Australia Murray Grey sales results

Monterey females sell to $7400

April 19, 2017

Female cattle prices reached a top-price of $7400 at the Monterey Ladies’ Day Female Sale last week at Karridale.

Monterey principals Gary and Julie Buller decided to reduce the size of their female stud herd after a lease expiry of a neighbouring 243ha property.

The sale topper, Monterey Miss Kuri H182, a five-year-old Murray Grey cow with heifer calf at foot, was sold to repeat buyers Dean Rasmussen and Marilyn Hansen, of Shell-Dee Murray Grey stud, Kingaroy, Queensland.

Mr Rasmussen said the cow had excellent correctness while Ms Hansen said she planned on showing the calf, Miss Kuri M250.

The cow was sired by Monterey Escalator E204 and out of Monterey Miss Kuri F65 and recorded Estimated Breeding Values of +30, +52 and +70 for 200, 400 and 600-day weights, top 5 to 10 per cent for the breed.

Mr Buller said Miss Kuri was sired by Monterey Hamersley H204 (top of its drop) and its dam, Miss Kuri H182, was pregnancy-tested-in-calf to Monterey Fleetwood F309. Shell-Dee also paid $3800 for Monterey Lolita F139 with a heifer calf at foot.

Later in the catalogue during the offering of 34 Murray Grey cows (some PTIC) David Corker, of Bullco Genetics, Boyup Brook, paid $6800 for Monterey Miss Opal, a six-year-old Murray Grey cow with a five-day-old bull calf at foot.

The cow was sired by Monterey Whirlwind and out of Monterey Miss Opal C277, while the calf was sired by Monterey Hudson H296.

Mr Corker said he would add the cow into his Wundam Park Murray Grey stud herd and had high hopes for the bull calf.

He also paid $3400 for another cow/calf unit.

The Wise family, of Southend Murray Grey stud paid $4600 for Monterey Melissa F268, a seven-year-old PTIC Murray Grey cow with a heifer calf at foot.

Southend also secured two PTIC Murray Grey cows for $6000 and $3400 and three PTIC Murray Grey matrons (11-year-old cows) for an average price of $3067.

Also very active at the sale on Murray Greys, Phil Tomlinson, of Albany, secured three PTIC cow/calf units to a top-price of $4200 and average price of $3867, five PTIC cows to a top-price of $5200 twice and average price of $4680.

Landmark agent Michael Lynch, who assisted, said Mr Tomlinson was in the process of registering a Murray Grey stud. In the Angus catalogue, Julie and Terry Earle, of Roesner Nominees, Harvey, secured the $6200 top-priced cow, Monterey Stella, a seven-year-old with a bull calf-at-foot.

The cow was sired by Lawsons Gar Direction X3 A423 and out of Monterey Stella A66.

Mr Buller said the cow has plenty of length, frame, width and volume and the bull calf was sired by Koojan Hills Unlimited F237.

The Earles, who were assisted by Rob Italiano, bought another Angus cow/calf unit for $4000 and also secured 9 PTIC commercial cows for an average price of $3967.

Account NHA & RL Stoney, of Redmond, paid $5600 for an Angus cow/calf unit.

Countryman Invitational Bull Sale Results

March 6, 2017

By Bob Garnant
Excerpt courtesy The West Australian

The annual event, conducted by Elders, Landmark and Primaries, offered 49 bulls in total.

Lindsay Bagshaw, of Young Guns Murray Grey stud, Hyden, offered a team of 16 bulls, with 12 selling to a stud record top price of $9500.

The upstanding 902kg Young Guns Lusty L49 sold to repeat buyer Gavin Auld, of Merredin, who runs a pure Murray Grey herd.

Mr Bagshaw said Lusty had colossal volume, great length and was very sound and structurally correct, and would breed true to type like its sire, YG Grand Slam.

“Lusty’s dam (YG Primrose U7) has been very successful in the stud,” he said.

Seven buyers were bidding on the Murray Grey catalogue, with three new buyers securing bulls, including account P and A Alvaro, of Merredin, which paid $5750 for YG Las Vegas L45.

Another $5750 equal second top-priced bull, YG Leroy L22, was bought by repeat buyer BW James and Sons, of Hyden, who secured a total of five Young Guns bulls for an average of $4550.

Account FS and KM James, of Hyden, bought two bulls for $5000 each. Mr Bagshaw said he recently inspected Frank James’ commercial herd. “The progeny going back to Young Guns bulls all looked very productive and even,” he said.

