Sheron Farm An­gus at $8500 top

Countryman - - LIVESTOCK - Bob Gar­nant

The in­au­gu­ral Sheron Farm An­gus bull sale reached a top price of $8500 for a 100 per cent grass-fed, ready-to-work two-year-old.

The Moore fam­ily and stud man­agers Steve and Sandy El­liot of­fered 31 bulls, of which 22 sold on the ham­mer through Land­mark for an av­er­age price of $4409.

“It was a big ef­fort to pre­pare our first sale, with pleas­ing re­sults, and we are very ex­cited about the fu­ture plan­ning of the stud,” Mr El­liot said.

Mardella com­mer­cial pro­duc­ers Dar­ren and Jenny Man­ning se­cured the sale top­per and paid $4500 and $4000 for two other bulls, as­sisted by S & C Live­stock co-prin­ci­pal Cam Pet­rice­vich.

“We were in­ter­ested in grass-fed bulls that don’t lose con­di­tion and were ready to work in our 300 head herd of fe­males,” Mr Man­ning said. “I bought a Sheron Farm bull last year and was very pleased with how he per­formed.

The third-gen­er­a­tion gra­zier is rel­a­tively new to breed­ing An­gus, fol­low­ing his fam­ily’s long his­tory of run­ning Mur­ray Greys.

The bull that fetched the most, Sheron Farm Man­ish M13, was sired by Booroomooka In­spired G862 and out of Di­a­mond Tree Right Time G164.

The 838kg bull recorded above av­er­age Es­ti­mated Breed­ing Val­ues of +48, +80 and +120 for 200, 400 and 600-day weights.

The Man­nings also bought a son of Di­a­mond Tree Hoover Dam J74 and an­other bull by Di­a­mond Tree Bar­tel J47. North Yun­derup pro­ducer Rod McKay paid $6000 for lot 1, Sheron Farm Mor­rie M6, to put over his South De­von cows.

“I se­lected a very quiet bull and the butch­ers are keen on my cross­bred calves,” he said.

An­other bull, Sheron Farm Madieu M40, sired by Booroomooka In­spired G662, sold for the $6000 equal sec­ond top price to Peter Gi­adresco, of Gelorup, who also paid $3500 twice for two other bulls.

Land­mark agent Lyn­d­say Flem­ming was bid­ding on be­half of Ma­haf­fey Fam­ily Trust, of Wa­roona, se­cur­ing two bulls for $4500 and $4000.

“Th­ese bulls will go over Hol­stein dairy cows as was suc­cess­ful in the past,” she said.

Land­mark agent Ben Kealy bought three bulls to a top of $5500 and av­er­age price of $4333 for ac­count Kealy Farms, of Wil­liams.

Land­mark auc­tion­eer Tiny Holly said Sheron Farm would con­tinue to build on its strength of of­fer­ing bulls ready to work.

“There was a good ge­netic se­lec­tion, par­tic­u­larly on the fe­male side, and this will con­tinue to build as bull num­bers in­crease,” he said.

Sheron Farm prin­ci­pal Jim Moore said the in­au­gu­ral sale was sen­sa­tional. “I com­mend my stud team and Land­mark on a suc­cess­ful sale,” he said.

Pic­tures: Bob Gar­nant

With the $8500 top-price bull, Sheron Farm Man­ish M13, are stud man­agers Steve and Sandy El­liot, of Benger, Land­mark agent Lyn­d­say Flem­ming, S & C Live­stock co-prin­ci­pal Cam Pet­rice­vich, buy­ers Dar­ren and Jenny Man­ning, of Mardella, and Sheron Farm...

North Yun­derup cat­tle­man Rod McKay paid $6000 for the first bull sold at the Sheron Farm in­au­gu­ral bull sale.

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