THE Introvigne family's Bonnydale Simmental sale cemented itself as one of the best bull sales on the WA selling calendar last week when prices peaked at $8000.
The $8000 top price was a record for the family since they started their on-property sales six years ago and was up $1600 on last year.
It was an outstanding result for the Bonnydale stud selling 28 out of their 32 bulls at a healthy average of $4357, which was also their best ever result and was up an impressive $822 on last year.
It was a great reward for brothers Rob and Mike Introvigne, particularly as they had offered an extra nine bulls this year in their usual pleasant and cool surroundings, including the all-grass ring and grassed penning.
However, the most pleasing aspect of the sale for the Introvignes was the 55 registered and large number of return buyers who bought on the day.
"We were wrapped with the turn out and the 55 registered buyers," Bonnydale stud co-principal Mike Introvigne said.
"It was a very pleasing sale considering we recorded our best ever price and average for the sale after increasing our numbers from last year.
"But it was also great to see there was a range of prices to suit everybody."
Wesfarmers Landmark auctioneer was just as wrapped saying it was a very good sale.
"The clearance was good and the average was impressive given they had increased their numbers on last year," Wesfarmers Landmark auctioneer John Wirth said.
"It was obvious again today like at other sales this year buyers were willing to pay good money for the very good bulls."
The sale was red hot from the start and it did not take long for last year's top price to be blown out of the water when lot five, Bonnydale Zoo entered the ring.
Zoo created a bidding frenzy as Rob led him around the ring, but in the end it was return buyer F Pessetto & Son, Manjimup, who won out and had the final bid at $8000.
The 906kg cream bull who showed plenty of muscle and softness was sired by Rosemont Park Sampson and out of Bonnydale Wynette.
With Sampson being ranked in the top five percent of the breed for milk, retail beef yield and scrotal size.
With his goggle eyes, frame score of 7.8 and thickness through his hind quarter it was easy to understand why Zoo created so much interest among those who were there.
The Pessotto's who breed their own bulls will use Zoo amongst their 76 Simmental breeders and daughters from a bull they bought from the stud two years ago to breed replacement bulls and heifers.
Bob Pessotto said they liked the overall stretch and softness of the bull.
"He stands very correctly and his EBVs are good, particularly his milk," Mr Pessotto said.
"We saw him in the winter time when he was being used and liked him and he has gone on even further since then."
Last year's top price was passed again when the cream, goggly eyed Bonnydale Zorba sired by Bonnydale Xhibitor was knocked to repeat buyer Ray Mountford, Yandilla Grazing Co, Manypeaks for $6800.
Zorba an April drop calf showed great weight for age weighing 805kg and thickness through the hind quarter. He had growth figures of +8,+14 and +15 for 200, 400 and 600 day growth.
Bonnydale Ziegfried and Bonnydale Zulu Chief both equaled last year's top price of $6400 when they were bought by two regular buyers to the stud.
The 918kg red Ziegfried who was a sirey type and showed plenty of thickness and length was bought by M Terino, Manjimup. Ziegfried was sired by Frasernareen Marathon, who is the top 10pc of the breed for growth and out of Bonnydale Topaz.
While fellow Manjimup farmers J & Y Dimitriou & Son bought the 886kg goggly eyed and well muscled Zulu Chief. Zulu Chief was also sired by Frasernareen Marathon and had growth EBVs of +11, +19 and +23 for 200, 400 and 600 day growth.
Wangalup Grazing, Boyup Brook, secured the very fancied Bonnydale Zee Zee Top for $5800 with the help of Jamie Abbs, Wesfarmers Landmark Bridgetown. Zee Zee Top who showed great volume and depth was sired by Rosemont Park Sampson.
New buyers V & C Dimitriou, Manjimup paid $5600 for Bonnydale Zero who was sired by Quaindering Quicktime, while past buyers J & JA Aird, Bridgetown and RL & GM Giudici, Dardanup paid $5400 for Bonnydale Zammit and Bonnydale Z-Force respectively.
Glenluce Livestock, Cowaramup, bought two bulls for clients at $5000 and $3200, while locals Emu Downs Grazing paid $4000 and $2000 for the two bulls they bought.
Other multiple buyers were new clients AD & PI Anning, Walpole, who paid $3200 for Bonnydale Ziggy and $2200 for Bonnydale Zen late in the catalogue and repeat clients K & M Taylor, Capel, who paid $5000 for the 870kg Bonnydale Zargreb and $4000 for the 760kg Bonnydale Zigon.