Lindsay Annual Production Sale Results

March 6, 2017

Bulls- Sold 30/32 top of $18,000, Average $8,683

Stud Heifers- 8/8 Top $5750 x 2, Average $3,937.50

Commercial Heifers- 26/26 Top $2,800, Average $2,729

Sold to 6 states, full report to follow.

Monterey bulls sell to $18,750 high

February 27, 2017

By Bob Garnant
Courtesy The West Australian

Monterey Murray Greys bulls sold to a top price of $18,750 at the stud’s 25th annual production sale last week at Karridale.

The stud achieved a record average price of $7306 for 40 bulls at the sale, in the Buller family’s undercover selling complex.

In his opening address, Monterey stud principal Gary Buller acknowledged his loyal supporters and said he was very pleased with how the stud’s bulls presented so evenly throughout the catalogue.

“Many of our very first bull buyers, including the Foster family, are here today,” he said.

As the crowd of visitors, including 83 registered buyers, filled the new complex, first-time attendee Rick Casagrande, of Ferguson Valley, was there for one reason.

Mr Casagrande was there to secure his first pick, Monterey Liquid Gold L79, which sold for the top price of $18,750.

As owner of Hot Weld in Bunbury, Mr Casagrande is a relatively new entrant into beef production.

“My aim is to build a registered Murray Grey herd with as much integrity as I have put into my steel fabrication business,” he said.

Assisted by Elders agent Mal Barnett, Mr Casagrande selected the bull for its excellent temperament and for being true to type.

“It is well balanced for such a big bull,” Mr Barnett said.

“The bull will go to work in a herd of 45 cows to breed replacement females.”

Liquid Gold, which weighed 872kg, was sired by Monterey Brandy Boy H4 and recorded Estimated Breeding Values of +59 and +91 for 400 and 600-day weights, respectively, both of which were in the top one per cent of the breed.

For all Murray Grey calves born in Australia and recorded for EBV EU Heavy Steer Index, Liquid Gold was rated number two in the country with a score of +89.

The underbidder on Liquid Gold was repeat buyer Maxine Greville, of Gingin Pastoral, who later paid $8000 for Monterey Lion King L28.

The second top-price Murray Grey bull sold to repeat buyer Chris Avery, of Scott River, for $13,750. The 844kg bull was sired by Monterey Megaforce and also recorded in the top one to 5 per cent for EBV growth. The Avery family also paid $13,000 for a bull sired by Monterey Hunza H42.

While one of Mr Buller’s top picks, Monterey Kalahari K304, did not reach a reserve price and was passed in at $12,000, account Silverstone, of Narrikup, secured a $13,500 bull, Monterey Luxembourg L69, through Landmark agent Jamie Abbs.

After the sale, Silverstone paid $14,000 for Kalahari through private negotiation.

Volume repeat buyer Mark Forrester, of Kanandah station, Kalgoorlie, bought seven Murray Grey bulls to a top price of $10,750 and average price of $6964.

In the Angus bull catalogue, Mr Forrester secured his first Monterey bulls, paying the $11,500 top price for Monterey Leader L56 and another two Angus bulls for $8500 and $4000.

Mr Forrester’s first pick, Monterey Leader L56, weighed the heaviest at 946kg and was one of Mr Buller’s top picks.

Sired by Carenda Stockman D34, Mr Buller described the bull as having terrific growth and weight for age.

Mr Forrester said he recently bought two properties in Esperance where he plans to run Angus breeders and expand his organic beef enterprise.

The $10,000 second top-priced Angus bull was bought by Helen Alexander, of DSK stud, in Coonabarabran, New South Wales.

The underbidder on Leader L56, Ms Alexander said she liked the sirey outlook of Monterey Lucky L150. The bull was out of Monterey Serene D128, which was described as an exceptional female. “Previously, I bought Monterey Angus cows and was pleased to return for a bull this year,” she said.

Account Gypsy Hill secured an Angus bull for $10,000, while Telina Downs, of Esperance, bought another for $8250.

In the female section of the sale, a pregnancy tested in-calf cow-calf unit sold for $7500 to NSW stud Hunter Valley.

The cow, Monterey Miss Katrina H62, was sired by Monterey Megaforce and was described as lovely natured with a top-quality bull calf at foot.

Another cow-calf unit, Monterey Annabelle D51, sold to Marilyn Hansen, of Shell-Dee stud, Kingaroy, Queensland, for $6500.

Southend Murray Grey hits $17,500 record

February 22, 2017


It was an outstanding result for Southend Murray Grey stud principal Kurt Wise and his extended family at the stud’s 21st annual on-property sale at Katanning last week.

Thirty one potential buyers registered for the 35 bulls and 59 heifers on offer.

