IT was a thick, square Red Angus bull from the Wilson Downs stud, who stole the show at this year's Farm Weekly-WALSA WA Supreme Bull Sale when he was knocked down for $14,800.
The magnificent rich, red Wilson Downs Red Rancho V34, topped the sale and impressed with his length, depth, softness and not forgetting his docile temperament as he moved around the Alan Evans selling complex at Brunswick last Thursday.
With all the makings of a top class stud sire it was easy to understand why the bids came thick and fast when bidding started at $5000, however in the end it was the Royce family's Howartharra Red Angus stud, who were the successful bidders after a few anxious moments, before Wesfarmers Landmark auctioneer John Wirth finally knocked the bull down.
The losing bidder on the bull after a spirited bidding effort from the very beginning was commercial producer Brian Lester, Manypeaks.
The three-year-old bull, sired by Canadian sire Red Ter-Ron Rancher 89H, was the only bull sent in by the Wilson Downs principals John, Beth and Bruce Mckay and had the impressive growth EBVs of +41, +66 and +86 for 200, 400 and 600 day growth, placing him in the top 5pc of the breed.
Red Rancho will be used extensively in the Howatharra Red Angus stud over elite Howatharra cows to breed replacement stud bulls and heifers.
Howatharra stud principal Trevor Royce said he picked Rancho for his impeccable breeding, especially on his dam's side.
"Rancho was out of MT. Hunter Red Mildred Q22 and was sired by Red Ter-Ron Rancher 89H," Trevor said.
The $14,800 top price, which was $4800 more than last year was just one of many highlights at this year's sale where another two bulls sold for $10,000 or more including an Avondell Murray Grey for $13,800 and Yallaroo Hereford for $10,000.
All up 114 out of 155 bulls sold under the hammer to gross an impressive $440,900, up $68,500 on last year and average a healthy $3868.
Compared with last year the clearance rate of 73pc was up 15pc, which put a smile on agent's faces.
However, the result was made even more pleasing for agents and vendors with a number of passed in lots being sold quickly after the sale.
Wesfarmers Landmark auctioneer John Worth kicked off the sale this year, with the Blonde d'Aquiataine breed the first to enter the ring.
The top price in this category was $2600 for Brian Schneider's well muscled, quiet Corolin Wardall.
With his terrific muscle pattern and good butt profile Wardall impressed Mark Howlihan, Kenwick.
Mr Schneider was the only vendor to offer bulls in this breed and sold a second bull for Corolin Winston, for $2000, to TV & RE Hughs, Donnybrook.
Allan and Bev Mountford's two Ungava South Devons topped at $2400, with PR & LR Coles, Wagin, the buyer of the soft, well muscled Ungava Welcome.
The other Ungava bull sold for $2200 to Wesfarmers Landmark Bridgetown agent Jaime Abbs.
Elders Breeding Services auctioneer Kim McDougall got his first opportunity in the sale, when the first Murray Grey bull and the Avondell team leader entered the ring, and he didn't let the opportunity pass him by.
Bidding on the outstanding Avondell Rembrandt (AI ET) came in a flurry before it finally peaked at $13,800, when the very square and correct sire was knocked down to John Burridge, Beverley.
Rembrandt sired by Orcadia Park Manhattan M82 and out of Orcadia Park Suzie M17 had a terrific topline and showed excellent balance, volume and muscling as he paraded around the ring.
Rembrandt had growth EBVs of +19,+28 and +42 for 200, 400 and 600 day growth, which were all well above the breed averages.
This was the only the beginning of what was a very good sale for Ron and Lorraine Rinaldi's Beverley based stud, they sold another bull, a heifer's 1st calf, with excellent muscling and temperament for $7200 to the Moore family, Blackwood Murray Grey stud, Boyup Brook.
Top price for Charlene Giglia's Byford Park bulls was $5800, with JC & ST Sharpe, Esperance, the successful bidder on the Bennooka Park Don sired bull, Byford Park Wexdon, who had excellent muscling and a large eye muscle area, while J & M Hill, Salmon Gums, bought the second Byford Park bull after the sale for $4000.
Viv and Trevor Giles offered and sold three of their Willawa Greys, their top price was $2800 twice. The first was for Willawa Greys Whiz, who was knocked down to Elders Capel agent Robert Gibbings and second time was for Willawa Greys Wes, a July drop calf, bought by NFR Pty Ltd, Claremont.
New comers to the sale this year Leith and Allyson Rhodes, Lana Downs stud, offered and sold two bulls to a top of $3200. The smooth, long bull Lana Downs Waratah sired by Newfields Masterpiece was bought by Bruce McCosh, account Elders Geraldton, at this price.
It was excellent day out for the Murray Grey breed with the nine bulls selling under the hammer at an average of $5155.
The smooth and polled Mowag Winston sent in by the Morawa Agricultural College - WA, topped this section of the sale when he was bought by DR & HA Moffat & Son, Geraldton, for $4000. Winston was sired by Wattle Creek Aaron and had growth EBVs of +15, +25 and +24 for 200, 400 and 600 day growth.
