A QUALITY line-up of bulls and strong buying support ensured last week's Farm Weekly WA Supreme Bull Sale was a success with prices hitting a high of $9000 twice.
With buying support from as far north as Morawa right through to Esperance in the South East, prices were strong throughout, which ensured a rise in average on last year.
By the time the final bull had left the ring after more than one and half hours of selling the Elders and Landmark selling teams had cleared 70 bulls from the 105 offered at an average of $4714, which was up $7 on last year when 100 bulls sold from 119 offered at an average of $4710.
While the number of bulls offered was back on previous years there was still plenty for buyers to choose from with 28 studs offering bulls from 10 breeds and they responded accordingly, securing the bulls which best suited their requirements.
Again like most sales this year buyers were selective which resulted in the clearance being back on last year.
Unlike previous Supreme sales the breeds were not sold in the traditional British and European runs but rather in the average order based on last year's sale.
In the British breeds the Herefords were again the best performers averaging $4667 for the six bulls sold, with the Angus breed second best with an average of $3889 for the nine sold.
In the European breeds it was the Charolais which took top honours with an average of $5560 for the 21 bulls sold, which was the best breed average on the day, while the Blonde d'Aquitaine breed also averaged above the sale average with a figure of $4786 for the 12 bulls sold.
But the accolades for the Charolais breed didn't end with top average honours - it also took top price honours when two well-muscled bulls from the Peter and Judy Milton's Copplestone stud, Dardanup, sold at $9000.
The first bull to hit the $9000 mark for the Copplestone stud was the 912kg Copplestone Freight Train F9 (P) after bidding started at $4500 on the upstanding sire.
It was finally knocked down to return buyers Tom and Jamie O'Byrne, TL O'Byrne & Co, Quindalup.
The long, smooth, well-muscled bull, which was sired by Gobongo Amadeus not only had the physique which attracted the buyers but also the numbers to match.
It had EBVs of +2.2 for birthweight, +3 for milk and growth figures of +17, +32 and +43 for 200, 400 and 600-day weight which were double the breed average, while its scan figures were 125cm2 for EMA, 2mm for rib fat, 3mm for rump fat and 2.1 per cent for IMF.
Jamie O'Byrne, who was purchasing with his father Tom, said they liked the length, softness, and depth of body in the bull.
"He has a low birthweight and a good 200-day weight, which is also what we are chasing," he said.
"He will be joined to a portion of our 200 Angus-Friesian and Murray Grey-Friesian cows."
Matching Freight Train F9 at $9000 late in the Copplestone run was Copplestone Finally F2 (PS).
Bidding started at $5000 on this very long sire, which weighed 792kg, and quickly rose before the bull was finally knocked down at $9000 to Landmark Boyanup agent Chris Waddingham, who was bidding on behalf of Kingston Rest Pty Ltd, Boyanup.
Finally F2 was sired by Linkletter Y9 and had growth figures of +5, +10 and +15 for 200, 400 and 600-day weight and scan data of 112cm2 for EMA, 6mm for rib fat, 4mm for rump fat and 4.7pc for IMF.
Along with purchasing one of the equal top-priced bulls Mr Waddingham also secured Copplestone Flagship F33 (P) for Kingston Rest Pty Ltd at $8000.
Flagship F33 was sired by Gobongo Amadeus and had growth EBVs of +23, +46 and +60 for 200, 400 and 600-day weight, which were the highest figures in the breed.
Mr Waddingham said both bulls were suitable for the WA domestic yearling market.
"They are bulls which will give flexibility to the calves being marketed, they will be able to be sold as vealers or be fattened for the supermarket yearling trade," Mr Waddingham said.
"The operation selected the two sires before the sale and has always been big supporters of Copplestone Charolais because of the bulls' moderate frames, thickness, softness and fleshing."
The Hereford breed was the first in the ring with three studs offering 12 bulls.
When the final Hereford bull left the ring, six had been sold at an average of $4667.
Leading the charge in the breed was the Yallaroo stud, Busselton, which offered five bulls and sold four to a top of $8000 and an average of $4625.
It didn't take long for the $8000 top price to be achieved when Yallaroo First F1 entered the ring as the first bull offered.
