The Torrisi family of Black Market Angus stud in Boyanup, found solid support at their Annual Angus Bull Sale resulting in a stud record top price of $44,000 and a total clearance of 48 bulls. Their sale, conducted by Nutrien Livestock and held on March 1 at the Boyanup saleyards, brought a big crowd, including 56 registered bidders who contributed to the stud record average price of $10,875, up $37/head on last year when 34 bulls sold for an average of $10,838. Nutrien Livestock auctioneer Chris Waddingham said the Torrisi family offered an outstanding line-up of quality bulls. “The improved sale result with a record $44,000 top-price speaks volumes of the genetic improvement happening at Black Market,” he said. “The buying galleria showed their appreciation for the quality on offer.” Black Market studmaster Paul Torrisi said 40 of the 48 bulls were by leading US and Australian AI sires. “We utilise AI and ET extensively to accelerate genetic progress to enable our clients to select direct sons from proven sires,” he said. This was highlighted with the sale topper, Black Market Troopy S150 that was secured in a 50-50 partnership between two Esperance cattlemen, including commercial producer Wes Graham and Allegria Park Angus stud co-principal Andrew Kuss. Mr Graham said the Millah Murrah Paratrooper P15-sired son was out of exceptional pedigree with particular interest on the dam side — the combination making for great replacement females in his herd of 2400 breeders. “The bull is very correct with additional stretch down the spine,” he said. Troopy S150 recorded Estimated Breeding Values in the top five per cent of the breed for gestation length (-8.8), net feed efficiency (-0.35), and growth figures including +67, +116 and +151 for 200, 400 and 600-day weights. Mr Kuss said it was his first purchase of a MM Paratrooper P15 son, which included the added pedigree impact on the dam side. He said the bull’s dam, Black Market Undine N069, goes back to brilliant matron Texas Undine H647 while N069’s pedigree included being sired by Coonamble Hector H249, a bull out of proven dam Coonamble E9. “He will be used as a back-up bull for stud heifers and cows as well as a semen sire for our AI program,” Mr Kuss said. “I liked that S150 had positive fat figures and his eye muscle area was in the top one per cent (+15.4 per cent).” From a catalogue representing 16 different sires, it was the first time Paratrooper P15 sons were offered in the Black Market sale. The six Paratrooper sons in the line-up sold for an average price of $24,000 with three sold to an undisclosed buyer for $20,000 each. The $29,000 second top-priced bull, Black Market Krakatoa S340, sired by Milwillah Krakatoa K92, was secured by Nannup account S Camarri & Co. Nutrien Livestock auctioneer Chris Waddingham said the Camarri family selected S340 for its outcross genetics and very low birthweight (+1.0), contributing to its top five per cent for calving ease direct (+9.0). He said the easy calving traits did not give up any growth in S340s EBVs setting up a good sire for the Camarris to use as a backup bull in their AI program across heifers. “The Camarri family will breed their own herd bulls with S340 aiming for good bulk and growth,” Mr Waddingham said. The $24,000 third top-priced bull, Black Market Troopy S151, a full brother to the sale topper, was secured by the Harris family, of Treeton Lake in Cowaramup. Mr Waddingham said S151 offered the same genetic profile as its full brother, and would suit well in the Treeton Lake commercial herd of 370 cows and heifers. The Harris family also secured two other Black Market bulls for $11,000 and $10,000. Volume buyers included Donnybrook account Capel Creek that secured four bulls to a top of $11,000 and average price of $9000. Dandaragan account Stoney Pastoral Company secured five bulls to a top of $10,000 and average price of $8000. Mr Waddingham said the Stoney family were selecting for good birthweight bulls that were thick and deep to produce high quality weaners for the South West grass-fed market.