Of the 35 bulls catalogued, 30 were registered two-year-olds and five were unregistered yearlings, while 10 yearling stud heifers and 49 yearling commercial heifers were also offered.

Based on the results and the comments made by successful purchasers, the type and quality was just what they wanted and the average price for the bulls was up close on $480 on last year’s sale and the heifers were up by just under $350.

Adding to this very positive result was a record top price set for the stud at $17,500.

The first of the bull catalogue into the selling ring, Southend Lucas, just rising two years and out of heifer Southend H-Gemstone AI joined to Kelso Cracker, came with excellent credentials based on its EBVs and scan data.

Its recent scan data was EMA 124cm 2, IMF 6.4, P8 and rib fats 13mm and a current bodyweight of 942 kilograms and 42 centimetre scrotal measurement.

Its EBVs are +30, +49 and +71 for 200, 400 and 600-day weights, +11 milk, +74 mature cow weight and +5.1 for birthweight.

Elders auctioneer Gary Preston received an opening bid of $5000 and bidding then became quite brisk until it was down to two bidders when finally at $17,500 it was knocked down to Boyup Brook commercial clients Rob Bass and Kerry Pinch who were delighted with their new sire.

Mr Bass said they run a commercial herd of about 120 mainly grey females based on Southend bulls over the past 14 years.

He said Lucas was just right for their herd and would use him to breed females.

Earlier in the sale they had also bought six yearling heifers at up to $1600.

The second bull into the ring Southend Lara also had very impressive figures throughout and had earlier impressed Kurt Wise to the extent he used it in the stud’s 2016 joinings for a short time.

Again there was good bidding competition and at the sale’s second top price of $8500 was knocked down to Graham Bell, GE Bell, Porongurup.

Losing bidder on the two top-priced bulls was another regular buyer of Southend bulls, Ray Farmer, Charles Farmer Family Trust, Boddington, who went on to purchase at $5500 the third bull into the ring which had also been used in the 2016 joining.

The buyer of the equal top-priced bull at $10,500 last year, Bryan James, BA & LD James, Kalgan, was back again this year going home having purchased two at $8000 and $5000.

Another client to pay up to $8000 along with another at $4000 was Michael Telini, G & RM Telini, Ferguson, who came to the sale with Mal Barrett, Elders Boyanup, along with Daryl Avery, EC, BE & DC Avery, Scott River, who went on to buy two at $7500 and another at $7250.

Multiple buyers also included an undisclosed South West buyer, with four up to $7000 and MH Collins & Co, Nyabing, were again active buyers purchasing three up to $4500 twice.

Also very pleasing for Mr Wise and his family is a bull heading east.

Bryce and Di Whale, Glenliam Farm Murray Greys, Glen William, New South Wales, had visited the Southend stud previously and specifically came back this year for one bloodline.

They had earlier introduced Tullibardine blood into their stud and with lot eight in this year’s sale by Tullibardine Hellraiser, they were also very impressed with its positive EMA of 122cm2 and other figures along with its natural doing ability, weight for age and softness and balance.

Under some keen competition they went to $7000 and later were delighted to have secured it.

One of the prominent buyers throughout the entire sale was Nathan Baynes, NP & NM Baynes, Katanning.

Nathan and his wife Nicole run a pure Murray Grey commercial herd based on Southend bloodlines on their Badgebup property.

Gradually building up numbers, Mr Baynes bought two 2015-drop bulls at up to $6500 and one yearling bull at $3500 and was also the major buyer in the heifer offering getting one stud heifer at $1500 along with six lines of five commercial heifers also at $1500 per head.

The offering of five unregistered yearling bulls saw two sell at $3750, one going to AG Hambley, Brookton, the other to Twiga Farm, Kojonup, and another also sold at $3500.

First offered through the selling ring prior to the catalogue of bulls were 10 stud registered yearling heifers followed by nine lines of five and one of four 2016-drop commercial heifers.

The major buyer of the registered 2016-drop heifers was Joe Della Vedova, JLW & C Della Vedova, Esperance, who paid up to $2800 for one of the six heifers purchased and later securing one of the 2015-drop bulls at $4500.

Two other stud heifers at up to $1700 went to Eric Penny, EJ Penny, Yarloop, who also bought a pen of five yearling commercial heifers and another five heifers went to Henco Rural, Donnybrook.

Given the overall result, stud principal Kurt Wise said he was somewhat overwhelmed and looks forward to breeding quality offerings in the years to come to present to the beef industry.

Elders auctioneer Gary Preston commented it was a top presentation of excellent quality bulls and heifers and an absolute credit to Mr Wise and his family and well received by those buyers who turned up for the sale as indicated by the values paid.