Dis­per­sal sale breaks records

North East & Goulburn Murray Farmer - - FRONT PAGE -

AF­TER 25 years in the An­gus cat­tle breed­ing in­dus­try, John and Joan Woodruff over­saw the first stage of the com­plete dis­per­sal of their renowned Taminick stud, Wither­swood An­gus, on Fri­day.

The 400 plus lot fe­male herd sold for $2,026,500 with a sale av­er­age over­all of $4658 with $38,000 the high­est price paid for a cow by Bannaby An­gus stud NSW.

The 248 cows sold made an av­er­age of $5721 and apart from the top price of $38,000 also in­cluded sin­gle lots reach­ing $22,000 and $20,000.

The 133 heifers sold av­er­aged $2921 with a top price of $7000 and 18 bulls sold at an av­er­age of $4750 with a top price of $7000.

The auc­tion in­cluded all cows, cow and calf units, weaner heifers, re­cip­i­ent cows and em­bryos.

The fe­male dis­per­sal will be fol­lowed by the fi­nal Wither­swood An­gus bull sale, which will be held next March.

The Taminick prop­erty will then be sold. In their early 80s, John and Joan have ded­i­cated al­most three decades of their life to de­vel­op­ing the best blood­lines in Aus­tralia – most no­tably, when Wither­swood joined a con­sor­tium to buy Mil­lah Mur­rah King­dom K35 for $150,000, the most ever paid for an An­gus bull at the time.

“Our ge­netic base is sec­ond to none,” John said.

“Our foun­da­tion cows were pur­chased from Booroomoka An­gus over 20 years ago – we were one of the forst Vic­to­rian breeders to pur­chase from the very suc­cess­ful Mil­lah Mur­rah An­gus in NSW, and we also have Te Ma­nia as well.

“Th­ese ge­net­ics, the best in the coun­try, are all through our herd.”

Wither­swood had a breed­ing herd of more than 350 regis­tered cows and de­vel­oped a rep­u­ta­tion for pro­duc­ing cat­tle with thick­ness, length, mus­cle and bone struc­ture.

Stud man­ager, Ian Peake, said the stud worked hard to re­tain the Wither­swood type of func­tional high fer­til­ity, soundly struc­tured cat­tle that are in good work­ing or­der, and not over fat.

“We be­lieve that in main­tain­ing th­ese traits, as the foun­da­tion of any breed­ing pro­gram, gives the breeder more op­tions in tar­get­ing var­i­ous mar­kets along the sup­ply chain,” he said.

“To put it bluntly, our suc­cess is the buyer’s suc­cess.”

Ideally, the Wither­swood team would like to see their hard work carry on through other studs.

“The sale of our prop­erty is the fi­nal stage which will present a great op­por­tu­nity for an open­ing in the North East for some­one to set up and sup­ply bulls to our loyal clients,” John said.

“A ready-made stud prop­erty, with fa­cil­i­ties and viewing yards made for on farm sell­ing will be of­fered when Wither­swood goes on the mar­ket.”

Af­ter the dis­per­sal is com­plete, John and Joan will trade the coun­try for city life – keen to spend more time with their chil­dren and ex­tended fam­ily.

PHOTO: Mel Guy

BIT­TER­SWEET SALE: Joan and John Woodruff at Fri­day’s sale of their com­plete fe­male herd at Wither­swood stud. The iconic an­gus bulls will go up for sale in March be­fore the cou­ple sell their renowned prop­erty to move to Mel­bourne.

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