Santa gertrudis still in high de­mand de­spite tough con­di­tions

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - Front Page - Kate Stark

A STRONG turnout to the 7th an­nual Cooinda Santa Gertrudis bull sale on Satur­day re­turned a top of $11,000 with 56 bulls av­er­ag­ing a re­spectable $5598.

Cooinda stud prin­ci­pals Chris and Elisa Fox said they were very pleased with the re­sults of the sale, which was held on-prop­erty at Sun­nyview, Pros­ton.

“We had a re­ally good day and we cer­tainly ap­pre­ci­ate the sup­port we had from the peo­ple who at­tended,” Elisa said.

“There is a great team be­hind us who we re­ally value and we couldn’t have pulled it all to­gether without the ex­tra sets of hands.”

Elisa said, al­though the on­go­ing dry con­di­tions meant many breed­ers were turn­ing fo­cus to their own herd rather than re­stock­ing, the sale had seen peo­ple travel from as far as Alice Springs in the west, and For­sayth in the north.

“It was a very di­verse group of buy­ers and it was good to meet some new faces as well as catch up with re­peat buy­ers,” she said.

“I think the san­tas are pretty ver­sa­tile in most ar­eas and it’s great to be able to spread the Cooinda ge­net­ics around.

“The peo­ple who are will­ing to travel are shop­ping around to get what they want and it’s good to see them com­ing along to our sale and the re­peat buy­ers are ob­vi­ously happy with their pre­vi­ous in­vest­ment and are look­ing for more so that’s en­cour­ag­ing.”

Pre­pared on oats and then moved to a silage and lucerne-based mix prior to sale, the Cooinda team were fo­cused on breed­ing high per­form­ing bulls.

“We’ve al­ways wanted to pre­pare the bulls in as healthy a way as pos­si­ble so they can go straight out and are ready to work,” Elisa said.

Based on more than 50 years of breed­ing, Chris and Elisa spent the past seven years build­ing a fol­low­ing through their on-prop­erty sale.

“Hav­ing our sale at home al­lows us to fo­cus more on our own work and I think the crowd ap­pre­ci­ates the ef­fort we put into it.

“We think it truly re­flects the work we do here and al­lows us to con­nect with breed­ers in a more laid back at­mos­phere - the re­la­tion­ships that we form in this busi­ness are cer­tainly im­por­tant to us and we like to put time into build­ing that ca­ma­raderie.”

Top price of the sale was polled lot Cooinda Mar­ion M128 (P) and was purchased by Mal­colm and Chick Gadsby, Tal­gai San­tas, Al­lora for $11,000.

Weigh­ing in at 916kg, the 25-month-old bull’s strength of topline and strong, polly head gave him a true sirey pres­ence in the sale ring.

“He’s sired by our home-grown sire Cooinda John Wayne J366 (P) who has had great con­sis­tency in his calves and, from what we’ve seen from the top bull, buy­ers can take con­fi­dence in the breed­ing,” Chris said, adding Mar­ion would be put straight to work at Tal­gai.

High­lights from the sale in­cluded bulk buy­ers MG and L El­gey, For­sayth, who purchased seven bulls to aver­age $3428, and Al­coota Stn, Alice Springs, who purchased six bulls to aver­age $7500.

Re­peat buy­ers Golden Pas­toral Hold­ings, Yuleba, se­lected a strong line of sires, pur­chas­ing three bulls to aver­age $10,166.

Chris and Elisa said they are al­ready back to work post-sale and are look­ing for­ward to the next one.

“We’ve al­ready started prepa­ra­tion for 2018 by vi­su­al­is­ing our team for next year.

“It never stops.”


BEST BULL: Selling agents Mark Sc­holes, Land­mark, Rock­hamp­ton, and Cyril Close, Top X, Roma, sold Cooinda Mar­ion M128 to Mal­colm and Chick Gadsby of Tal­gai San­tas for $11,000, on be­half of Chris and Elisa Fox, Cooinda Santa Gertrudis, Pros­ton.

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