A HUGE crowd of 130 people turned up for Tullibardine's first on-property sale near Albany last week.
Despite stud principal Alastair Murray joking it had only taken them 47 years to reach this point, the stage was set for a superb sale with a catalogue packed with 37 upstanding Murray Grey and Angus bulls for buyers' perusal.
Mr Murray had decided to make use of the new video technology and sell his bulls from the comfort of his shady shed, complete with a custom-built auctioneering stand.
It was straight down to business and all of the 11 Angus sires were snapped up quickly by keen buyers to average $4033, pushing the price to top at $4750 and gross $45,250.
There wasn't a great deal of difference between the breeds as the Murray Grey average of $3987 wasn't far behind, with clearance a little tougher as 19 of the 26 bulls offered found new owners to a sum of $75,750.
It was also where the $6000 top price bull was found.
The bulls were offered by both Landmark and Elders, with Elders auctioneer Dennis Roberts alternating between the two breeds throughout the catalogue.
When he reached the Murray Grey sire in lot 22 there were a number of keen buyers ready to take each other on.
First-time buyer Murray Park, L & D Park, Duranillin, secured the very impressive 764kg silver Tullibardine Guarantee G56 for the sale top of $6000.
With a name like Guarantee, it would be safe to assume the meat extension through the hindquarter and an excellent temperament would be passed onto its progeny.
Sired by Tullibardine Civil C90 and out of Tullibardine Beverley C53, Guarantee was a very structurally correct bull and recorded +23, +37 and +53 for its 200, 400 and 600-day weights, plus +2.1 EMA and a +0.3 scrotal size.
Mr Park said all the good attributes were there and he had been looking for a bull with a calm temperament to go over the main cows of his pure Murray Grey herd.
Over in the Angus corner, Manypeaks farmer David Pyle, Jeff Pyle & Co, was willing to put up the dollars to get the depth, paying the $4750 top price for the meaty Tullibardine Genius G90.
Mr Pyle was chasing a large Angus sire to produce reasonably big calves and Genius ticked all the boxes as one of the biggest sons from sire Diamond Tree Frontier A98.
Out of Tullibardine T Katrine C93, Genius had plenty of width and recorded +44, +77 and +101 for its 200, 400 and 600-day weights.
It also had the required equipment for producing sizeable progeny with one of the biggest scrotal measurements in the catalogue at 48cm.
The Pyle family run a predominantly Angus herd, with a few Angus-Charolais cows as well as the occasional Simmental trait and David said they were working on getting the balance of breeds right.
"I was chasing his size really, he stood out from the rest and we are hoping to get some reasonably big calves out of him," Mr Pyle said.
After wrapping up the sale, Mr Roberts said it was an extremely pleasing result for stud principals Alastair and Jenny's first on-property sale.
The largest offering of the two breeds meant buyers were free to operate on the bulls of their choosing, leaving only seven of the 26 without new owners at the final fall of the hammer.
Volume buyer for the Murray Greys included James Evans, Cadogan Estate, Williams, who purchased the first two bulls up for sale for $3500 and peaking at $5000.
He purchased another two for $3000 each to integrate into his breeding program.
Larussa Holdings, Gingin, made their purchase count, spending $5750 on an outstanding bull and finished their bidding on a high note.
Another volume buyer was Landmark southern livestock manager Bob Pumphrey on behalf of RE Fenney, East Victoria Park, who purchased three bulls at regular intervals for $4000, $3750 and $3000.
Merinvale Grazing, Redmond, was also chasing Tullibardine Murray Grey genetics and purchased two bulls for $3000 and $3750, while LR McGuire & Co, Manypeaks, was the only buyer to purchase one of each breed with the help of an Elders agent.
The Mcguire's paid $5500 for the Murray Grey Tullibardine Goblin G8 and $4000 for the Angus Twin Hills Geronimo G8.
Contributing to the total clearance of the 11 Angus sires was volume buyer F & V Hortin, Denmark, who was first the successful bidder on Tullibardine Goldmine G105 for $4250, following up with two more bulls for $4500 each.
Also paying good money for Angus genetics were Noel and Robyn Stoney, NHA & RL Stoney, Redmond, when they purchased the first Angus bull in the sale for $4500.
Elgon Pastures, Mt Barker and Willow Creek Pty Ltd, Albany, paid $4000 each for their Angus sires, while DJ & BE Bell, Redmond, also took home one Tullibardine bull for $4250.