Black Dog steer to $8,000

Countryman - - NEWS - Bob Gar­nant

Bullish cat­tle op­ti­mism and spir­ited bid­ding pushed led steer and heifer prices higher, to a top of $8000, at the IGA Perth Royal Show’s cat­tle auc­tion on Mon­day.

All 76 led steers or heifers sold for an av­er­age price of $1833, up $44/head on last year.

Royal Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety of WA pres­i­dent Paul Carter opened the sale, say­ing this year’s IGA Perth Royal Show’s theme was “cel­e­brate a farmer”.

Re­turn­ing to the show for more qual­ity cat­tle, the For­rest fam­ily’s Har­vey Beef con­tin­ued to throw its full sup­port be­hind the pub­lic auc­tion show­case which fol­lows suit out of the show’s on-the-hoof judg­ing.

A high­light of the sale also in­cluded the Black Dog Char­ity Steer, which was pur­chased by Har­vey Beef for $8000, with all pro­ceeds go­ing to the Black Dog Ride, which aims to sup­port good men­tal health.

The steer, a 562kg pure Charo­lais, was kindly do­nated by Jim and Be­lynda Quilty of El­gin Park stud, and pre­pared by Black Dog pro­moter Peter Mil­ton.

It was ear­lier judged re­serve grand cham­pion from the led steer or heifer com­pe­ti­tion.

Judge Greg Ball said the steer was a com­plete pack­age with heaps of mus­cle, but soft with a nice fin­ish.

Land­mark auc­tion­eer Tiny Holly didn’t have to work too hard to de­mand top price on the steer.

“Ten char­ity cat­tle have been sold so far rais­ing $73,000, which brings hope to count­less Aus­tralians,” he said.

Har­vey Beef gen­eral man­ager of live­stock Kim McDougall was only too pleased to add to that to­tal with his kind bid of sup­port.

Be­fore the start of the sale, Mr McDougall said he an­tic­i­pated good-qual­ity cat­tle and feisty bid­ding com­pe­ti­tion and lot one didn’t dis­ap­point.

Lead­ing off the pack was a Mur­doch Univer­sity bred steer, a Gel­b­vieh/Mur­ray Grey cross, which was ear­lier judged cham­pion lightweight be­fore be­ing sashed grand cham­pion out of the en­tire 76 show en­tries.

Mr Ball said the 384kg steer had tremen­dous mus­cle ex­pres­sion through its top-line and also had a very good hind quar­ter.

“It car­ried very even fat dis­tri­bu­tion,” he said.

With the con­fi­dent S and C Live­stock auc­tion­eer Cam Pet­rice­vich at the helm, there were no hes­i­ta­tions to bid on the ex­cep­tional steer and it was Mr McDougall who se­cured the $4800 sec­ond top-price of the day for the Har­vey Beef ac­count.

With those two draw­card cat­tle lots done and dusted, the other 11 buy­ers were pre­pared to step in for their share of the meat pie.

Prices re­mained buoy­ant for the six re­main­ing cat­tle with cham­pion rib­bons.

Har­vey Beef se­cured two Charo­lais cross steers, from two well­known breed­ers, for $2500 each.

Coles paid $2500 and $2200 for two medium-weight broad rib­bon bear­ers, rep­re­sent­ing Li­mousin/ An­gus cross types and bred by Mur­doch.

Avon Val­ley Beef prin­ci­pal Mark Grant stepped up to the plate, se­cur­ing the 506kg re­serve cham­pion heavy­weight for $2200 which was a Li­mousin/An­gus cross, bred by Mur­doch Univer­sity.

The re­serve cham­pion lightweight, a Square Me­ter, was bought by Se­bas­tian Butch­ers for $1800.

Prices set­tled to com­mer­cial val­ues when eight other lightweight cat­tle were sold from $1000 to $1700/head.

There were 21 medium-weights that ranged from $1100 to $2300 with the lad­der price on a Mur­doch Li­mousin/An­gus cross sold to Se­bas­tian Downs.

Fin­ish­ing off were 17 heavy­weights which ranged from $1500 to $2100, with the lad­der price for a 476kg An­gus cross, bred by Kelm­scott Se­nior High School and sold to Har­vey Beef.

Har­vey Beef bought a to­tal of 13 cat­tle for an av­er­age price of $2346. Mr McDougall said he se­lected for over­all qual­ity with the ap­pro­pri­ate weight coverage and flesh­ing.

“An­i­mals must meet mod­ern su­per­mar­ket re­quire­ments,” he said. “It was pleas­ing to see many ex­am­ples to­day.”

Mr McDougall said the beef in­dus­try was in a good place. “We have seen prices some­what static, but the drought in the East­ern States is ex­pected to have a pos­i­tive ef­fect on the WA mar­ket,” he said.

Mr McDougall se­cured eight cat­tle for Coles for an av­er­age price of $1913.

Also se­cur­ing num­bers, Daniel Rus­sell and his brother Justin, of Cow Town Graz­ing, a new John­son Meats en­tity based at Mid­land, bought 13 head to a top of $2000 and an av­er­age price of $1750.

“We were se­lect­ing Mur­ray Grey types for their soft­ness,” Daniel said.

Avon Val­ley Beef se­cured eight cat­tle for an av­er­age price of $1462.

Mr Ball said he was se­lect­ing for good shape car­case and yield.

Mr Pet­rice­vich said it was a strong sale from start to fin­ish.

“The over­all pre­sen­ta­tion of cat­tle from ven­dors was at an ex­tremely high level,” he said.

“There was an on­go­ing ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the par­tic­i­pa­tion of the agri­cul­tural col­leges to sup­ply qual­ity cat­tle, par­tic­u­larly Mur­doch’s grand cham­pion ef­fort.

Head of Mur­doch’s live­stock pro­gram Kim Thomas said the topawarded steer was sired by a Bra­side Gel­b­vieh and out of a Mon­terey blood cow.

Mur­doch pre­pared 16 cat­tle on a 100-day feed pro­gram this year in­clud­ing eight Li­mousin/An­gus cross types, three of which earned broad rib­bons, all of which sold to a top of $2500 and av­er­age price of $2062.

Other breed types also car­ried good weight gain in the Mur­doch team in­clud­ing a 602kg pure shorthorn heavy­weight that sold for $2300. All of the led steers and heifers will be pro­cessed with car­case re­sults re­leased on Fri­day to an­nounce the ap­pro­pri­ate on-the­hook cham­pion awards.

With the $4800 sec­ond top-price led steer are S and C Live­stock auc­tion­eer Cam Pet­rice­vich, Har­vey Beef's Kim McDougall, and Mur­doch Univer­sity han­dler Re­becca New­comb.

Pic­tures: Bob Gar­nant

With the $8000 top-price led steer are Amanda Cave­nagh, Be­lynda and Jim Quilty, of El­gin Park stud, Land­mark auc­tion­eer Tiny Holly, buyer Har­vey Beef gen­eral man­ager live­stock Kim McDougall and Black Dog Char­ity Steer pro­moter Peter Mil­ton.

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