A CLEARANCE rate of 88pc and a record top price of $10,200 was a fantastic result for the connections of the Blackrock stud at Boyanup last week.
The top price of $10,200 was a record for the MacLeay family at their annual production sale and eclipsed last year's record top price by $400.
Overall it was a very pleasing sale for the MacLeays with 43 out of the 49 bulls selling under the hammer at an average of $3777.
Given the number of Angus bulls sold last year and the number on the market this year, the clearance achieved by the stud was exceptional and highlighted the quality of bulls produced by the stud and the MacLeays' professional approach to bull breeding.
With just on 50 registered buyers traveling long distances to secure the proven Blackrock genetics, the sale was solid throughout with bulls selling to all areas of the state, including Esperance, Geraldton, Narrikup, Manjimup and Busselton and all points in between.
Elders Breeding Services auctioneer Kim McDougall said the sale was solid from beginning to end, with buyers being very clear on their purchasing requirements.
"A very pleasing aspect of the sale was the strong local support which the MacLeays received to today on their bulls," Mr McDougall said.
"Overall it was a very pleasing result for the stud and was a reflection of the stud's integrity and commitment to objective breeding over the years."
Blackrock stud principal Ken MacLeay was equally as happy with the sale result, in particular the clearance rate.
"To clear 43 out of the 49 bulls on offer was very pleasing," Mr MacLeay said.
"From my point of view the clearance was very good, given this year there is just over 500 Angus bulls on offer at auctions around the state and last year only 387 Angus bulls were sold at auction in WA, therefore to get anywhere above 80pc is excellent.
"Another very pleasing aspect for us was that there were 50 registered buyers, which is a very good endorsement for us and what we are doing.
"It was also very good to have a number of successful buyers in the local area."
Under the control of Elders Breeding Services auctioneer Kim McDougall the crowd sat up and took notice right from the very beginning as the Blackrock bulls entered the ring.
It didn't take long for last year's high of $9800 to be surpassed when Lot 2, Blackrock W18 (AI), entered the ring. W18 created a bidding frenzy amongst prospective buyers keen to secure his genetics, when bidding started at $6000.
Sired by the well-known and proven sire CA Future Direction and out of Blackrock Q63, W18 displayed all the qualities of the breed and the breeding objectives of the Blackrock stud as bids surpassed the $10,000 mark, to finally peak at $10,200.
In the end however, it was Elders South West livestock manager Darren Chatley, bidding on behalf of the Dunnet family's Flybrook Angus stud at Pemberton, who secured the final bid on the extremely classy and well muscled bull, who displayed all the qualities of a potential stud sire.
The long, smooth bull, who had plenty of volume and thickness, had the numbers to match, with EBV figures of +4.5 for birthweight, +32, +69 and +91 for 200, 400 and 600 day growth and +13 for milk.
Even more impressive were his carcase weight and eye muscle areas EBVs of +55 and +3.9 respectively, which placed him in the top 1pc of the breed for these traits.
This was only the beginning of what finished up being a solid sale for the Blackrock stud.
A March 2001-drop calf, Blackrock W125 (AI) made the second top price of the day when he was knocked down to Pinjarra Stud Farms, Pinjarra, for $8400.
The Pinjarra stud secured the long, well-muscled bull, with the assistance of well-known identity John Abbott.
Sired by CA Future Direction as well, W125 had EBVs of +41, +80 and +96 for 200, 400 and 600 day growth.
First time buyers at Blackrock Adina Grazing, Esperance, purchased Blackrock W154 (AI), for $7600. W154 was sired by classic New Zealand sire Pono of Kawatiri, a trait leader for 400 and 600 day growth, carcase weight and scrotal size.
W154 showed all the outstanding attributes of his sire including length, thickness and soundness.
New buyers to the stud Atlas Farms, Calingiri, pushed Blackrock W3 above the $5000 mark, when they had the final bid on the soft, smooth bull at $6600. Sired by New Design 036, W53 had a scrotal measurement of 40cm and a milk EBV of +14, which ranked in the top 5pc of the breed.
Atlas Farms also secured a second bull later in the catalogue, Blackrock W146 (AI), by Steveson Royce, for $3400.
Blackrock W223 made the impressive $5000 mark, when the April 2001-drop calf sired by Blackrock U11 was knocked down to NV & WE Finlay, Narrikup, while GP & CM Coffey, Frankland, paid $4400 and $3800 for two bulls.
Volume buyers on the day included Lanstal Pty Ltd, West Perth, who secured four bulls to a top of $3200 and an average of $2875, while Morundah Pty Ltd, West Perth, bought three bulls to a top of $3400.