AN opportunity to bid on a large number of Red Angus females and genetics attracted a big crowd of buyers from across Australia when the Liveringa Red Angus Stud herd was dispersed at Boyanup last week.
Prices reached $6500 for an unjoined donor cow, bought by a syndicate of three NSW based Red Angus studs.
All up there were 316 lots offered, comprising PTIC cows, donor cows, Angus recipients PTIC with Red Angus embryos, unjoined cows, yearling heifers, yearling bulls, embryos and semen.
An excellent clearance saw 311 of these lots sold under the hammer, with only a semen package passed in during the sale.
The sale grossed $350,040, and averaged $1126 overall.
Buyers from five states and territories operated at the sale, which was interfaced on AuctionsPlus, giving buyers in the east the opportunity to bid on the sale without having to leave their home states.
In total 18 people logged on to the AuctionsPlus system, with 42 lots in the sale sold on that system.
Elders auctioneer Dennis Roberts, who shared the duties on the day with Kim McDougall, Elders Breeding Services, said it was a good result overall.
"There were some good highlights throughout the sale, with the semen selling extremely well," he said.
"I think Red Angus breeders who didn't attend or buy missed an opportunity to get their hands on some new genetics."
A syndicate of three NSW based studs took advantage of the system to bid on and eventually secure the top price cow of the sale.
Kimberley R84, a big, square, deep and powerful matron of the breed, attracted huge interest prior to the sale.
And she didn't disappoint the crowd as she moved gracefully around the sale ring. Two local Red Angus studs were also keen to buy her, but eventually the syndicate of RRA Red Angus Stud, Bundanoon, NSW, Trevone Park Red Angus Stud, Menangle, NSW, and Triple M Red Angus Stud, Wagga Wagga, NSW, won out on the day.
The December 1996-drop R84 was described as a very productive donor cow.
On the last two occasions she has been flushed she returned 28 and 14 A-grade eggs.
R84 was sired by Mars Lone Wolf M37, out of Jillangolo Red H157, and was offered unjoined.
R84 scored +24 for 200 day weight, +43 for 400 day weight, +60 for 600 day weight and +9 for milk.
The $5400 second top price cow of the day was bought by Guy and Pat Jellicoe, Jutland Park Red Angus Stud, Keysbrook.
This cow, Kimberley Princess V75, was an August 2000-drop cow, and will go straight into a flushing program.
She was sired by Kallioota Super Man S3, out of Mars Princess N57, and was offered unjoined.
Mr Jellicoe said the cow's power, performance and structural soundness were the main reasons behind the purchase.
"She also represents a total outcross to our existing stud herd, which is a bonus," he said.
Bandeeka Red Angus Stud, Boyanup, snapped up the remaining two donor cows, paying $5200 for the rising 4yo Kimberley Lark W26, and $4200 for the rising 5yo Kimberley Thora V169.
Four donor cows were offered and sold at a $5325 average.
Bandeeka was a solid supporter of the sale throughout, collecting 46 lots in total, comprising of PTIC cows, donor cows, unjoined cows and semen and embryo lots.
The stud paid the top money of $2600 twice in the PTIC cow section, and took home 14 in total at an average of $1814.
Their top price purchases were paid for an October 2001-drop cow, Kimberley Chloe W28, which was sired by Oakleigh Park New Trend, and Kimberley Eleanor V81, an October 2000-drop cow by Red Tawriffic T502.
All up 70 PTIC cows were offered and sold for a gross of $115,000 and a $1643 average.
Others to buy in volume in this section included WR Carpenter Agriculture, who bought 14 to a top of $1600; Allan Jupp, Elders Perth, who bought 11 on behalf of clients; and Elders Alice Springs who, bidding on the AuctionsPlus system purchased seven to a $2500 top.
A line-up of 24 Angus recipients PTIC with Red Angus embryos were offered for a 100pc clearance under the hammer and a $1346 average.
The top price in this section was $3000, paid by Boyup Brook cattle producer Larry Sambell, for a 7yo Angus cow with an embryo, a Leachman King Rob 8621 and a Mars High Miss P81 combination.
Main buyers in this section included PL & JK Gelmi, Esperance, who bought eight to a $1300 top, while Phil Petricevich, Elders Pinjarra, bought four to a $1600 top.
Jutland Park Red Angus Stud was also active in this section, buying three to a top of $1700.
In the unjoined cow section, prices averaged $1223 for the 43 lots sold under the hammer.
The top price of $4000 was paid by GG & RP Muir, Manjimup, for Kimberley Zoe, a April 1997-drop cow sired by Mars Firechief P87.
The second top price of $3700 was paid by HA, SA and WR McCartney, Marlborough, Queensland, who bought Kimberley Enchantress S16, an April 1997-drop cow. Enchantress was sired by Leachman Robin Hood and out of Kimberley Red Enchantress Q6.
Volume buyers in this section of the catalogue included Allan Jupp, Elders Perth, who bought 12 lots to an $1100 top, while Chadwick Downs Cattle Company, Coonabarabran, NSW, took home 10 lots to a top of $1500.
Others to buy in this section included Larry Sambell, who bought four to a $1600 top, and B & K McCullagh, Cowaramup, who bought three to a $900 top.
Red Angus yearling heifers proved popular with the buyers, with 28 offered and sold for a $1468 average.
These topped at $1900, paid three times by Kelly Patterson, Jenderwarra Red Angus stud, Wagin.
This pen of heifers comprised one sired by Oakleigh Park Chief S11, and two by IBR Red Prince V529.
Another to pay at the higher end of the scale was GG & RP Muir, Manjimup, who bought three heifers for $1600 each.
These were all September 2003-drop heifers, with one sired by Kimberley Swiftly V24, one by IBR Red Prince V529, and one by Oakleigh Park Stryker U53.
Elders Alice Springs was also active, and buying through AuctionsPlus they took home seven heifers to a $1300 top.
30 yearling bulls were offered at the sale and these all sold under the hammer to a top of $3800, paid three times, and an average of $1570.
Top price buyers here included Allan Jupp, Elders Perth, who bought Liveringa Y2, a Kimberley Swiftly V42 son, and WR Carpenter Agriculture, who bought Liveringa Y9 and Liveringa Y12.
WR Carpenter bought 11 bulls in total, including the second top price yearling bull, Liveringa Y1, a son of Oakleigh Park Stryker U53, which made $3000.
Elders Alice Springs was again prominent, buying 13 yearling bulls in total to a top of $1300.
The embryos proved popular on the day with 37 offered and sold.
Top price of $650 was paid by Elders Breeding Services, Brisbane, on the AuctionsPlus system.
This was for a single embryo from the Bieber Dsign 1325-082 (USA) and Red Manor House Enchantress 1Y (IMP CAN) combination.
16 embryos in total were bought on AuctionsPlus, while Allan Jupp and Bandeeka stud each bought ten each.
Semen sales surprised everyone with a top of $1050 paid.
The semen was sold per straw and Larry Sambell, Boyup Brook, was the top price buyer purchasing two straws of Leachman King Rob 8621 semen.
Allan Jupp paid $1000 for 10 straws of Leachman Robin Hood 1174B semen, while a NSW buyer paid $490 for five straws of Red Brylor New Trend 22D semen on the AuctionsPlus system.