THE Coonamble Angus stud, Bremer Bay, set a WA record for single-vendor sale when a total clearance of the 56 bulls offered sold for an $8268 average on Wednesday.
The excellent result followed several years of outstanding sales for the stud and was underpinned by buoyant beef prices and the growing demand for grass-reared bulls.
The sale peaked at $17,500 for a son of New South Wales sire Booroomooka Yogi Z27 paid by local commercial cattlemen Phil and Cathy Wishart who run a 900-head Angus breeding herd and carry out an annual AI program with the top 150 cows.
The mid-March born bull Coonamble 64 was the heaviest in the catalogue weighing in at 890 kilograms and was in the top one percentage of bulls for 400-day growth rate based on the January 2105 Angus Breedplan analysis.
The Wishart family also paid $11,000 for a son of the super-sire Coonamble Elevator E11, sold for $50,000 for a two third share to a NSW stud syndicate, and $6500 for a 17-month-old son ET son of Booroomooka Frankel F510.
Elevator E11 is noted for its phenomenal growth EBVs and was referred to on several occasions during sale as a freak that ‘people will have to wait a long time before they see one better’.
The sale grossed $463,000 and the $8268 average was up by $2347 on last year.
Comparatively the eight Elevator sons grossed $87,250 and averaged $10,906
Landmark auctioneer John Wirth said he’d sold at every Coonamble sale since the stud started and the result was a tribute to studmaster Murray Davis who had built a reputation for his unwavering commitment to running stud cattle under normal commercial grazing conditions.
He was also recognised for instilling the genetics to produce mobility, docility and longevity in his stock.
During the sale 10 bulls fetched $10,000 or more all paid by commercial cattlemen.
Among them were second time buyers Noel and Karen Bairstow, who run 1700 Angus breeders at Lake Grace, and paid the $14,500 second top price among six bulls bought for a $10,792 average.
Their top price bull, Coonamble J98 was by Elevator E11 and had been highly regarded by the studmaster who had used him in the stud
The April-drop J98 had a significant +7.4 EBV for eye muscle area putting him the top 10pc of animals born in 2013.
A full report will be in next week’s Farm Weekly.