Its Thumbs Up for 2009 Inaugural Production Sale
The prospect of an on-farm sale was entered into with some healthy debate (lasting several years as should any decent farming issue!). We finally took the plunge this year and pulled out all the stops to make it happen. And, post sale we can say it was well worth the effort and that we were happy with our inaugural production sale.
The bulls presented well and came up a treat - in condition and phenotype. We had numerous comments about the thickness and type of the bulls we offered. Whilst the sale got off to a shaky start and some of the better bulls in the sale were passed in. It was pleasing to see that the new sale format was accepted quite well and a good atmosphere was developed by the crowd of approximately 100 and the charismatic charm of John Wirth and the team in Green. The crowd was made up of mostly locals, friends showing their support (volunteers), potential clients along with new and existing clients.(Picture: Lot 1 Bundaleer Candidate sold $3000)
It is marvellous being in control of our annual sale after several years of uncertainty regarding selling venues. Looking ahead we are excited about our upcoming genetics and look forward to supplying well grown, thick, square butted bulls with an easy doing constitution.
We are excited about the opportunites the Murray Grey breed offers the beef industry. And, after talking to various breeders throughout Australia from various breeds stud and commercial alike, this view is well supported.
We would like to thank our repeat clientele for their ongoing support over the years and hope that our breeding objective remains on-track, allowing you to improve your bottom line. I hope our new clients will be impressed with their calves and our level of service in years to come. For those that came to have a look I thank you for your time and hope that some time in the future we can be of service to you. (Above left: Bundaleer Cash Flow Y6 - feature sire)
BULLS Five sires were represented in the sale with the majority being sired by Bundaleer Cashflow Y6 (11 Sons Top: $5500 Avg: $3400). His sons were thick, well muscled and moderately framed (5-6.8). Bundaleer Powerplay A2 had three sons in the sale with an average of $4300. Two of these bulls are three quarter brothers to the pair of heifers we had at the Perth Royal Show in 08. They took out the double in the heifer section plus grand champion female. As one of the few 8 star sires in the breed for tenderness Power Play's progeny offer something unique. We also offered a line-up of heifer-bulls that were guaranteed for calving ease (i.e. we offered a $50 rebate on any heifer requiring veterinary assistance during calving). This was received quite well with one commercial client taking three of these bulls all sired by Bundaleer Alpha A1. (Top left: Bundaleer Castro C66 - Top Price bull $5500 Left: Bundaleer Class Act C72 Second Top Price $5250)
The females kicked off well with the first pen topping $950 (Left). They were silver, medium framed mostly 18-20mths and primarily out of our first calvers, sired by Alpha A1. All commercial heifers were sold with a full set of Breedplan figures that included scan data. Their average growth EBV figures across (200,400 & 600) were in the top 15% of the breed.
Some great buys were had in the stud female section with three-in-one units selling from $1800-$4100 with the top female being by Willalooka Mainbreak V856 with a Bundaleer True Blue heifer calf at foot. It was also pleasing to see Raymond Park bidding on two of our lots after buying our genetics at the World Congress in 2005. Most of the stud females offered growth figures at the top of the breed and it was pleasing that buyers were wrapped with the value for money they offered. (Below: Bundaleer Caesar C25 - One of seven bulls sold for $2500)
It was a great effort by all and we would like to make a special acknowledgment of the following people; Terry Nichols, Dan & Emma Brooks, Ken & Marree Brooks, John Mathieson, Michael Mathieson, Charles Ellies, Jock Embry. And finally, a big thanks to my parents, Cliff and Penny Owen and my gorgeous wife Amy.