TOP quality, performance-packed Holstein-Friesian genetics were in demand at last week's annual Holstein-Friesian bull and Supreme Genetics female sale at Boyanup, when buyers pushed prices to a top of $11,250 for a bull.
Following on from last year's successful sale, the event went up a notch this year, when the long list of registered buyers helped the joint Elders and Landmark selling team clear all the animals on offer at improved averages.
The sale started with the bulls and all 21 offered found new homes at an average of $6119, which was up $2309 on last year.
In comparison, last year 21 bulls sold from 21 offered at an average of $3810 and to a top of $7500.
Of the 10 black and white ladies offered, all sold to a top of $7500 and an average of $3240, which was up from $2464 last year when 14 females were offered and sold.
Elders South West sales co-ordinator Michael Carroll said there was a strong representations of buyers from Albany to Keysbrook and support from the South West dairy regions.
"The bulls presented very well with buyers really following figures and cow families," Mr Carroll said.
"The females sold to mainly local purchases.
"The confidence in the dairy industry was really reflected in the prices received for both the bulls and females."
From Landmark auctioneer Tiny Holly's initial call potential buyers bid strongly for the bulls of their choice and it didn't take long before they picked a standout in lot seven, Carenda Tiergan 293 ET1747340, which was offered by the Kitchen family, Carenda Holstein stud, Boyanup.
As soon as the opening bid was taken, the battle between buyers was on in the stands, but in the end it was M & L Furfaro & Sons, Keysbrook, which secured the March 2013-drop son of Ballycairn Tiergan at the $11,250 top price.
The bull had plenty of breeding and performance behind it.
It was out of Carenda Shottle Vogue ET (1545307), which produced 12,302 litres at five years, a protein level of 3.32 per cent and butter fat of 3.96pc on 305 days lactation and a protein and fat index of 128.
The family also paid $9250 and $4250 for two other black and white sires offered by the Kitchen family's Carenda stud.
Carenda stud also sold the first bull to make the sale's $10,000 equal second top price.
The Southern Trust, Redmond, placed the final bid on Carenda Tiergan VIC ET1756799, which was a son of Ballycairn Tiergan.
The March 2013-drop bull was out of Carenda Rudolph Vanetta ET (871922), which had produced 10,037 litres at seven years, a protein level of 3.51pc and butter fat of 4.72pc on 305 days lactation and a protein and fat index of 109.
The Southern Trust also paid $4750 for a bull offered by the Treeton stud later in the catalogue.
P & S Barbetti, Waterloo, bought two Carenda bulls at $6500 and $4250.
Those to pay more than $6000 for single Carenda bulls were A & E Epiro, Harvey, ($7250); Kimlie Pty Ltd, Harvey, ($6500); HD, AL & NJ Lindberg, Mt Barker ($6500) and C & C Minson, Roelands ($6000).
The Carenda stud offered and sold 16 bulls for an average of $6094, which was up from $3800 last year when it offered and sold 15 bulls.
Fellow vendors the Jenkins family, Treeton stud, Cowaramup, also had an impressive sale when it offered and sold five bulls at an average of $6200.
Last year it offered and sold two bulls for a $4875 average.
Treeton stud's team, topped at the sale's $10,000 equal second top price when Torbary producers, FV Hortin & Sons, purchased Treeton Levi George ET1773318.
Levi George was dropped in September 2013 and was by Morningview Levi.
It was out of Treeton Shottle Georgia ET1662064, which had milk production figures at two years of 8840 litres, 3.25pc protein and 4.22pc butter fat on 305 days lactation as well as a protein and fat index of 124.
The Hortins purchased a second Treeton bull at $8000.
The remaining two Treeton bulls sold to A & PE Pratico, Greenbushes, at $4750 and WS Partridge, Brunswick, at $3500.
Like their black and white male counterparts, the females in the sale also attracted strong bidding from the dairy producers present to top at $7500.
Topping this section at $7500 was a classy milk producer from Colin Gilbert's Nairobi stud, North Dandalup, when it was knocked down to Katandra Farming, Brunswick.
The November 2011-drop female, Nairobi Mercury 15 VG86, was by Braedale Goldwyn and out of Nairobi Mercury 13.
Nairobi Mercury 15 VG86 had produced 8360 litres at two years, a protein level of 3.3pc and butter fat of 4.2pc on 305 days lactation.
Buying numbers from the Nairobi female offering were A & PE Pratico and Kingsley McSwain, Chapman Hill.
The Pratico family purchased three females at $3400, $3300 and $2100, while Kingsley McSwain, secured two at $4200 and $2300.
Nairobi stud offered and sold seven females at an average of $3486.
After successfully clearing its bull offering the Carenda stud offered and sold two females both at $3000.
The two Carenda females were purchased by GA & LE Jenkins, Treeton stud.
Mackline stud, Boyanup, sold its sole female for $2000 to FJ & BA Foster, Wilyabrup.