$20,500 Poll Hereford bull reigns Supreme

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Tone Park stud principals David and Kate Turner were pleased to have their Lincoln Red bull sell to a WA breed record top price of $8500.
Camera IconTone Park stud principals David and Kate Turner were pleased to have their Lincoln Red bull sell to a WA breed record top price of $8500. Credit: Countryman

Hereford bulls and their poll equivalent shined to a record top-price of $20,500 at last week’s WA Supreme Bull Sale at Brunswick.

Yallaroo Miracle M012, a 999kg Poll Hereford sold for a record stud price to first-time Yallaroo buyer Paul Hawkins, of Dinninup.

Mr Hawkins did not stop there, amassing another four Hereford bulls including an $11,000 Poll, House Magic M8, setting up an overall average price of $10,000, believed to be the highest average price ever paid in WA for a team of Hereford bulls.

Mr Hawkins and his family, who moved to WA four years ago after living in the heart of Hereford country at Armidale, NSW, now run 700 pure Hereford breeders at their Forrest View property.

Through Landmark agent Ben Cooper, Mr Hawkins was more than pleased to select bulls at Brunswick on their genetic ability to infuse efficient feed conversion and muscling into their progeny for performance off grass.

It was another exceptional sale for Yallaroo principals Rob and Heather Francis, of Busselton, who have seen a surge in demand in recent years as producers relish the Hereford’s performance characteristics.

Repeat Yallaroo buyer Eddie Wedge, of Gingin, paid the $15,000 second top-price for Yallaroo Mustang M14 while Robert Hain, of Gunyah Herefords, NSW, was back to pay $12,500 for Yallaroo Marshall M35.

Also liking M35, was long-time Yallaroo supporter Graeme Payne, of Karridale, who paid $6000 for lot 45, which will go towards a cross-breeding program.

John House, of House Herefords, College Grove, achieved a stud record average price of $8100/head for five bulls sold.

Eric Moltoni, of Greenland Poll Hereford stud, Pemberton, made a beeline to the pub to cool down after selling his two bulls to a top of $5000 on a day when temperatures and humidity soared and some bulls were not so co-operative moving into the sale ring.

The Supreme sale hosted a variety of other cattle breeds including Angus, Simmental, Blonde D’Aquitaine, Charolais, Murray Grey, Lincoln Red and Shorthorns.

A traditional Simmental bull, Bullock Hills Max M50 (P), sired by Bonnydale Lethal Weapon (P), sold to Norm Trigwell, of Nu-Plains stud, Boyanup, for $10,000.

Elders agent Mal Barrett said Nu-Plains, as a first-time Bullock Hills buyer, was selecting for a well put together Poll bull with good EBV growth weights (top 5 per cent) and outcross genetics to put over stud cows.

The Patterson family, of Bullock Hills, at Katanning, also found success with their black Simmentals selling to a top of $7500 to account RH Norman & Son, of Busselton.

In the Angus catalogue, four studs presented a total of 23 bulls with Carenda, of Katanning, and White Valley, of Dardanup, sharing top-price honours.

Yarlup commercial producer Oliver Venables paid $8000 for Carenda Gatsby M18 for the bull’s good growth, eye muscle area and carcase attributes.

The 914kg Angus bull, sired by Milwillah Gatsby G279, recorded Estimated Breeding Values of +55, +95 and +135 for 200, 400 and 600-day weights (all top 5 per cent of the breed).

Another first-time buyer of Carenda, Jeremy Stefani, of Busselton, paid $5000 and $4000 for lots 1 and 29 respectively.

White Valley sold an $8000 bull, sired by Coonamble Hunter H274, to Ponderosa stud, of Green Valley.

Jutland Park Angus stud, of Serpentine, made its debut at the sale selling a Coonamble Elevator E11 son for $7500 to account Je & BLM Higgins, of Frankland.

Breaking a State record price, a Lincoln Red bull, Tone Park M9, sold for $8500 to repeat buying account Charinga Park Pastoral, of Coonawarra, South Australia.

Tone Park principals David and Kate Turner, of Boyup Brook, returned after a 20-year absence at Brunswick to showcase their Lincoln Red cattle outside their normal sale venue at Narrogin.

During the Charolais offering, with 29 bulls the biggest volume of any one breed, a Copplestone bull, C Mada M27 (P), took top-price bragging rights selling for $7500 account Jenour & Son, of Bunbury.

Murray Grey bulls found favour when 12 of the 13 bulls on offer sold to a top-price of $7000 for Nanagara Moonshine, which sold to account GR Teasdale, of Badgingarra.

The Blonde D’Aquitaine offering of five bulls found disappointment with only one selling at the fall of the hammer, Uranongo Matrix, for $3500.

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