All go for best average ever

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"Best average ever, and a total clearance to boot," was how Diamond Tree stud principal Kim Gandy summed up his family's Angus bull sale held last week in Manjimup.

The Gandy family cleared all 52 bulls offered for an average price of $6000, or a huge $985 per head increase on last year when 51 sold for an average price of $5015.

The catalogue featured seven stud-bred sires which represented all but one of the 52 bulls offered.

"We have given the stud's depth of breeding a real test this year by offering mostly bulls by home-bred sires," Mr Gandy said.

The $9000 top-priced bull, Diamond Tree Eclipse F77, was sired by Diamond Tree Eclipse C157 which goes back to Kenny's Creek W111.

Elders auctioneer Dennis Roberts introduced the bull to the sale ring as the heaviest bull in the sale at 1060kg.

The big-framed Angus was bought by WD & IN Phillips, of Kanangra Grazing, Manjimup, who also secured another son of C157 for $6750.

Mal Phillips and son Dean and daughter Lyndsay selected the bulls for two different roles.

"Both will be put over a nucleus of 80 Kanangra Angus cows to breed commercial bulls for either pastoral cattle or the family's local beef herd," Mr Phillips said.

"We selected for big frames, large eye muscle area (EMA) and high birth weights."

The sale topper recorded EBVs of +37, +70 and +89 for 200, 400 and 600-day weights and an EMA of +3.1, while the Phillips' other bull had a birth weight of +8.6 and EMA of +4.9.

There were 13 bulls in the sale sired by C157, of which six were sold for $7000 or more.

Mr Gandy said the proven sire had excellent EBV figures of +7 for birth weight, +54 for 200-day weight, both in the top one per cent of the breed.

"The bull is also well above average for all indexes," he said.

Another popular sire was Diamond Tree Equator C316 which goes back to BT Equator 395M.

A son of C316, Diamond Tree Modest F99 sold for the $8000 second top-price to Cays Investment, of Bridgetown.

First-time buyer of Diamond Tree bulls, Angus Youngson, of Cays Investments, said he would cross the bull over Murray Grey cows.

"We run a breeding herd of 80 which includes some Diamond Tree Angus heifers," Mr Youngson said.

The Carroll family, who trade as Rayview Park, of Mt Barker, bought three bulls, each of different Diamond Tree sires.

Repeat buyer Jarrad Carroll paid $7250 for a C157 son, $7250 for a C316 son and $4500 for a Diamond Tree Right Time D201 son.

"The outcross genetics will go over some of our mature cows in the family's 750 pure Angus herd," Mr Carroll said.

Another son of C157 was bought by DJ & MDJ Milne, of Cundinup, for $7250.

New buyer ARW Nominees, of Busselton, bought two sons of C157 and one son of Diamond Tree Right Time D210 for $7000, $6250 and $5250 respectively.

Elders agent Terry Tarbotton said the bulls would be used in ARW's 200 pure Angus cow herd.

FV Horton and Sons, of Denmark, bought three bulls for $7000 each.

Also securing $7000 bulls were Brett Chatley, of Elders Busselton, AG & SA Wolfe, of Young Siding, D & D Roche, of Pemberton, who bought two at that price, EW & ME Rose, of Witchcliffe, and GN Wilkinson, of Badgingarra.

Mr Gandy said the overwhelming list of 62 registered buyers appreciated the quality.

Landmark auctioneer John Wirth said many purchasers were satisfied return buyers.

The Gandys will again up the ante next year when the stud introduces a new Canadian Angus sire, Old Post.

"His sons will be available in 2013," Mr Gandy said.

Diamond Tree sale * <table border="1"> <tbody> <tr> <td align="left">BREED </td> <td>OFFERED </td> <td>SOLD </td> <td>TOP PRICE </td> <td>AVERAGE </td> </tr> <tr> <td>Angus </td> <td>52 </td> <td>52 </td> <td>$9000 </td> <td>$6000 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table>

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