CUNDERDIN-based Wilson Downs Angus studs confirmed their reputation last week as one of the state's leading Angus producers when bull prices reached $13,200 at their annual bull sale at Boyanup.
A large crowd, including new and repeat clients attended, driving averages skyward with a marked $422 improvement on last year's average.
Buyers came from as far north as Geraldton and south to Esperance to bid competitively on selected lots.
Under the experienced control of Landmark auctioneers John Wirth and Tiny Holly, the sale generated a massive gross of $199,900, an increase of $117,500 on last year's with an extra 25 bulls sold under the hammer.
John Wirth said the sale exceeded his expectation in all aspects.
"The bulls were presented beautifully with the Red Angus selling absolutely brilliantly," John said.
"There was much more interest than last year with a large crowd turning out to contribute to a solid sale,
"The front half of the black Angus bulls sold very well but ran out of steam towards the end with probably six to eight too many bulls catalogued.
"Buyers were selective but it was great to see such strong demand for Angus bulls,"
But at the end of the day it was the Red Angus bulls that had everybody talking.
Wilson Downs cleared all 14 of the red bulls for an excellent average of nearly $6000.
Taking the sale's top honours was the deep coloured bull, Wilson Downs Red X-It, knocked down to Many Peaks feedlotter and repeat client, Brian Lester for $13,200.
Red X-It was an AI calf by US sire Badlands Mr Beef and out of Wilson Downs Red Hope V8 who was a daughter of renowned dam White Lakes Pure Hope.
Red X-It weighed in at 804kg and registered well above the breed average for 200, 400, 600 day weight, BWT, CWT and Milk, measuring +35, +72, +90, +4.9, +52 and +12 respectively.
Brian's son Kim said X-It would be used over the older Simmental-Hereford cross cows to produce replacement breeders for calves to go into their 1600 head feedlot.
He said that X-It was a good package that looked good on his feet and had everything for breeding quality females, plus a good frame score and figures.
The Lester's other purchase was Wilson Downs Red X-Alt going under the hammer for $7800.
X-Alt was by the Canadian sire Red Maybridge Coronet and out of a top Wilson Downs female Red Betty.
From the black Angus offering, it was the 910kg, Wilson Downs Butchs X51 that stole the show being knocked down to fellow stud breeders at the Keston Vale Angus stud, Kojonup.
Butchs displayed the temperament of a puppy as he proudly strolled out to the show ring inciting a bidding tussle before finally being bowled over for $10,200.
Butchs is an AI calf by US sire Butchs Maximum 3130 and out of the Wilson Downs dam Queenie V189.
Butchs displayed an excellent variety of figures, achieving above breed average EBV's at +5.0 BWT, +46 200 day wt, +85 400 day wt, +104 600 day wt, +56 CWT and impressive Japan B3 index value of +$82.
Keston Vale stud principal Michael and Diana Fryer-Smith had been attending the Wilson Downs sale since buying females off them in 1969 but this was the first Wilson Downs bull they had purchased.
Diana said the physical characteristics and the genetic history of X51 attracted them to the bull.
"He is an outstanding, smooth bull that we have been chasing for some time," she said.
"X51 is out of an absolutely beautiful cow (Queenie 189) and he will be used in the stud over Stockman 2164 daughters.
"He is a structurally correct bull with an outstanding temperament which is a very important factor in the Keston Vale stud."
The Fryer-Smiths paid a further $7400 for the 860kg Wilson Downs Butches X59, a son out of Wilson Downs Traveler and like their first purchase, a son of Butches Maximum 3130.
Another good price from the black Angus line up was Wilson Downs Scotch Cap X101 going to Albany producers J.R Davies for $6600.
Lanstal Pty Ltd took home five black bulls paying an average $2768.
From the Red Angus offering that consistently surpassed the $5000 mark was Wilson Downs Red Canyon X34 going to Wagin producers F Ganzer & Co for $8000.
X34 was sired by US sire Grandcanyon and out of a White Lakes Pure Hope daughter Wilson Downs Red Victoria.
Wilson Downs co stud principal Bruce McKay said he was happy with the sale result but particularly overwhelmed with the response from new and return clients.
"There was a good clearance of bulls with buyers securing quality black bulls at fair prices," Bruce said.
"There was a great attendance and it's pleasing to hear feedback from clients' successes that are doing really well using Wilson Downs bulls."