Ard­cairnie bulls sell to $12,250 top

Countryman - - LIVESTOCK - Bob Gar­nant

Ard­cairnie An­gus bulls sold to a high of $12,250 last week at Jim and Pam Mc­Gre­gor’s on-prop­erty bull sale in Ko­jonup, with val­ues just shy of last year’s record re­sult.

Over­all, 51 bulls were sold of the 88 of­fered through El­ders, av­er­ag­ing $6456 a head, com­pared with last year’s sale in which 56 bulls sold for a record av­er­age of $6771/head.

It was another ex­cel­lent re­sult for the Mc­Gre­gor fam­ily, who pre­sented the bulls in “fit not fat” con­di­tion, all fully Es­ti­mated Breed­ing Value mea­sured and fea­tur­ing 16 di­verse ar­ti­fi­cial in­sem­i­nated sires, as well as sons of the An­gus Sire Bench­mark­ing co­hort pro­grams.

New buy­ing in­ter­est se­cured the top-priced bull, Ard­cairnie M218, for $12,250, paid by Grant McCleary, of GMC Cor­po­ra­tion, who only en­tered into the Den­mark graz­ing prop­erty in­vest­ment last year.

Bid­ding on be­half of GMC, live­stock man­ager Greg God­den said the Den­mark farm ran 210 An­gus breed­ers and planned to sell com­mer­cial pure An­gus calves at 11-months-old off grass.

GMC also se­cured Ard­cairnie M153, sired by Ar­drossan Jus­tice J93 (AI), for $7500.

“We were se­lect­ing on con­for­ma­tion, bal­anced fig­ures and high growth. The bulls will go over An­gus cows,” Mr God­den said.

“Ard­cairnie was our first choice for bull se­lec­tions, as we are only con­sid­er­ing bulls pre­pared off grass to avoid any prob­lems as­so­ci­ated with grain-pre­pared bulls.”

Ard­cairnie M218 had plenty of bid­ding sup­port, with large com­mer­cial An­gus breeder David Roe, of Be­na­long Graz­ing, Gin­gin, the un­der­bid­der and bid­ding in­ter­est from another re­peat buyer from South Aus­tralia who ap­pre­ci­ated the bull’s EBV fig­ures.

The McGre­gors have col­lected 200 se­men straws out of M218, a son of Ard­cairnie F96, a proven sire that had good re­sults as mea­sured in the An­gus Sire Bench­mark­ing co­hort 3 pro­gram.

As listed in the sale cat­a­logue, F96 had EBVs of +54, +92 and +136 for 200, 400 and 600-day weights, re­spec­tively, with a Heavy Grass In­dex of +$133 (top 5 per cent of the breed and high­est in the Ard­cairnie sale line-up).

Along with top growth fig­ures (200 and 600-day in top 5 per cent), plus car­case weight and eye mus­cle area in top 10 per cent, Mr Mc­Gre­gor said M218’s prog­eny should add value down the chain to the pro­ces­sor and re­tailer.

“This bull op­ti­mises what our breed­ing pro­gram is de­signed to do,” he said.

The $11,000 se­cond top-priced bull, Ard­cairnie M89, sired by Ka­roo D145 Gen­er­a­tor G220 (AI), sold to vol­ume buyer Terry Cock­man, of Tepco Fishing Co, Don­gara, who se­cured a fur­ther eight bulls for an over­all av­er­age price of $6639/head.

Mr Cock­man, who turned his at­ten­tion to­wards cat­tle breed­ing in 2016 and runs more than 700 An­gus breed­ers, re­turned for his se­cond Ard­cairnie sale, se­lect­ing for above-av­er­age EBV 200-day weights.

“We aim to sell calves around the 350kg liveweight,” he said.

The Ard­cairnie bulls Mr Cock­man bought in 2017 achieved a 96.4 per cent preg­nancy rate in the breed­ing herd of 1000 head.

Other top-sell­ing bulls sold to ac­count RF & RE Walker, of Wilga, who se­cured bulls for $10,500 and $7000, while Mr Roe paid $10,250 and $7000 for bulls and ac­count Bull­rush Farm, of Gin­gin, paid $9000 and $8750.

Mr Roe said he was af­ter easy­do­ing bulls able to sur­vive tough sea­sons and with good car­case at­tributes, in­clud­ing eye mus­cle area and in­tra­mus­cu­lar fat. “Our Be­na­long calves are sold to feed­lot­ters and eat­ing qual­ity is an im­por­tant out­come of this process,” Mr Roe said.

Donna Scott, who runs 100 An­gus breed­ers with part­ner Pe­ter Wil­lkin­son at Lake Grace, se­cured M319 for $9000.

The low birth­weight bull (EBV +1.8 in the top 5 per cent), sired by Ard­cairnie J27, has done well in prog­eny mea­sure­ments as part of the An­gus Sire Bench­mark­ing co­hort 6 pro­gram.

Back for their se­cond sale, the Kel­li­her Broth­ers, of Wan­der­ing Clover Fed Beef, were ac­tive through­out the bid­ding, se­cur­ing two heifer bulls to go to work in the pro­duc­tion of their fam­ily’s cross-bred beef cat­tle pro­gram.

Pic­tures: Bob Gar­nant

Act­ing on be­half of JMC Cor­po­ra­tion, live­stock man­ager Greg God­den, of Den­mark, se­cured the $12,250 top-priced bull, Ard­cairnie M218.

Ard­cairnie An­gus stud co-prin­ci­pal Pam Mc­Gre­gor and vol­ume buyer Terry Cock­man, of Tepco Fishing Com­pany, Don­gara.

David Roe, of Be­na­long Graz­ing, Gin­gin, and Ard­cairnie stud co-prin­ci­pal Jim Mc­Gre­gor be­fore the sale.

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