nbsp;is extremely well balanced with beautiful hair and skin and such a soft muscle pattern,” he said. “For a bull with that much power it also has a really good birth weight at 35 kilograms.” Oregon L35&nbsp;was among the first drop of calves from Windsor Northern Cedar. Nine of 11 Cedar sons sold for a&nbsp;$11,000 average. Mr Withers said it was a “terrific result”, with Oregon epitomising&nbsp;what they were aiming to breed. It&nbsp;had a&nbsp;double cross of The Grove Kookaburra, a bull which has had a huge impact on Belmore’s herd and was from a particularly strong maternal line. “It is such a beautifully balanced bull, so free moving and the right maturity pattern we are aiming for,” he said. Underbidders on the sale topper, the Brook family, Eloora stud, Cavendish bought Bayview&nbsp;Windsor L102 for $12,000 from guest vendors Chris, Anissa, Kevin and Pam Thompson, Yorketown. The 19 month-old was sired by Ronelle Park Hurricane. Belmore&nbsp;along with&nbsp;guest vendors Bayview stud, Yorketown and Carlton stud, Hahndorf&nbsp;sold 37 of 42 bulls for a&nbsp;$8432 average. This was&nbsp;up nearly $2500 on 2016. Bayview’s six&nbsp;bulls averaged $10,500&nbsp;and included the sale’s $14,000 second highest price. &nbsp;Bayview Travis L53,&nbsp;a Ronelle Park Hurricane son&nbsp;sold to Steve and Amanda Barlow, Toogimbie stud, Mathoura, NSW. The 943 kilogram bull was used in the Bayview stud last spring. The Barlows also paid the $13,000 top price at Belmore’s&nbsp;2016 sale. John and Lyn Nitschke, Carlton stud, Hahndorf, received $6000 and $8000 for their two bulls. Phil Reid, Newenham Pty Ltd, Strathalbyn, was the volume buyer securing six bulls for a $5500 average. The Greenfield family, Billa Kalina Station via Woomera, bought four bulls for a $8250 average. Belmore also offered five&nbsp;buyers choice lots, comprising&nbsp;unmated heifers which were matched on phenotype and estimated breeding values. Terra and Terralea stud, Dubbo, NSW, paid $5500 for two impressive daughters of Belmore Quantur G193. Landmark stud stock auctioneer Gordon Wood said it was an “amazing result” and great for the Shorthorn breed to see such a strong turn out. “They (Buyers) recognised the quality in those top end bulls, ensuring they realised their value,” he said. Landmark and Elders were joint selling agents.