Green Triangle Sale Report

March 23, 2017

By Catherine Miller
Courtesy Stock Journal


                            2017        2016

Offered              25             25

Sold                     21            13

Top                 $8000        $6500

Av                    $5079         $3538

A RESURGENCE in the Murray Grey breed was evident at the Green Triangle production sale at Western Flat on Wednesday last week, where the bull average lifted more than $1500.

In a healthy 84 per cent clearance, 21 of 25 bulls averaged $5079.

The 38 commercial females with calves also sold well, averaging $2235.

Vendors Geoff & Kate Buick, Arki stud and Anthony &Denise Fabris, Beeamma stud were rewarded for a great offering of well-muscled, easy doing bulls with balanced Breedplan figures.

Sale hosts Arki received top price honours with two-year-old  Arki Lucrative L35 making $8000.

The eye appealing bull – a 956 kilogram son of Jomal Glen Himalaya H3- was knocked down to Elders Naracoorte’s Alan Thomson.

He was bidding for BN&LK Luke, Rosehill, Frances, who also bought the Green Triangle sale topper in 2015.

The silver coloured bull was the reserve junior champion bull at the 2016 Royal Melbourne Show.

It had impressive Breedplan figures to match, being in the top 15 per cent of all growth traits and top 5pc for milk.

The sale’s $7500 second top price was Arki Lifesaver L42 – a long bull with great carcase dimensions.

It was bought by WB&AB Mune, Swedes Flat, one of two they bought for a $6500 average.

Beeamma stud sold their offering to $6000 high twice.

Balnaves Pastoral snapped up Beeamma Kyle K35, a 29 month-old sired by Monterey Film Star F71.

Kyle was a member of Beeamma’s reserve interbreed sire’s progeny team at the 2016 Royal Adelaide Show.

The other $6000 bull, Beeamma Lionel L10,  sold to Geoff & Jill Gale, Monarto.

The sale kicked off with eight pens of commercial first calvers, with day-old to five-week-old calves, displaying the maternal attributes the breed is renowned for.

Platinum Livestock’s Ben Dohnt, Strathalbyn secured the top females from both studs at $2500 each, on behalf of  new client Jalacase Investments, Mylor.

Thirty four registered bidders, from western Vic to the Mid North converged on the sale in one of the largest crowds in the sale’s history.

NJ Sealey, Casterton, Vic was the sale’s volume buyer with three bulls for a $4500 average and three commercial females at $2000 each.

Elders stud stock manager Tony Wetherall said the competition was strong on the top end but there were still plenty of opportunities, with six bulls making $4000.

“The presentation and quality of the bulls was a credit to both studs,” he said.

“The female sale was very strong indicating people were prepared to pay for quality and the bull sale flowed on from there.”

Mr Buick said the strong result reflected the “positive times” in the beef industry but also excellent returns being enjoyed by Murray Grey breeders.

“Breeders are benefitting from the premiums on offer in the pasture fed programs and EU market and the ability of Murray Greys to meet MSA (Meat Standards Australia) specifications,” he said.

“In mid February steers from Kingston sold up to $4.14/kg.”

Arki has a bull and three females reserved for the Murray Grey National Show & Sale in Wodonga, Vic on April 21.


LUCRATIVE RETURN: Arki stud’s Kate and Geoff Buick with Elders’ Alan Thomson and Tony Wetherall with the $8000 sale topper, Arki Lucrative L35.

HILLS BUY: Platinum Livestock’s Ben Dohnt bought 15 females to a $2500 high for Jalacase Investments, Mylor.