SUPERIOR genetics coupled with a catalogue of phenotypically-sound bulls led to a solid clearance at the 54th annual Holstein-Friesian bull sale held in Boyanup last week.
This year three vendors came together to offer a quality selection of 25 even sires that had tremendous maternal pedigrees behind them.
Following on from last year’s successful sale, this year the large buyer registration list enabled the joint Landmark and Elders team to clear 21 of the 25 bulls under the hammer to a top of $7500 and a healthy average of $3810, which was down $140 on last year.
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 the top price was marked down for lot five, Carenda Lauthority 202-ET 1773099.
The October 2011-drop son of Comestar Lauthority, was bred by the Kitchen family, Carenda Holstein stud, Boyanup and was snapped up by regular top price buyers Charlie and Kim Marino, Kimlie Pty Ltd, Harvey.
With the bidding opening at $3500, there was a battle in the stands between a number of potential buyers but in the end the Marinos secured the smooth coated, black bull for the sale top of $7500.
Charlie Marino said they have been on Carenda genetics for nearly 40 years and had a lot of success with the Kitchen’s genetics.
“I liked the bull’s conformation, production figures and believe he will slot in well in our milking herd of 250 head,” he said.
“He is a bit of an outcross to what we have already used.”
The bull had a lot of breeding behind it and was out of a proven matron, Carenda Informer Fresh 1368626, which had produced 9171 litres at six to seven years of age and recorded a protein level of 3.6 per cent, a butter fat of 4.5pc on a 305-day lactation and measured 87 production index (PI) within the herd.
The Marinos went on to purchase another Carenda sire out of Carenda Bullbar Fantasy-ET 1433367 on the day for $4000.
With the largest offering of 15 bulls, Carenda genetics certainly made an impact on buyers, with the stud not only achieving the day’s top price, it also reached a solid $4000 price tag on four separate occasions.
It was HD, AL & NT Lindberg, Forest Hill, that were willing to pay $4000 for lucky lot 13, while others to pay in the $4000 bracket were RB & H Mountford & Son, Margaret River, GA & LE Jenkins, Cowaramup and C & M Gardiner & Son, Bridgetown.
The Gardiners also paid $3750 for another Carenda bull.
At the end of the sale the Kitchen family had achieved a 100pc clearance for its 15 bulls at an average of $3800.
Back to offer eight well-bred bulls was Richard Hull, Eclipse Holstein stud, Harvey.
Topping the team at $4000 was lot two, Eclipse Dreams Bolton-ET 1774664, when it was secured by regular purchases FV Hortin & Sons, Torbay.
The nicely-muscled, long bull was sired by Sandy-Valley Bolton and out of Eclipse Alberto Dream-ET 1329195.
It had great milk components with its dam producing 11,452L as a eight to 10-year-old, 3.6pc protein and 4.6pc butter fat on a 305-day lactation.
BA & JA Armstrong, Northcliffe, weren’t leaving empty handed.
Liking what they saw in the Eclipse sires they purchased two red factor bulls from a superb cow family, Altitude Red, for $3250 each.
Securing the remaining Eclipse sire under the hammer for $2750 was P & AM Mostert, Redmond.
At the fall of the hammer Mr Hull had sold four of his eight sires to an average of $3313.
New vendors to this year’s sale were the Jenkins family, Treeton Holstein stud, Cowaramup.
The family put forward a smaller offering of two well-presented bulls and sold both including lot 21, Treeton Shottle Dandy 1726345, to a top of $5000.
Securing this striking, July 2012-drop sire was P & S Barbetti & Son, Waterloo.
The lengthy bull was sired by Picston Shottle and out of Treeton Informer Delicious 1402139, which had produced 10,896L at six years of age and recorded 3.4pc protein and 4.4pc butter fat on a 305-day lactation.
MG Armstrong wanted to secure new genetics for their herd and in doing so purchased Treeton Shout Clayton 1726336 for $4750.
Following the annual Holstein-Friesian bull sale was the seventh annual Western Classic Holstein female sale with the elite section of 14 breeders all selling under the hammer to an average of $2464.
A top of $3750 was achieved when lot five, Ponderosa Goldwyn Connie-ET 1528119, entered the ring and was secured by Dwayne and Colin Neill, Laurelden Farm, Boyanup.
The impressive reserve junior champion at the 2009 Perth Royal Show had produced 1501L at 61-months-old and recorded 2.6pc protein and 3.1pc butter fat.
The November 2008-drop cow, which calved on January 5, was sired by Braedale Goldwyn and out of Ponderosa Storm Connie 2nd 992390.
Dwayne Neill said they purchased the female to infuse new bloodlines and increase their stud herd of 250 milkers.
“She is a genuine cow who has great protein and butter fat percentages we were looking for,” he said.
The family purchased another Ponderosa female for $3000.
Not far behind in the price stakes was Ponderosa Sanchez Connie-ET 1575744 when the powerful, white female opened the sale and was bought by RB & H Mountford & Son, Margaret River, for $3500.
The stylish female, which was due to calve in May was sired by Gen-Mark Stmatic Sanchez, out of Ponderosa Strom Connie 2nd 992390.
Keeping the $3500 trend flowing was Landmark Dairy Services manager Steve Mountford, who purchased Ponderosa Shot Conni-ET 1575729 on behalf of R & N May, Cowaramup.
At auction the Giglia family, Ponderosa Holstein stud, Dardanup, offered a total of 10 highly productive females and sold all to a healthy average of $2450.
Three superb Carenda cows were up for the takings with all selling to a top of $2750 and to an average of $2500.
It was Carenda Firstup Varina 1770498 which P & S Barbetti & Son liked best and bought the pregnant female due to calve to Brongold on April 14 for $2750.
Jesmond Dairy, Rosa Glen and Kingsley McSwain, Busselton, secured Carenda’s other two breeders for $2500 each.
Back to offer a single female was the Fourie family, Honeymoon Holstein stud, Boyanup.
The young, sweet cow was on its first lactation having calved on January 15 and had already produced 6404L at two years of age and recorded 3.2pc protein and 3.4pc butter fat on a 278-day lactation.
Honeymoon Cosmic Jackie-ET 1630108 was snapped up by Kingsley McSwain for $2500.