IT was held at a new sale facility on a new property, but it was the same top result at last week's Lawsons Angus yearling bull sale at Manypeaks, recently.
All up 52 bulls were offered for sale and there was a 100 per cent clearance to a top of $9000 and a $4683 average.
It was the second time that the Lawsons Angus team, Bevan and Rebecca Ravenhill and their family and Independent Rural Agent, Colin Thexton, Pemberton, had conducted the sale completely electronically through the AuctionsPlus system.
Again buyers embraced the concept with many logging in on their phones and iPads to make bids in a relaxed and quiet atmosphere.
They followed their bids on two large TV screens and many appreciated the opportunity to walk out of the shed to inspect the bulls in their pens during the sale to ensure they were getting the bulls they were after.
While it was Lawsons' fifth Albany bull sale, it was the first sale held at the Ravenhill's new Manypeaks property, after they decided to sell their Youngs Siding property.
Bevan Ravenhill said the new facility went well even though there was still a bit of work to do on the property.
"In terms of the sale, producers bought the bulls that fitted their disciplined breeding programs," he said.
"The support we have had from our existing clients and new buyers has been outstanding and they embrace our selling system, which is unique.
"Bulls went across WA and into Tasmania and Victoria and we were delighted with the 100pc clearance."
All up 46 people logged onto the AuctionsPlus system to participate in the sale and there were 290 online bids.
Mr Thexton said to record a 100pc clearance was a great achievement after a tough season in the south last year, that saw a number of females sold out of breeding herds.
"The quality of the bulls was excellent," he said.
"Once again they showed top figures and temperament and the overall presentation of the bulls was outstanding.
"The sale had excellent support from loyal buyers and it is a credit to Bevan and Rebecca that they have put together this sale result while developing a new property."
The $9000 top price bull stayed local with Denmark farmers Andrew and David Richardson, Kentdale Grazing, the successful purchasers.
The bull, Lawsons Momentum P141, was a GAR Momentum son and out of Lawsons Prophet M1723.
The Richardsons have been buying yearling bulls from Lawsons Angus for six years.
They said they liked the top price bull for its structure and correctness.
"He is nice and thick and is way up on everything in terms of figures," Andrew said.
"He has good EMA and marbling and visually he really appealed to us.
"We haven't used the Momentum bloodline before but we have had some Prophet blood bulls in our herd."
David Richardson said the Lawsons Angus bulls were tried and proven within their herd.
"Calving ease is an important trait for us as is structure and these bulls fill our requirements," he said.
"We are more than happy to buy yearlings because you are really getting a year of breeding for nothing."
Lawsons Momentum P141 was a March 2018 drop calf that had growth figures of +53 for 200-day weight, +99 for 400-day and +115 for 600-day.
It was in the top 10pc of the breed for heavy grain index, 400-day growth and carcase weight and the top 5pc of the breed for domestic index, eye muscle area and marbling.
It also had the Lawsons' red tick for calving ease.
The bull weighed in at 542kg and had a scrotal circumference of 35cm.
The Momentum sons were well sought after in the sale, with the 10 offered averaging $5925.
The equal second top price bull of the sale, set at $8250, was also a Momentum son.
Selling in lot 36 this bull, Lawsons Momentum P140, was out of Lawsons Prophet M1783 and was also good on the figures-side.
At +131 for domestic index, it was in the top 10pc of the breed, as was its 400-day growth rate at +96.
Its marbling of +3.7 and its EMA of +9.9 put it in the top 5pc of the breed for these traits.
It also weighed in at 526kg with a scrotal measurement of 33cm.
Progeny of GAR Prophet were also chased by buyers at the sale with its eight sons averaging $6531.
It was also in the Prophet progeny group that the other $8250 second top-priced bull of the sale was found, when lot one made that amount.
This bull, Lawsons Prophet P211, was out of the well known Lawsons Bartel line with its dam being Lawsons Bartel J154.
The bull was a March 27, 2018 drop calf that weighed in at 606kg, which made it the heaviest bull in the catalogue.
Its figures were also top notch and a +101 for 400-day growth and +3.5 IMF put it in the top 5pc of the breed.
It was also in the top 10pc of the breed for heavy grain index at +161, for 600-day weight at +128, domestic index at +143 and carcase weight at +73.
Three bulls hit the $8000 mark and these were all Prophet sons sitting in lots two, three and four.
Lot two, Lawsons Prophet P185, was out of Lawsons Bartel K211 and had the second highest 400-day growth rate in the sale at +103, which also put it in the top 5pc of the breed.
Other figures that were off the charts included its domestic index figure of +153, which was one of the highest in the catalogue and also in the top 1pc of the breed.
Its heavy grain index of +171 and an IMF of +3.5 were both in the top 5pc of the breed.
Lot three, Lawsons Prophet P199, was out of Lawsons Bartel J702 and had the second best domestic index in the sale at +153, which was also in the top 1pc of the breed and it was in the top 5pc for its heavy grain index of +171 and its IMF (+3.3) and 400-day weight (+101).
Lot four, Lawsons Prophet P252, was out of a Lawsons Henry K201 cow and at +106 for 400-day growth and +133 for 600-day, was one of the top ranked bulls for growth rate in the sale.
Other higher prices in the sale included $6750 for a Momentum son, $6500, also for a Momentum son and $6000 paid for a Prophet son.
The first drop of calves by Get Cracking G10 were also offered in the sale and these sold to a top of $4500 for lot 24.
Sons of Paringa Judd J5 were also popular on the day topping at $5750 twice to conclude the sale.
Given the electronic nature of the sale, there were no buyer names provided for this report, but there was a mix of South West and South Coast bidders in attendance at the sale as well as those operating electronically from across Australia.