Sheron bull to $9500 top
Sheron Farm 100 per cent grass-fed Angus bulls reached a $9500 top-price last week at Benger.
Overall, there was improved quality on the offering of 23 bulls through Landmark, with 18 sold for an average price of $5028, up $619/head on last year when 22 bulls sold for an average price of $4409.
Landmark auctioneer Tiny Holly said the improved quality of bulls was very noticeable.
“Sheron Farm’s investment in genetics is starting to flow through,” he said.
“We sold above expectations to many repeat and new buyers.”
Coolup cattleman Merv Williams, who was a first-time buyer at the Benger stud, paid the $9500 top-price for Sheron Farm Nathaniel N14.
Mr Williams recently registered his family’s Willarty Angus and will slowly build up the stud, looking to increase the capacity of the herd’s female breeders.
“In my selection, I was guided by mature cow weight with N14 being my first pick,” he said.
With full Estimated Breeding Values catalogued on every Sheron Farm bull, N14’s growth figures of +57, +102 and +140, were all in the top 5 per cent of the breed, with MCW off the chart (168) well over 1 per cent.
The 25-month-old bull, sired by Te Mania Emperor E343 and out of Strathtay Annabelle H106, tip the scales at 904kg.
The underbidder on N14 was Ross Manning, of Busselton.
Returning to the sale, Ralph Maiolo, of Coolup, liked the make and shape of Sheron Farm Noel N4, securing the Paringa Judd J5 sired son for the $8000 second top-price.
Mr Maiolo also will be putting Sheron Farm Nick N16, also sired by Paringa, over his family’s 400 commercial Angus breeders spread over properties at Coolup and Narrogin, securing that bull for $5500.
These Paringa bulls were more moderate in their EBV growth weights.
New buyer WA College of Agriculture, Cunderdin, paid $6500 for Sheron Farm Norse N92, sired by Pathfinder Genesis G357.
Upon entering the sale arena, Mr Holly said N92 had the figures and was the “one to buy”.
College farm manager Daniel De Beer had the bull as his first pick saying the long bodied N92 had a productive hind quarter and had magnificently balanced EBVs.
“The college will run the bull with Angus cross cows,” he said.
Yarloop commercial Angus breeder Andrew Jenkins paid $5000 and $4000 for bulls, both sired by Booroomooka Inspired G662.
“I bought Sheron Farm bulls last year and they have performed well over my herd of 180 breeders,” he said.
Two Sheron Farm bulls will go to work at new buying account, Pleasant Valley Pastoral at Esperance, both secured through Landmark for $4000 each.
Sheron Farm principal Jim Moore told the crowd, including 25 registered buyers, that next year’s sale will offer a new line of genetics, including AI sired sons by NSW’s Millah Murrah stud sires.
Countryman was keen to get a preview of the powerhouse sires in the Sheron Farm paddock and Millah Murrah Kruse Time K400 was a stand-out.
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