The 951kg, long, deep bull with plenty of growth caught the attention of plenty of prospective buyers before the sale but after a heated bidding melee, the bull was finally knocked down to Elders Busselton/Nannup agent Terry Tarbotton, who was bidding on behalf of return Eastern States buyer Richard Smith, Ingleby Pastoral Co, Milbrulong, New South Wales.
Yallaroo Hereford stud principal Rob Francis said that Mr Smith had inspected the bulls and made his selections after a trip to WA two weeks ago.
"He has bought bulls off me in the past," Mr Francis said.
"I think he's bought about five bulls in the last five years and he usually goes for the type with the most length and muscle while temperament is also a big factor."
Mr Smith runs a predominantly pure Hereford commercial operation on his Milbrulong property.
First F1, which was sired by Yallaroo Ampol A13, had EBVs of +12 for milk, +28, +45 and +59 for 200, 400 and 600-day weight, +36 for carcase weight, +2.4 for EMA and +0.4 for IMF.
Also attracting the attention of buyers in the Yallaroo team was the 935kg Yallaroo Famous F8, which was by Simthston Zig Zag 270.
It was knocked down at $4000 to return buyers the Della Gola family, JM & H Della Gola, Northcliffe.
The well-muscled sire had growth EBVs of +29, +46 and +75 for 200, 400 and 600-day weight, which were all above the breed average.
The remaining two bulls to sell from the Yallaroo stud were purchased by PP & B Smith, Busselton, at $3500 and GE Payne, Alexandra Bridge, at $3000.
By the end of the Yallaroo run the stud had sold four bulls from its offering of five at an average of $4625.
Offering and selling two bulls in the Hereford run at an average of $4750 and to a top of $5000 was the Copplestone stud, Dardanup.
The top-priced bull in the Copplestone run, Copplestone Full Bodied F16 (P) was knocked down to Fred Mountford, Yandilla Grazing, Manypeaks.
The polled and long bull was sired by Mount Difficult Adviser (P) and had EBVs of +5.2 for birthweight, +11 for milk and +31, +51 and +69 for 200, 400 and 600-day weight.
The second Copplestone bull to sell, Copplestone Fargo F8 (P), was bought for $4500 by VA & AJ Blechynden & Son, Manjimup, when they bid with the assistance of Landmark Manjimup representative Don Lyster.
The polled mountain of meat, which was also a Mount Difficult Adviser son, had growth EBVs of +28, +45 and +62 for 200, 400 and 600-day weight.
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Unlike the last few Supreme sales the Blonde d'Aquitaine breed found the sale a little tougher this year, with the clearance and average for the breed back on previous sales.
This year six studs offered a line-up of 22 bulls in the sale but subdued bidding resulted in only 14 bulls being sold under the hammer for an average of $4786.
In comparison last year, 20 from 21 bulls sold for an average of $5600.
Topping the Blonde run at $7750 was the Amaroo stud, Mundijong, when it sold Amaroo Force F5 to Kane Grima, KA & TB Grima, Mullewa.
The well-muscled, long Force F5 was sired by Rathdowney Tornado and had growth EBVs of +3, +13 and +18 for 200, 400 and 600-day weight.
Kane Grima and his cattle manager Alan Concannon said they had been using Blonde bulls for two years and the results were speaking for themselves.
"The calves have good growth and very good muscle patterns at an early age," they said.
"In selecting the bulls we particularly select on things such as growth for age and muscle pattern as well as their figures in general."
The operation runs about 130 breeders on their Mullewa property which comprise mainly of an Angus and Murray Grey base as well as Shorthorn.
The Grima family also went onto pay $5750 for another Amaroo bull, Amaroo Ferrari F8.
The thick, early maturing Ferrari F8 was sired by Amaroo Diesel and had growth EBVs of +2, +11 and +17 for 200, 400 and 600-day weight.
Also attracting the buyers' attention in the Amaroo team were Amaroo Full Power F10 which sold for $5500 to Pardee Grazing Co, Kendenup and Amaroo Polled Future F27 which sold for $5250 to JM Leenhouwers, Bremer Bay.
Purchasing two Amaroo bulls at $4500 and $4000 to show their faith in Blonde bulls was Birrawong, Badgingarra.
By the end of its run the Amaroo stud had cleared nine bulls from its offering of 12 at an average of $5000.