The college sold another two bulls at the sale for $2400 to Elders Donnybrook agent Paul Reilly and $2000 to BR & RL Divalsi, Applecross.
Donnybrook producers GD Sharp & Son, secured the top price Glendale bull, the 852kg polled Glendale Wizard, for $2600, while Glendale's second bull sold for $2500 to K& M Hough, Australind.
The Angus breed again had a strong following with 19 bulls selling under the hammer from seven studs at an average of $3131 and to a top of $5000 three times.
The Blue Ribbon stud was the first to achieve the magical $5000 figure selling their first bull, Blue Ribbon Wakefield W9, at this mark. The 865kg Wakefield was bought by P & J Michael, Bolgart.
Blue Ribbon Wirrapunda W14 made it a quinella for the Petricevich family, when he was also knocked down for $5000, to Elders Pinjarra. The 826kg Wirranpunda W14 was sired by Blackrock T84 and had growth figures of +33, +61 and +80 for 200, 400 and 600 day growth.
Kim and Archie Buller's Bangadang Angus bulls made an impact on buyers when they also hit the $5000 mark for Bangadang Western W7.
The 880kg well built Western, sired by Te Mania Royal R213, was bought by Benny Lionetti Trading, Narrikup.
Bangadang Waldorf W44, bought good money for the Donnybrook based stud as well when buyer Alexander Walker, Busselton, paid $4000, for the 780kg bull.
Egerton sold two quality Angus sires at the sale to Atlas Farms, Calingiri, for $3200 and $2000. The Calingiri based operation paid the top dollar for Egerton W56 an 832kg bull sired by RP 3rd Bushwaker.
Callanish Grazing, Donnybrook, offered and sold two Callanish EXT W2 and Callanish Widespread W19 for $3200 to RB McNabb & Co, Donnybrook and IJ Depiazzi & Son, Dardanup, respectively.
Geoff Dawe offering bulls for the first time in the sale sold his very well muscled Thologlong Walwa W2, for $2500 to Benny Lionetti Trading, Narrikup.
The Dunnet family's Flybrook stud, offered and sold four bulls in the sale to a top of $2200 to Dudinalup Pastoral Co, Nannup, while Prestvale Mr Wilga W4 offered by the Underdown family made $2000, when he was bought by P & Y Busquest.
Leading the charge here was the McKay family's $14,800 sale topper Wilson Downs Red RanchoV34, but there were some other good prices, too. Overall the Red Angus breed performance was firm with eight bulls selling under the hammer at an average of $4875.
The second best price in this section was $6200, paid for Guy and Pat Jellicoe's 2002 Perth Royal show junior champion bull Jutland Woma W9. The sire with an excellent temperament and growth rates was bought the day's losing top price bidder Brian Lester, Manypeaks.
It was good day for the Jellicoes who sold a second bull Jutland Warwick, for $5000 to Monanil Enterprises, North Dandalup.
Glendale's sole nomination in the Red Angus section of the sale Glendale Red Warrior, a bull with good depth and muscling was bought by Phil Petricevich, Elders Pinjarra, for $2500.
Alf Lorkiewicz's well muscled sire, White Valley Wiggle, by the well sought after sire Red Leachman Grand Canyon, fetched $2000 and was bought by FW & MA Harris, Waroona.
While first time sellers in the sale Tony and Ann Saw sold their only bull Margaret River Red Woden for $2000, to John Cranston, Belmont.
Clem Keeffe's Jenora Poll Hereford stud again this year dominated this section of the sale, when it topped this category with a price of $6600.
It was the big upstanding dark red and white bull Jenora Wayville that attracted the top dollar of Ted Johnson, EF & MC Johnson & Son, Esperance.
The Tenindewa based stud sold a second bull for $6400, Jenora Wallace, to Graeme Smith, Kildara Poll Hereford stud, Albany, to help them finish with an average of $4600 for their five bulls sold.
The Bateman family sold three Jeneastbury bulls to a $5600 top, with Bob Treasure, RE & OM Treasure, Wandering, buying the well muscled, barrelly Jeaneastbury Wrangler W65.
John Lynn's Eskdale Poll Herefords topped at $3400 with BW James & Sons, Kalgarin, paying this for Eskdale Wigglesworth W24, a deep bull, with impressive growth EBVs of +39, +56 and +78 for 200, 400 and 600 day growth.
Allan and Shirley Hemley's long Willerene Hallmark 3 with his good muscling was bought by Gnowangerup graziers KE & JM Pech, for $4800.
The McDougall family sold two Lalla Rhook bulls to EL & BM Hill, Ravensthorpe, both a $2000, while Newdegate based stud Valhalla sold one bull for $2000 to Augusta producers WF & EB Watterson.
The Yallaroo Hereford bulls this year again set the pace in this section of the sale with Rob and Heather Francis selling 10 bulls under the hammer at an average of $4960.
Prices peaked at $10,000 in the Yallaroo catalogue when Darren Chatley, bidding over the phone for KO & F Starr, Foxforth Hereford stud, Guyra, NSW, secured the long deep soft Yallaroo W015.
