COOINDA BULL SALE:
Santa gertrudis still in high demand despite tough conditions
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.