Ready for an­nual sale

Shepparton News - Country News - - BEEF WEEK 2018 -

Alpine An­gus will pro­mote its an­nual au­tumn bull sale at its Beef Week open day on Tues­day, Fe­bru­ary 6.

The sale will be held at the Alpine Sell­ing Com­plex on Tues­day, March 6, with 100 HBR and APR reg­is­tered bulls up for auc­tion.

The Rose­white stud has grown sub­stan­tially over the past few years, par­tic­u­larly fol­low­ing the in­cor­po­ra­tion of Wel­come Swal­low ge­net­ics.

Alpine An­gus has in­creased the num­ber of bulls of­fered at its au­tumn sale from 70 to 100 and, in 2016, be­gan an­nual spring sales, sell­ing an­other 50 bulls each year.

The ex­pan­sion of the Alpine herd has seen more than 500 fe­males joined in the 2017 cal­en­dar year.

Man­ager Chris Oswin has been re­spon­si­ble for over­see­ing the steady ex­pan­sion of the herd.

‘‘Alpine com­bines its use of AI and ET pro­grams with qual­ity Alpine-owned back-up bulls, a num­ber of which are AI sires in their own right,’’ Mr Oswin said.

‘‘Our growth in bull sales can be at­trib­uted to the fur­ther im­prove­ment of the Alpine herd which has been care­fully planned.

‘‘The in­cor­po­ra­tion of the top end of Wel­come Swal­low ge­net­ics and the rise in for­tunes of the beef in­dus­try have also helped im­mensely.

‘‘The help Jim and Suzy Martin (of Wel­come Swal­low) have given us since sell­ing their herd is ex­tra­or­di­nary and Suzy is an ab­so­lute dy­namo when it comes to all things mar­ket­ing and or­gan­is­ing.’’

Alpine An­gus prin­ci­pal Jim De­lany said it had been a priv­i­lege and it con­tin­ued to be a great plea­sure to work with the Martins.

Mr De­lany said a fea­ture of the March bull sale would be 10 sons by Coon­am­ble Hec­tor, sire of the record-set­ting $190 000 Mil­lah Mur­rah Prue M4, and six sons by Coon­am­ble Ju­nior, an­other out­stand­ing Coon­am­ble sire.

Alpine An­gus will also of­fer its first prog­eny of Texas Mount K2, a bull part-owned by the Martins.

As well as be­ing avail­able for in­spec­tion dur­ing Beef Week, the sale bulls can be in­spected at the Alpine An­gus field day on Wed­nes­day, Fe­bru­ary 21. ➤ The Alpine Sale Com­plex, where the open days and au­tumn sale will be held, can be found at 1138 Happy Val­ley Rd, Rose­white (south-east of Myrtle­ford).

Alpine An­gus stud will be part of Beef Week to pro­mote its an­nual bull sale in March. Pic­tured are Wel­come Swal­low stud owner Suzy Martin, Alpine An­gus stud prin­ci­pal Jim De­lany, Alpine An­gus stud man­ager Chris Oswin, last year’s sale auc­tion­eer Michael Glasser and Jock His­lop, who pur­chased the equal top bull at the 2017 Alpine Au­tumn Sale.

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