Heifers to $1600 at record-breaking sale

28 Jan, 2004 10:00 PM
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RECORDS tumbled at Landmark's Blue Ribbon Female sale, Mt Barker, last Tuesday.

Its record price of $1600 for PTIC Angus heifers was booked twice.

Overall, the sale of the 1465 females, ranging from unmated heifers to sixth calvers, averaged a groundbreaking $981.

It was a gala performance played to a packed house.

"Those attending saw an overall yarding of exceptional quality right through to the very last pen," Landmark's Albany region livestock manager Bob Pumphrey said.

"It was a demonstration of confidence in the WA cattle industry and in the breeding which has gone into it."

The record-priced Angus heifers came from two vendors - the Porongurup-based Connell family's Serena Park Angus stud and Narrikup-based Mindaree Dairy Angus herd run by Ralph Carter.

Serena Park's Gary and Juliet Connell had selected 46 of their commercial heifers for this sale, and they averaged an outstanding $1492/head when bought by Roydon Nominees, Denmark, at prices ranging from $1000-$1600.

Not to be outdone, Mr Carter had selected 120 Angus heifers with Mordallup Angus genes.

After selling to a top $1600 for the 12 head bought by Gatti Brothers, Ravensthorpe, 11 went to C and M Hick, Narrikup, at $1200 and 20 to Silverlands, Bridgetown, for an average $1080.

Mindaree Dairy's 129 head averaged a remarkable $1031.

The trend of the sale was set from lot one, when Dundeal Holdings, Narrikup, sold eight 2.5yo bucket-reared Angus Friesian heifers to R and J Barker, Kalgan, for $1140.

RG Woodward and Company sold 23 2yo Angus-Friesian heifers mated to Angus (due February) for an average $1161.

PS and SL Surridge, Porongurup, offered 58 straight bred Angus heifers in calf to Murray Grey bulls (due March), which sold for $1320 when 12 were bought by Gatti Bros, Ravensthorpe.

Another 12 to Kurram Brazing, Denmark, at $1240 saw the 58 head average an impressive $1061.

MJ Blyth and Company, Manypeaks, has long done well at local sales and it repeated the performance with 12 of 46 commercial Angus due mid-February to an Angus bull selling to a top price of $1440 and another 12 at $1260 to average $1169 for the 46.

Millcrest Farms, Walpole, offered 34 Angus rising 2yo to an Angus bull due February on, with 12 selling to $1440 to average $1149 for 34.

Eagle Valley Farm, Albany, sold 11 Angus heifers rising 2yo joined to Simmental bull (due March-April) for $1000.

Murray Grey heifers

RT and CJ Metcalfe, Manypeaks, offered 65 rising 2yo Murray Grey heifers joined to their own Melaleuca stud bulls for a March-April calving.

They attracted intense bidding which rapidly reached a top price of $1340 for 10 when bought by Lake King. Bruce Mattinson took home 20 of the Melaleuca heifers at $1300. In total, it was an outstanding selection of Murray Grey females that averaged $1187 for 65 head. MCV and S Bennet, Perth, sold 20 grey heifers - 10 to $1260 and another 10 at $1320 in a very strong sale.

JB and JE Wood, Kendenup, had 10 of their Beau Valley-bred Murray Grey rising 2yo heifers joined to a Murray Grey bull sell for $1220 to M and M Mullaly, Redmond.

Trevelys, Tingledale, had 17 2.5yo greys, joined to an Angus bull, make $980.

M and S Plowright, Narrikup, sold 15 similar type, due February on for $1000 and a further 10 at $920 and 11 at $880 to conclude an excellent Murray Grey line-up.

Simmental heifers

MacMahon Family Trust, Kojonup, offered and sold 12 rising 2yo Simmental heifers joined to an Angus for March onwards calving.

They made $1020 for six and $900 for six more.

Dundeal Holdings, Narrikup, offered eight red Simmental heifers joined to Angus which made $1200.

Composite bred red heifers from CW Jenkins, Denbarker, drew intense bidding.

They had infusions over time of red Simmental, Shorthorn, Red Angus and Gelbvieh and were impressive on all points.

Kentdale Grazing Company, Kentdale, bought 32 of them to a top of $1040 and average $1041.

Cows - second to sixth calvers

Candyup Farms, Kalgan, made $1160 for 12 Angus third and fourth calvers joined to an Angus to calve from February on.

They went to the Pardelup Prison Farms, Denbarker.

Eagle Valley Farm, Albany, sold eight second calver Simmental cross cows at $1080 to Bernlea, Jerramungup.

They sold six more at $1180 and 11 fourth to sixth calvers sold for $880.

PE and PJ Wilson, Redmond, sold second calver Simmental cows joined to Red Angus for $1020.

Eagle Valley Farm sold mature age Hereford-Simmental cross cows - 11 at $940 and 10 at $860.

Unmated heifers

The highlight of the aged cows was the entry of fourth to sixth calving composite bred cows entered by GW Jenkins, Denbarker, who has sold his property.

Amerillup Grazing Company (AGC), Perillup, recognised the quality bred into these impressive cows.

AGC paid the top price of $1420 for fifth calvers joined to a red composite bull and went on to take 21 more at $1300 and eight at $1080.

Other lots of fifth and sixth calvers of similar breeding sold from $900-$1100 in an outstanding sale of well-bred, big-framed composite cows.

Unmated heifers

Mainly Angus cross Friesians sold above expectations.

One-year-old compositively bred red 12mo heifers saw 16 sell at $740 from the GW Jenkins, Denbarker, offering, 20 at $710 and 12 at $680 to leading beef producer RF Puch and Company, Narrikup.

Buckenara, Borden, offered bucket-reared Angus/Friesian 10-22mo unmated heifers, with 12 selling for $870, 17 at $840 and 10 at $860 for 45mo.

Nine 1yo heifers made $840 and $810.

Moran and Company, Torbay, sold 20 12-14mo bucket-reared Angus-Fresian unmated heifers at $790, finishing with 71 head selling from $500-$790.

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