Keen interest in Strathtay Angus

31 Oct, 2001 10:00 PM
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THE Strathtay Angus stud on-property open day last week resulted in the sale of 10 bulls and two lines of heifers.

Calvin Wren, Augusta purchased a line of heifers while Eddie Schaffner, King River bought six 2.5-year-old heifer, all of which had been mated to Strathtay Vacy V22, SAF Focus and Don Reagan.

Cliff Fraser, Busselton bought several bulls, as did Alcoa Farming to run on properties in Pinjarra and Waroona.

Prospective and existing clients travelled from regions as far as Albany and Gingin to view the display of remarkably quiet cattle in small paddocks, which comprised cows and calves, 60 in-calf heifers, 2002 sale bulls and donor cows of embryos exported to Denmark.

Strathtay stud principal John Young, Narrogin, was prepared to take on the extra work entailed in holding an open day because he believed his cattle were in extraordinary fine condition this year.

"I've been so pleased with the condition of the cows and bulls this year, and since the market has been fairly prosperous over the past 12 months, I felt it was a great opportunity to exhibit all my stock - the select cows and the lesser quality," he said.

He said it was a different approach to advertising next year's bulls in a relaxed setting that allowed clients to observe the animals at their leisure.

"It was also an opportunity to interact with other cattle producers in an environment where we could discuss the cattle industry and where I could receive feedback on the quality of my cattle."

Popular bulls included Strathtay Vidi Vici V62 and V77 who will be in the inaugural Kojonup sale next year.

John and Lesley Young founded their stud on Hillside, Wambanumba and Warrangullen studs, NSW, in 1966.

Their experience in breeding cattle includes seven years of exhibiting at the Perth Royal Show, six years of which they were awarded points for most successful exhibitors and were awarded with numerous championships.

In 1989 Strathtay bulls topped the Kojonup bull trials twice and in one year four out of five animals which were out of a Strathtay dam or sired by a Strathtay bull.

The Youngs also exhibited at the Wodonga National Angus Show, NSW that culminated in a reserve champion bull selling for $10,000.

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