The second top price in the Blonde section went to the Uranongo stud, Bridgetown, when it sold its sole entry Uranongo Force F20 (P) for $7500 to SP Knapp, Manypeaks.
The 767kg, well-muscled Force F20 was sired by Renard S Victor and had EBVs of +0.5 for birthweight and +8, +13 and +20 for 200, 400 and 600-day weight, while its scan figures were 115cm2 for EMA, 6mm for rib fat, 7mm for rump fat and 2.2pc IMF.
The Corolin stud, Clackline, offered three bulls and sold two for an average of $3750.
Topping the Corolin team at $4000 was Corolin Falkner F23 when it was purchased by Kangarabbi Farms, Narrikup.
Falkner was sired by Corolin Daintree and had EBVs of +1.9 for birthweight and +14, +25 and +27 for 200, 400 and 600-day weight.
The second bull to sell in the Corolin team was Corolin Fabron F21 when it was knocked down at $3500 to Coonara WA Pty Ltd, Yealering.
The Superior stud, Oldbury, sold one bull from its team of four at $3000 to PR & TD Cousemacker, Sea Bird.
The Cousemackers secured the 800kg Superior Formulae 1 F14, which was a son of Baudin Xavier.
Rounding out the Blonde studs to sell was the Belini stud, Dardanup, which sold its sole entry, Belini Frank F1 for $4000 to Birrawong, Badgingarra.
Frank F1 was sired by Amaroo Czar and showed plenty of muscling and softness.
The Charolais breed came into the ring in the middle of the sale and while numbers were back on previous years, quality certainly was not lacking and buyers appreciated this by bidding strongly throughout.
Not only did the sale's $9000 equal top-priced bulls come from this section, it was also the biggest breed by number with three vendors offering 24 bulls.
When the last Charolais bull left the ring, 21 had been cleared under the hammer at an average of $5560, which was up $1065 on last year's average of $4495 when 48 bulls sold from 56 offered.
After selling the equal top-priced bulls at $9000 the Copplestone stud continued to have an excellent sale and finished with an average of $5969 over the 16 bulls it offered and sold.
Just failing to reach the dizzy heights of $9000 was Copplestone Frontline F10 when it was knocked down for $8750 to Creek Farms Family Trust, Boyup Brook.
The 896kg, thick Frontline F10 was sired by Linkletter Y9 and had EBVs of +0.4 for birthweight, +4 for milk, +11, +32 and +33 for 200, 400 and 600-day weight and scan numbers of 121cm2 EMA and 4mm for rib and rump fat.
Two other bulls made $6000 or more in the Copplestone team and they were Copplestone Fartzack F34 (P/S) when it was knocked down at $6750 to Colin Thexton, IRA, Pemberton and Copplestone Faraway F11 (P) when it was purchased at $6000 by Acton Park Grazing Pty Ltd, Acton Park.
The Bellevue stud, Bellevue offered five bulls in the sale and cleared three for an average of $4083.
Topping the Bellevue team at $6000 was the 982kg Bellevue Frank F21 when it was purchased by Harley Webb, HP & J Webb, Narrikup.
The well-muscled, deep bull was sired by Gauguin and had EBVs of +0.5 for birthweight and +14, +28 and +24 for 200, 400 and 600-day weight as scan figures of 130cm2 for EMA and 6mm for rib and rump fat.
Landmark Bridgetown agent Jamie Abbs purchased the other two Bellevue bulls for clients.
He went to $3500 on Bellevue Fabio F2 (P) for John Rosenthal, JG Rosenthal, Bridgetown, and $2750 on Bellevue Fisher for AN Caldwell & Co, Bridgetown.
Offering and selling two bulls at an average of $4500 was the Wundam Glen stud, Boyup Brook.
The first Wundam Glen bull, Wundam Glen Frontier F2 (P) was purchased by BW & AE Garratt, Walkaway, at $5000.
The 861kg, soft, square Frontier F2 was sired by Wundam Glen Bugler B9 and had scan data of 118cm2 for EMA, 5mm for rib and rump fat and 1.5pc for IMF
Purchasing the second Wundam Glen bull, Forefront F8 (P) at $4000 was McIntyre Farms Pty Ltd, South Perth.
The soft, well-muscled 865kg Forefront had scan figures of 118cm2 for EMA, 6mm for rib fat, 7mm for rump fat and 3.4pc for IMF.
