THIS year’s WA bull selling season kicked off in a positive fashion last Friday when a Simmental bull attracted a $10,600 top price tag at the 12th annual Yates Caringa on-property bull sale, Bindoon.
A tight team of 26 Simmental and polled Simmental sires was put together by the Yates family who collected an average price of $3569 for the 16 bulls that sold under the hammer of Elders auctioneer Dennis Roberts.
Despite a dip in the clearance rate compared to last year when 24 bulls were sold from the 27 offered, the average swelled by $77 and the 2007 top price of $6800 was bumped up to an impressive $10,600.
Mr Roberts said it was one of the best line-ups of bulls he had seen at a Caringa sale.
Polled bulls were among the most sought after in the catalogue, attracting competition from both stud and commercial buyers who were keen to get their hands on some of the few polled Simmental bulls in WA.
This included Caringa Jet Stream, a thumping 852kg April 2006-drop bundle of meat and muscle that was knocked down for the sale-topping price of $10,600.
After an epic bidding contest, the soft, thick, powerful red bull with 100pc eye pigment was sold to Introvigne Grazing Co, Bonnydale stud, Bridgetown.
The bull, sired by renowned poll bull Caringa Pack Ice and out of Caringa Jamaica Cara, was positive in the rib and rump fats and had steady growth figures, but buyer Mike Introvigne said it was his visual outlook, coupled with the fact that he was polled, that was his main selling point.