Australia Murray Grey sales results

Strong clearance from Monterey sale

June 1, 2017


MONTEREY stud’s ninth annual winter bull sale at Brunswick last week continued the strong form of this season’s South West summer bull sales.

The stud improved its sale results across the board with its quality catalogue of Angus and Murray Grey bulls drawing widespread buying support from across the country.

The 56-strong registered buyers list was well represented by South West producers with bulls also heading to new homes north of Perth, the Nullarbor, Northern Territory and Tasmania.

While several buyers purchased multiple lots, most were single bull buyers topping up their sire requirements for the traditional winter joining season upon us.

The Buller family increased its sale numbers from last year with 59 bulls ranging from 18-28 months selected from its Karridale and Scott River properties.

Overall the Landmark and Elders selling teams cleared 54 Angus and Murray Grey bulls at auction (92 per cent) to average $6380.

This was a much-improved result in clearance with 16 more bulls sold and the average up $755 compared to last year’s sale where 38 of 54 bulls (70pc) sold under the hammer to average $5625.

This resulted in a significant $130,750 boost for the sale’s gross returns.

The line-up of 29 Angus bulls got the sale underway with a complete clearance leading to a $6690 average.

This marked a $416 increase in average and an additional eight bulls sold from last year where all 21 Angus bulls sold to average $6274.

The biggest improvement came from the Murray Grey line-up.

An extra eight Murray Grey bulls were also sold with 25 of 30 bulls (83pc) selling to average $6020, a $1196 swing north in average from last year where 17 of 33 bulls (52pc) sold to average $4824.

Landmark auctioneer Tiny Holly said overall it was a solid sale with a good clearance and prices achieved.

“There was a good range of bulls on offer to suit all requirements and buyers responded accordingly and bid strongly on the bulls best suited to their needs,” Mr Holly said.

“Buyers were selective in their purchases and prepared to pay good money for the top bulls which were well presented and exhibited good temperaments.

“In terms of the buying support it was widespread with buyers from as far away as the Northern Territory and Tasmania through to Albany and across the Nullarbor, showing the strength of the Monterey brand.”

Elders auctioneer Nathan King said there was good support right through the catalogue with multiple buyers operating on most bulls.

“There were 56 buyer registrations presale and this nearly matched the number of bulls on offer, so we knew there was good competition throughout and this was certainly the case,” Mr King said.

“While most buyers only purchased single lots, there was a couple of volume buyers in both the Angus and Murray Grey line-ups which kept the sale ticking along.

“Overall it was a solid sale and good bulls sold well to strong competition.

“I think some buyers certainly took the opportunity to top up their bull requirements closer to mating.

“And the rain in the last week and also the forecast for the coming days gave buyers some extra confidence in the market.”

While the Angus lineup took the sale’s average spoils, the Murray Greys regained top-priced honours with Monterey Lifeguard L143 selling to the Eastern States for $12,000.

Tasmanian graziers EG Brosell, Rocky Cape, placed the winning bid via phone through Elders Margaret River agent Alec Williams.

The 885kg (current weight) early June 2015-born bull was a son of Monterey bred sire Harley Davidson H113, from a Rowan family cow E79 and displayed an outstanding set of BreedPlan figures.

These were highlighted by a top 5pc ranking in the breed for 200, 400 and 600-day weights, carcase weight (CW), mature cow weight (MCW) and all index values while its milk, scrotal size (SS) and IMF all finished in the top 10pc.

The bull’s late April scan results were equally impressive being the number one bull for IMF, 7 frame score (FS), 40cm scrotal circumference (SC) and 125cm2 eye muscle area (EMA).

Lindberg Farms, Augusta, bid to the sale’s $10,500 second top price for the silver Murray Grey bull in lot 44 Monterey Liberty L265.

The 810kg son of Yamba Bonanza B32 and Monterey Magnolia B119 was born mid-September 2015 and also recorded strong growth and carcase EBVs.

