Woodbourn Sale

May 27, 2021

Written by KAROLIN MACGREGOR, Tasmanian Country

Huge demand from five different states saw a complete clearance at this week’s Woodbourn Murray Grey sale and pushed average prices to a new stud record.

A large crowd turned out for the Wallace family’s 42nd on farm sale, which was also interfaced with AuctionsPlus.

This year an increased number of 40 bulls went under the hammer, making an average of $10,225, a jump of about $1500 compared to last year.

Charles Wallace said they were thrilled with the sale results.

“We’re absolutely chuffed,” he said.

“We had increased the number of bulls by seven this year to try and make sure everyone who wanted one could get one. The number of repeat buyers here again is very good to see because it means they’re happy to come back and buy Woodbourn bulls year after year.”

The top priced bull was lot six, Woodbourn Quaker Q98 which sold for $22,000 to Craig and Jacinta Grant from the Lindsay Murray Grey stud from Coalraine in Victoria.

The bull was bought for the stud by Nutrien agent Tim Woodham who attended the sale.

Mr Woodham said the bull’s exceptional Breedplan figures and physical traits, including plenty of thickness, were exactly what the Lindsay Stud was looking for.

Another long-term buyer at Woodbourn is Chris Hines from Hamilton in Victoria whose family has been breeding Murray Greys since the late 1950s.

Mr Hines purchased four bulls at this week’s sale.

“We look for higher index bulls that are a really good type,” he said.

This year cattle sold to five states including Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia Queensland as well as Tasmania.

A selection 11 registered mature females, which included cows and calves were also offered this year, which made a top price of $9500 and averaged $7045.

All 18 registered stud heifers offered were also sold, topping at $6250 and averaging $4397.

Major buyers at the sale this year were RD Paton from Cawood at Ouse who bought four bulls to a top of $11,000.

Long-time Murray Grey breeders the Smith family from Gladstone bought one bull for $18,000, and three females, which topped at $9500.

Repeat buyers Peter and Evonne Bowling from Surprise Bay Pastoral on King Island also had a busy sale taking home four bulls to a top of $14,000.


Caption- Top priced bull Woodbourn Quaker Q98 which sold for $22,000 to Lindsay Murray Greys in Victoria.