This year four Simmental studs presented a top line-up of 22 Simmental bulls, however reserved bidding from buyers only saw 14 cleared under the hammer at an average of $4375, which was back $107 on last year when three studs achieved a complete clearance of the 14 bulls they offered.
Offering the largest team and selling the top-priced Simmental bull at $7750 was the Patterson family's Bullock Hills stud, Katanning.
Topping the Bullock Hills team at $7750 was Bullock Hills Freightliner F513 when it was knocked down to Landmark Boyanup agent Chris Waddingham, who was bidding on behalf of Dean Taaffe, Amana Valley Farms, Donnybrook.
The 966kg Freightliner F513 was a January 2010-drop ET calf sired by BHR Draco SA 628N and out of Bullock Hills ERP PU4.
When the bull was in the selling ring it showed plenty of early maturity and tremendous capacity.
But it wasn't only its physique which caught the buyers' eyes, it also had good EBVs of +2.8 for birthweight, +13 for milk and +25, +29 and +25 for 200, 400 and 600-day weight.
Mr Taaffe said he liked the bull's thickness and structure.
"He is a good all-round bull that will go nicely over my 80 Red Angus cross cows," he said.
"I hope to keep some replacement females and sell the remaining females and steer calves as weaners through the local saleyards."
Also making an impression on buyers was Freightliner's full brother Bullock Hills Freight Train F514 which was purchased by AE & SM Muir, Lake Muir, at $5750.
The 968kg bull, which was used in the Bullock Hills stud as a yearling had great carcase attributes and EBVs of +3.5 for birthweight, +13 for milk and +27, +33 and +32 for 200, 400 and 600-day weight.
The Muirs also purchased the 790kg son of BFP Bolagi N522E, Bullock Hills Fracture F539, at $3000.
Also purchasing two Bullock Hills bulls was Derek Mondello, Cantabilling.
Mr Mondello paid $3000 for the 810kg Bullock Hill Fleetwood F115 and $2750 for the 805kg Bullock Hills Fieldmaster F5.
Both were polled bulls by Bullock Hills Cougar C54.
Others to secure Bullock Hills bulls at the higher end were AM & BJ Eatts, Northcliffe, who paid $4750 for Bullock Hills Firecracker F112, while FJ & KJ Kammann, Manjimup, paid $4500 for Bullock Hills Freeway F216.
By the end of its run the Bullock Hills stud had cleared 10 bulls from its team of 15 offered at an average of $4150.
The Topweight stud, Margaret River, sold two bulls from its team of three at an average of $5500.
Topping the Topweight team at $6000 was Topweight Fulcrum F70, when it was purchased by Acton Park Grazing Pty Ltd, Acton Park.
Fulcrum F70 was by Willandra Awesome and had EBVs of +1.8 for birthweight, +10 for milk and +17, +29 and +33 for 200, 400 and 600-day weight.
The second Topweight bull to sell was another Awesome son, Topweight Frecinet F65, when it was secured by PP & B Smith, Busselton, at $5000.
Frecinet had EBVs of +1.7 for birthweight, +12 for milk and +21, +51 and +47 for 200, 400 and 600-day weight.
Selling its sole sale entry, Seven Brooks Ferrari F2, was the Seven Brooks stud, Margaret River.
Taking a liking to Ferrari, which was sired by Woonalee Buddy Weep B87 and had EBVs of +16 and +43 for 200 and 400-day weight, was Jarrahlea, Boyup Brook, when it had the final bid on the bull at $5250.
Rounding out the Simmental studs to offer bulls was the Murban stud, Pinjarra, which sold one bull from its offering of three at $3500.
The bull Murban Firecracker F9 (P), which was by Bonnydale Gambler, was purchased by Blythewood Pastoral Co, Pinjarra.
The 852kg bull had a scan figures of 115cm2 for EMA, 6mm for rib fat, 7mm for rump fat and 2.9pc for IMF and EBVs of +1.5 for birthweight and +14, +26 and +32 for 200, 400 and 600-day weight.
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Once again the Warrel Murray Grey stud, Augusta, was the only stud to offer bulls in this section of the sale.
This year the stud offered three bulls and managed to sell two under the hammer both at $3000.
Both bulls, which were sired by Monterey Centurion, were secured by Landmark Busselton agent Wayne Hams, who was bidding on behalf of JG Federicks, Bridgetown.