Liberty ranked in the top 5pc for all weight intervals, MCW and CW to complement its top 15pc for calving ease and scanned 6.2 FS, 41cm SC and 119cm2 EMA.

Phil Tomlinson, P & SA Tomlinson, Napier, assisted by Landmark Southern Livestock manager Bob Pumphrey, paid $9000 for Monterey Lancaster L244 in lot 50.

Lancaster was an early August 2015 born bull by homebred parents Heathcliffe H93 and Magnolia F284 and displayed a strong balance of well above average EBVs.

At 892kg, the bull had huge weight for age and EMA scanning the equal second highest IMF 5.9pc, 117cm2 EMA, 7 FS and 39cm SC.

Northcliffe graziers MG Armstrong were one of only a few multiple bull buyers at the sale paying $7000 and $8000 for two Murray Grey bulls.

Their top bid went to Monterey Lone Ranger L195 in lot 39, a 830kg low birthweight son of Heathcliffe and Rejoyce E61.

The early-July 2015 born bull’s retail beef yield (RBY) ranked him in the top 5pc while most of its other recorded traits were firmly entrenched in the breed’s top 15 to 25pc.

Lone Ranger scanned 6.2 FS, 42cm SC and 120cm2 EMA.

Volume buyer in the Murray Grey lineup was Elders Goldfields representative Alan Browning who purchased four bulls from $4000 to $5500 on behalf of the Forrester family’s Kanandah station, Nullabor.

There were 15 single bull buyers in the Murray Grey line-up but among only a few multiple bull buyers were Preston Clarke, Elders Gingin, representing M & B Errington, Jurien Bay, with two bulls for $4000 each and Mal Barrett, Elders Boyanup, also securing two bulls for $4000 and $7000 on behalf of AC & CJ McNab, Scott River.

The team of Angus bulls led the sale and it wasn’t long before the $10,000 top price was set.

Mal Barrett, Elders Boyanup, representing long-time Monterey supporters G & RM Telini, Dardanup, bid top dollar for the powerful bull in lot one, Monterey Lethal Weapon L20.

The 37kg birthweight mid-March 2015 drop bull was by veteran sire Vermont Duke E193 and out of Monterey Elated B48.

It was the heaviest bull in the sale weighing in at 1048kg while scanning on April 25 it was the second highest for IMF 6.3pc, 7 FS, 48cm SC and 134cm2.

Mr Barrett said they thought Lethal Weapon was the pick of the catalogue.

“It was probably the best balanced bull in the sale with a bit of growth and quiet tempered,” he said.

“The bull will be used over the Telini family’s Angus cows and we will look to retain replacement females from his breeding.”

The $9500 second top Angus bull price was paid on a few occasions.

This included the sale’s most influential buyer Rodney Galati, Brunswick, buying on behalf of Consolidated Pastoral Co, Newcastle Wasters station, located in the west Barkly region, Northern Territory.

The purchase of seven Monterey Angus bulls paying from $7000 to $9500 continues the group’s recent Angus bull buying spree in WA.

The operation’s top bid was paid for Monterey Leningrad L185 in lot 15, an early August 2015 drop son of Monterey Gothic G153 and Monterey Serene H167.

The 810kg bull displayed raw data results of 6.2 FS, 4.9pc IMF, 45cm SC and 108cm2 EMA.

Mr Galati said the operation was looking for some new Angus bloodlines to inject into its herd with the bulls heading to Newcastle Waters to be joined to Brahman cows.

“I was chasing some particular bloodlines for the operation and was also looking for bulls which would suit the station environment,” he said.

Nillup graziers DB Reid paid $9500 and $7000 for their two bulls purchased at the sale.

Their top price was paid for lot 25 containing Monterey Legionaire L36, a 898kg late March 2015 born bull by Monterey Far Out F177 and Vanilla F53.

Legionaire scanned 6 FS, 5.9pc IMF, 39cm SC and 120cm2 EMA.