The 990kg Yallaroo W15 showed all the attributes of a stud sire and was sired by Vena Park Sharka and out of Yallaroo Amaze L048.
The long deep Yallaroo Windsor played a supporting role in the Yallaroo team when he was knocked down to SD & AW Howie & Son, Manypeaks, for $7600, while Yallaro Warwick, sired by Yallaroo Titan, was bought by TH O'Byrne, for $7000.
Narrikup producer Benny Lionetti, secured the 1000kg, well muscled, easy doing Rhodesdale Velocity, for $3000, from the Tyrell family's Countach stud.
Bob and Joan Haywood sold one of their Westhaven bulls under the hammer, the well-grown Westhaven Warrior, to Mardoo Grazing Co, Dandaragan, for $7000.
The Haywood's also sold a second bull, Westhaven Winjeel, after the sale for $4500 to SD & AW Howie, & Son, Manypeaks.
It was an excellent day for the Charolais breeders with 33 bulls sold under the hammer averaging $3878, with many of the passed in lots selling quickly afterwards, including the top priced Charolais on the day, which sold for $6500 down in the lanes.
Even though Neville and Yvonne Davis's polled Eden Park Winchester failed to make his reserve price in the ring and was passed in at $5200, but it didn't take long before he was sold down in the lanes for $6500 to OM Dunnet & Co, Nannup.
The Davis family also sold a second bull after the sale for $4000 to D & JN Walters, Busselton.
Under the hammer however, it was Tony and Deborah Hughes-Owen, who achieved the top of $6000 twice.
The first occurred when GP & CM Coffey, Frankland, secured the classy, soft Debonair Wrangler, who was sired by Airlie Riff Raff.
The second time was when RT Omodei & Sons, Pemberton, bought the 900kg thick Debonair Welshman, with the help of Jon Brown, Wesfarmers Landmark, Manjimup.
Lockridge Senior High School offered and sold five bulls Kiara to a top of $5600, with David and Kathy Lovelock, Canterbury Charbray stud, New Norcia, buying the structurally correct, well muscled, Kiara Worthwhile, at that price tag.
Kiara Wizzfizz also attracted top dollar when he was knocked down to AG & TJ Lester, Manypeaks, for $5000, while Kiara Van Damme and Kiara Wussell made $4600, when they were knocked down to Doug Walters, Busselton and Graham Ayres Livestock, Kronkup, respectively.
Andrew and Judy Cunningham's Blaweary bulls made an impression on prospective buyers when they entered the ring and peaked at $5200 for the soft muscled Blaweary Watergate, when he was knocked down to DJ Shine & Co, Scott River.
Young Charolais breeder Brett Waldock had a day out with his Wattle Spring bulls when he sold two bulls at an average of $5100.
The stud's top price was $5200 for the 934kg early maturing Wattle Spring Wicked, who was bought by David John Reid, Karridale.
Lesley Milner, offered and sold to Willow Tree bulls to a top of $5000, it was 1015kg Willow Tree Warrior, who attracted this price tag when he was knocked down to Kevin and Robyn Yost, Liberty Charolais, Woroloo.
Sharlee Charolais stud had an excellent debut in the sale selling the well muscled Tralee Warrant to Wesfarmers Landmark Bridgetown agent Jaime Abbs, for $4800.
Jaime Abbs, also secured the top price Downunder bull, Downunder Wombat, offered by Rob and Lesley Milner, for clients at $4600, while the stud sold Downunder Wizkid to Bill Leiper, Glenluce Livestock, Cowaramup, for $4200.
Quicksilver's Doug Giles, sold six bulls top a $3400 twice. The first was for Quicksilver Whopper With The Lot, who was bought by Toorackie Grazing Co, Williams, while Quicksilver What A Package made the same price tag when he was knocked down to Donnybrook producer Russell Trigwell.
Peter and Chris Foster, Tarwonga Charolais stud, Narrogin, sold two bulls, with the 720kg Tarwonga Welldone, sired by Palgrove Ned Kelly, attracting the stud's top price of $2600 from Mel Morris, Elders Midland, who was bidding on behalf of Mt Florence Station, Tom Price.
Narembeen based stud Shacko sold the 756kg, large framed Shacko Warrior to Evendon Pastoral Co, Burekup, for $2000, while Stonehill Cattle Co, Eagles Tor Charolais stud, sold the 850kg Tralee Pride to Elders Capel agent Robert Gibbings, for $2500.
The Simmental breed was the last in the ring, and no means least with the seven bulls sold under the hammer averaging $3914, and the remaining passed in lots selling quickly after the sale.
Top price in the Simmental breed was $6400 for the deep, soft bull Topweight Whittington, offered by David and Audrey Weightman.
The April 2001-drop calf sired by Quaindering Quality was bought by R & M Italiano, Rosemont Simmental stud, Harvey.
Dardanup producers RL & GM Giudici, took the opportunity to secure the first bull in John Macaulay's Tenderloin team, the polled Tenderloin Poll Woody, plus a block of quality knives, for $4800.
Paul Thomson's Waldon Pastoral Co, sold the well muscled Waldon W022 for $3200, to RH Norman & Sons, Bridgetown.