Angus to $10,000
By Mike Harvey (Courtesy The Land Thursday September 9, 2004 page 55)
Angus bulls sold to $10,000, and 43 averaged $4349, in a 98 per cent clearance at the 17th annual sale for the Thompson family, Millah Murrah stud, Bathurst.
The top bull was bought by the Emery family, “James Park”, Crookwell, who have paid at least $10,000 at the past five Millah Murrah sales for bulls to produce feeder steers.
The sale-topper, a 698 kilogram, February 2003-drop son of Summitcrest Hi Flyer, from a Glenoch Megaforce heifer which calved at 22 months, was sold with a half semen share.
Sale auctioneer Paul Dooley, Elders, said the 16 to 18 month old bulls had come through tough Central Tablelands seasons with exceptional sale weights of 552kg to 706kg off pasture and a 10 per cent protein ration.
The Poole family, Llanillo stud, Wellington, paid $7000 for a March 2003 drop, 584 kg son of Hazeldean Renaissance, from a Bon View Balance female, in the best five per cent of the breed for birth weight.
A 700kg bull born the same month by Summitcrest Hi Flyer, sold for $6500 to Scone Pastoral Company, “Yarramoor Cottage”, Scone.
The heaviest bull in the sale, at 706kg, was a March drop son of BR New Design, from a Bon View Emulation female, sold for $6000 to Harry Porch, “Hazelmere”, Mendooran, who averaged $4417 for three.
Two full brothers of the embryo transfer calf made $3500 and $3000, while another topped the $2001 sale at $17,000 and their dam sold for $14,000 at the 2003 female sale.
Fosters Valley Pty Ltd, Rockley, paid $6500 for a 656kg, March drop son of Butchs Maximum, and MG & DJ Hirst at Mignon Stud, Tasmania, paid the same for possession and ½ semen share in a son of Hazeldean Renaissance from a New Design female.
Orange agents McCarron & Cullinane paid to $6250 and an average $5000 for three bulls for local clients, while $6000 bulls went to Limekilns Pastoral Company Bathurst and Michael McGill “Kirkvale”, Parkes.
Other averages included Ian Spicer, “Wangabutta”, Coonabarabran, three at $4500; Mike Gilder “Midlothian”, Merriwa, three at $2666; Rod Kater at “Bonnington”, Allynbrook, three at $2500; Three Brothers Station, Jamyca, Caloola, two at $5000 and Swatchfield Pty Lty, Black Springs, two at $3750.