THE White Lakes Angus stud met a receptive market last week when the breeding herd was dispersed to a contingent of both stud and commercial buyers who bid to a top of $4600.
It was a sad occasion for the Williams family, Toodyay, espe-cially for matriarch Pat Williams who established the stud in 1961 and has since seen the White Lakes herd accumulate numerous accolades in both show rings and sale arenas.
The auction had 68 females, including the stud’s young 2007-drop heifers, as well as breeders ranging from rising two-year-old heifers to rising nine-year-old cows that were all PTIC to quality White Lakes’ sires.
While the quality of the offe-ring was outstanding, there was limited competition on some lots which resulted in 69pc of the cata-logue selling under the hammer while negotiations continued after the sale.
An offering of embryo and semen packages also went under the hammer with these well received by breeders looking to bolster their ET and AI programs.
A highlight of the sale was the interest shown by the eastern states through phone bids.
The day’s top price occurred twice, firstly on a rising two-year-old heifer and a 2007-drop weaner heifer.
The older heifer, White Lakes Bold Gypsy B4, was a March-drop that was knocked down to Karen Liversidge and George Kenway, Nown Pty Ltd, Kirup.