Bonny sale for interstate buyers

Sally HincksCountryman

Coming back for more Bonnydale black, Mt Gambier's Mark and Julie Peucher paid the Bridgetown stud's $11,500 top price on Monday.

It was the Introvigne family's 16th on-property sale and the top price was for Bonnydale Knoxville, a long, deep 630kg polled black Simmental yearling bull by Kappes Trailblazer S516.

The February 2011-drop and free-moving bull sported a good butt profile as he was paraded in the ring by stud co-principal Rob Introvigne.

The Peuchers bought a $8500 black Simmental at last year's Bonnydale sale after having started their connection with the Introvigne family in 2009.

The Peuchers trade as Corinda Downs which was the name of their Simmental stud until they dispersed it a few years back.

They now run a commercial Simmental-Angus herd comprising about 350 cows which they join to black Simmentals.

The Peuchers also bought Bonnydale Kilotonne for $8750, which was last year's sale top price and coincidentally also bought by the Peuchers.

Also from interstate was Collie Cattle Company consultant Ian Collie, of Kyneton, Victoria, who bought Bonnydale SA Kansas, a polled black SimAngus at $6000, the top price in this category.

The long, deep Kansas is a January 2011-drop poll bull and was sired by Coonamble Z3AAS 0Z 033.

Ian has been with Mike and Rob Introvigne since their venture into black Simmentals and has been buying Bonnydale bulls for his clients since then.

The bull will be used in Ian's own stud, Triple C, where 60 breeders are joined.

Top price in the traditional Simmentals was $6000 for Bonnydale Jesse James, an 818kg March 2010-drop bull, and $6000 for Bonnydale Jones, a deep 758kg polled bull.

Jesse James was bought by ET Carroll & Co, of Nannup, and was sired by Bonnydale Hawkeye MBB P D O92.

The well-muscled bull's good butt profile impressed onlookers.

Bonnydale Jones was also by Hawkeye and his buyer was AC & HM Hawley, of King River, via Albany.

Back in the black Simmentals, Jarnadup Investments Pty Ltd, of Manjimup, bought Bonnydale Kentucky (P) at $5500 and Bonnydale Knick G253 (P) at $8250.

Also buying at $8250 were Brian and Lesley McDonald, of Karridale, first-time buyers at Bonnydale. Their selection was Bonnydale Kilovolt (P).

Return buyers L M and P Dellagostino, of Esperance, bought Bonnydale Kernel (P) at $6500.

In the black SimAngus, RE Pessotto, of Manjimup, bought Bonnydale SA Kentucky (P) at $5000 and B SA Kano (P) at $5500.

GL & VJ Roberts, of Capel, bought B SA Knight (P) and B SA Kennedy (P) at $3000 each.

In the traditional Simmentals, Mostert Dairy PL, of Keysbrook, bought B Jackman (P), B F53 (P) and B Jinker(P) for $3000 each.

Mike Wringe, of Kirup, bought B Jet at $4750, while G & TJ Ross & Co, of Denmark, bought B Javelin at $4750.

Elders stud and commercial cattle manager Darren Chatley said the best bulls sold extremely well and there were a few new buyers.

"And in less than half an hour another 11 passed-in bulls were sold immediately after the sale," he said.

"The Simmentals were good quality, though 100kg lighter than last year because of a bad 2010 season. The quality of the black Simmentals and SimAngus was outstanding."

Bonnydale on-property 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>Black Simmental </td> <td>25 </td> <td>16 </td> <td>$11,500 </td> <td>$5984 </td> </tr> <tr> <td>Black SimAngus </td> <td>15 </td> <td>5 </td> <td>$6000 </td> <td>$4500 </td> </tr> <tr> <td>Simmental </td> <td>25 </td> <td>16 </td> <td>$6000 </td> <td>$3766 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table>

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