There was a top line-up of Angus bulls on offer from four studs in the sale.
The studs offered 14 bulls between them and by the end of the run they had cleared nine at an average of $3889.
Offering the largest team in the Angus run and also selling the top-priced Angus sire at $5750 was the Kitchen family's Carenda stud, Katanning.
The Carenda stud offered 11 bulls and cleared seven at an average of $3714.
Taking top honours in the Carenda team was the 880kg Carenda Performer F4 when it was knocked down to return Carenda buyer Wes Graham, WJ & FJ Graham, Esperance, who was giving instructions over the phone to Elders Donnybrook/ Bridgetown representative Bill Kessell.
The well-muscled, deep Performer F4 was by KCF Bennett Performer and had EBVs of +5.4 for birthweight, +16 for milk, +48, +89 and +107 for 200, 400 and 600-day weight, +69 for carcase weight, +7 for EMA, 1.2 for retail beef yield, +0.1 for rib fat, +0.4 for rump fat and +1.0 for IMF, which were all above the breed average.
Mr Graham also purchased the second top-priced bull from the Carenda team at $5250, the 818kg Carenda Dateline F1 (twin).
Dateline F1 was sired by Vermilion Dateline 7078 and had growth EBVs of +49, +92 and +119 for 200, 400 and 600-day weight.
Mr Graham rounded out his purchases from the Carenda stud paying $3000 for Carenda Casino F22.
Mr Graham who inspected the Carenda bulls a few weeks ago said his aim was to buy bulls with the better performance EBVs.
"I also chose the more moderate-framed bulls which showed good thickness," Mr Graham said.
The bulls will be used in the Graham's 1800-head Angus breeding herd.
Also buying multiple bulls from the Carenda team was Generation Pastoral Co, Gingin, which had left its bidding to Landmark live export manager Kim Goad.
The Gingin operation purchased two Carenda bulls both at $2750.
Selling one bull at $4500 was the Black Market stud, Donnybrook, when it sold the 2009-drop Vermont Dreamline E485.
The 952kg Dreamline E485, which was sired by Vermont Dreamline B107 and had EBVs of +55, +90 and +116 for 200, 400 and 600-day weight, was purchased by Landmark Boyanup agent Chris Waddingham, who purchased the bull on behalf of Prenton Park Pastoral, Capel.
Also offering and selling one bull was the Superior Angus stud, Mundijong, when it sold Superior FGrande F02 for $4500.
The 902kg son of Te Mania Ada A149 was purchased by Generation Pastoral Co, Gingin.
The very structurally correct, well-muscled sire had EBVs of +47, +86 and +115 for 200, 400 and 600-day weight, +72 for carcase weight and +5.3 for EMA.
Five Limousin bulls from four studs were offered in the sale and by the end of the run four had been cleared under the hammer at an average of $4000.
Topping the Limousin run at $4500 was a Morrisvale bull, Morrisvale Freight Train F52, when it was purchased by Len and Judy Kirkpatrick, Julen Hills Pty Ltd, Donnybrook.
The upstanding bull, with a huge hindquarter and plenty of softness was sired by Morrisvale Chevrolet.
The Kirkpatricks, who have been buying Limousin bulls for around 15 years, said it was the added length and muscle in the breed which kept them going back.
"We select bulls with that extra bit of length and muscle expression," they said.
"The bull we bought today had all that plus that extra softness and shape that we look for in our cattle."
The Kirkpatricks use Limousin bulls over their Angus-Friesian cows and they are very happy with the calves they are producing.
Offering and selling two bulls for an average of $4000 was the Shannalea stud, Albany.
Topping the Shannalea team at $4250 was the 2009-drop Shannalea Electra E17 when it was bought by Colin Thexton, IRA, Pemberton.
The moderate-framed bull with plenty of muscle was sired by Shannalea A-One.
The second Shannalea bull to sell was Shannalea Far Out F15, when it was purchased by JB & H Wringe, Kirup, at $3750.
Rounding out the Limousin studs to sell was the Coolbeenie stud, when it sold the 2010-drop Coolbeenie Freud F85, to Joe Cavoto, Donnybrook, for $3500.
The son of Romn Justice had growth EBVs of +26, +44 and +64 for 200, 400 and 600-day weight.