Williams operation MA, GD & BA Cowcher, also paid $9500 for their handy bull in lot 21, Monterey Leader L182.

The 802kg bull was born in early August 2015 to homebred parents General G103 and an Elated family cow E147, weighing 35kg.

Leader displayed scan results of 5.8 FS, 4.9pc IMF, 38cm SC and 115cm2 EMA.

Other stronger prices paid in the Angus section include Mayfield Park Farms, Manjimup, parting with $9000 for lot three, Monterey Legion L35, which had been used in the Monterey stud.

The 1042kg late March 2015 born son of Far Out F177 and Vanilla F39 which scanned the highest EMA and SC in the sale team at 138cm2 and 48cm respectively and equal second highest IMF 6.3pc.

Alec Williams, representing D & A Campbell, Karridale, was the only other multiple bull account that joined a long list of 18 single bull buyers.

The Campbells paid $4000 and $8000 for their selections.

Results Monterey Winter Bull Sale

May 26, 2017

A great result at yesterday’s Monterey Winter Bull Sale. 59 bulls offered, 55 sold to average $6336.

Pictured is top priced bull Lot 40 (MG) Monterey Lifeguard L143 sold to a large Tasmanian commercial outfit for $12,000.

Second top priced bull at $10,500, was Lot 44 (MG) selling to Lindberg Farms, an 8000 acre commercial enterprise in the Karridale area.

Third top price was Lot 1 Monterey Lethal Weapon L20 (Angus) selling to GRM Telini, Dardanup, for $10,000.

Gary and Julie would like to thank all buyers, underbidders and all those who attended the sale.

National Show & Sale Report

May 12, 2017

Murray Greys to $10,500

By Bridie Edwards
The Land

The 51st annual Murray Grey National Show & Sale, held at Wodonga Exhibition Centre, showed strong interest from repeat buyers across Australia.

Twenty-five of the 27 females offered were sold resulting in a 93 per cent clearance rate. They reached a top of $10,500 and averaged $3,688.

The top-priced heifer, fresh from South Australia, was Eylwarra Sands Annabelle M13 from Eylwarra Sands Murray Greys, Lucindale.

Sired by Eylwarra Sands Falcon and out of Eylwarra Sands Annabelle F71, the 13 month old heifer went to Double A Murray Grey Cattle Co, Annika Whale, Clarence Town.

“We really liked the sire she is by and we believe she is a good package” Ms Whale said. “She is very quiet natured, there really was not much wrong with her”.

Eylwarra Sands Annabelle M13 topped well above the second highest female sale price, which was paid for cow and calf duo, Arki Fire Fly H19 and silver bull calf at foot, Arki Magnificent M97.

They sold for $6500 to south coast buyer Stephen Robertson “Benooka Park” Bega.

The second highest priced heifer had previously won reserve unled female earlier that day behind Onward Myrtle M2 who took home champion unled female.

Murray Grey National Show judge, Tania Guaran, Gippsland, said the cow and calf unit were the most complete package on offer.

“She has a great look with a long stretch and a great little silver calf at foot”, Ms Guaran said.

Tullibardine Margarite M15 was donated to the Murray Grey Youth program by the Murray family of Tullibardine Murray Greys, Western Australia.

The one year old heifer won reserve champion led female earlier that day and was bought by Glenliam Farm, Dungog, for the third highest price of $6000, the heifer was sired by Eylwarra Sands Falcon F33 out of Tullibardine Margarite G2.

“She is a brilliant heifer with a lot of potential, structurally sound and well presented”, Ms Guaran said.

Of the 18 bulls offered 15 sold, resulting in a 83% clearance rate to an average of $5750 and top of $8250.

All genetic lots were passed through, this included two lots of semen and one lot of A-grade embryos.


Snowy tops the bulls at $8250

By Bridie Edwards
The Land

The top priced bull, Windmill Snowy, sold by Snowy Mountain Murray Greys, Adelong, was sired by Shellgardi Barrington.

