Blue Ribbon bulls make $8000
Landmark's Blue Ribbon Bull Sale, held last week at the Great Southern Regional Saleyards, Mt Barker, reached a top price of $8000.
Landmark auctioneer John Wirth said the sale topper, Naracoopa Knockout, a polled Simmental bull, displayed a ton of length when it was led into the sale ring.
Naracoopa stud principals Kevin and Janice Hard, of Denmark, knew the bull had a fan, with a family member keen to take it home.
It was Mrs Hard's sister, Raelene Vigus, of Tingledale, who was the successful bidder, after earlier viewing the bull on-property.
"He has volume, depth and good EBVs to produce baby beef," Mrs Vigus said.
Overall the bull sale drew a big crowd to witness one of the first bull sales of the season.
Mr Wirth said prices were strong throughout the multi-breed sale which offered Angus, Simmental, Murray Grey, Charolais and Blonde d' Aquitaine bulls.
Landmark offered a total of 52 bulls and sold 49 for an average price of $5051 which was up $369/head on last year, when 44 bulls sold for an average price of $4682.
Also having success with the Simmental breed was WA College of Agriculture, Denmark, which offered Inlet Views Kryptonite, which sold for the schools stud record price of $7500 and bought by account IJ & A Higgins, of Frankland River.
Angus bulls made up half the offering, the popular breed reaching a $7500 equal second top price of the sale.
The bull, Mason Valley Night Fury K42, was offered by the Burrow family, of Mason Valley Angus stud, Albany, and bought by account FV Hortin & Sons, of Torbay.
The Hortin family bought two other Mason Valley bulls for $5750 and $5250.
Mason Valley offered and sold 11 bulls for the second best average price of $5432.
Topping the sale averages, Quicksilver Charolais stud offered and sold six bulls for an average price of $6000.
Doug and Dani Giles, of Quicksilver stud, Newdegate, offered an 880kg bull which sold for $7250 to account PR & SM Marshall, of Torbay.
Bornholm producer Graham Ayres bought three Quicksilver bulls for an average price of $6250.
Mr Ayers said the bulls were well muscled and would be put over Angus/Friesian females.
Viv Giles, of Willawa Greys, offered and sold six Murray Grey bulls with new buyers Desrae and Steven Lee Steere, of Wingalup Grazing, Boyup Brook, successful on the $5750 top-price.
The Lee Steeres were also first time buyers on a Naracoopa Simmental bull for $7000.
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