The two year old bull made $8250, selling to Geoff Buick, “Arki”, South Australia.

Equal second highest price of $7000 was paid for Glenliam Farm Lithium L12, offered by Glenliam Farm Dungog and bought by Richardson Pastoral Co, Gresford and matching Glenliam with a $7500 price tag was Errowanbang Lincoln sold by Errowanbang Murray Greys, Carcoar, purchased by Edward Bowen, Grahamstown.

Glenliam Farm Lithium, a well muscled young sire by Glenliam Farm Hercules H27, was the Glenliam Farm top-of-the-drop bull in 2012.

Errowanbang Lincoln, the young bull out of Michaelong Boadicea G50 by Errowanbang Hattrick, was acknowledged for this potential as a sire.


Onward Longreach takes supreme exhibit

By Bridie Edwards
The Land

The Murray Grey National Show saw Onward Lingreach take home supreme exhibit after coming up against Eylwarra Sands Annabelle M13.

Onward Longreach owned by Sue Francis from Onward Murray Greys, Dorrigo, took home champion led bull before being sashed supreme. The 20 month old bull weighed 768 kilograms.

Onward Longreach was in front of reserve champion Glenliam Farm, Dungog, a 740kg, 20 month old silver bull sired by Onward Meatloaf.

Judge, Tania Guaran, Gippsland, said the talent at this year’s show was exciting for the Murray Grey breed.

I could not go past the bull for supreme exhibit, he is typical of what we are looking for in the Murray Grey industry”, Ms Guaran said.

Champion led female went to Eylwarra Sands Annabelle M13 owned by Eylwarra Sands Murray Greys  SA, in front of reserve led champion which went to Tullibardine Margarite M15 owned by Tullibardine Murray Greys, WA. Annabelle M13 then went on to top the sale at $10500.

Onward Myrtle M2, a young heifer by Onward Toto J34 from Onward Murray Greys, Dorrigo, won champion unled female and Arki Fire Fly H19 , owned by Geoff Buick, SA, took home reserve.

Champion unled bull went to Waroona France L31 who later went on to be sold for $5000 to The Glen Pastoral Co, Walwa, VIC. Reserve Champion went to Glenliam Farm Lithium L12 who later made $7500 in the sale.

Tasmanian Murray Grey genetics in demand

May 11, 2017

Courtesy The Weekly Times

INTERSTATE buyers headed to Tasmania to secure Murray Grey genetics this week.

At Woodbourn Murray Greys, Cressy, Victorian producers the Boyd family, of Green Hills Murray Greys, Minhamite, bought the top-price bull at $13,500.

Ayr Park Murray Grey stud, at Woodstock in NSW, also bid at the top of the catalogue, paying $10,000 for a new sire.

All up, 29 bulls were sold during the auction averaging $6917.

Woodbourn principal Charles Wallace said the average was “fantastic” and it showed the breed was going forward.

The stud also offered 46 ­females, including a line of 10 stud females with calves and most pregnancy tested in calf, averaging $5889.

The top-priced female was Woodbourn Evita H99, which was sold with a heifer calf and was bought by Brian Claridge, from Claridge Farming at Caveside, Tas.

Carrsview Murray Greys, from Woodside in South Australia, bought the second- highest priced mature female, Woodbourn Barbara H18, for $6000.

Joined heifers were also in demand, and the 20 sold made an average price of $2450.

NSW buyers also picked up the highest priced lots at the Island State Murray Grey sale at Powranna on Monday.

Top price at the sale was $9000, for a Wiltshire Murray Grey bull, Wynyard, bought by Brian Benson from Dubbo, in NSW.

The Elbern stud at Stanley sold a cow and calf package to Elizabeth Fields Murray Greys, at Yass in NSW, for $5000.

At Woodbourn Murray Greys, Cressy, Victorian producers the Boyd family, of Green Hills Murray Greys, Minhamite, bought the top-price bull at $13,500, lot 21 Woodbourn Lionel L101

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.