Black bulls impress Southern Cross bidders

Black bulls impress Southern Cross bidders


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MIGHTY MIKE: Yerwal Estate principal Regan Burow, Elders stud stock manager Tony Wetherall and Elders Millicent's Scott Altschwager with Yerwal Mike.

MIGHTY MIKE: Yerwal Estate principal Regan Burow, Elders stud stock manager Tony Wetherall and Elders Millicent's Scott Altschwager with Yerwal Mike.

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Black was the colour of choice on Friday at the 5th annual Southern Cross Simmental Sale, with the $7500 top price paid twice for two black Simmental bulls bred by Yerwal Estate.

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SALE SUMMARY

                   2018          2017

Offered    23               41

Sold          12               31

Top            $7500        $13,000

Av              $5189        $5758

BLACK was the colour of choice on Friday at the fifth annual Southern Cross Simmental Sale, with the $7500 top price paid twice for two Black Simmental bulls bred by Yerwal Estate, Lucindale.

Held in a new venue on the outskirts of Mount Gambier, joint vendors Yerwal Estate and Rellum Farms, Mount Gambier, offered 23 Simmental bulls for sale.

Twenty-one buyers from Mount Gambier, Lucindale, Naracoorte, Penola, Millicent, Dartmoor and Horsham, Vic, registered their interest in the sale.

Oakview Trust twice paid the top price of $7500 and was also the volume buyer with its purchase of the two black sires.

Yerwal Boss Hogg, weighing 866 kilograms with a eye muscle area of 125 square centimetres, was the first in the sale ring to reach the $7500 high.  

Yerwal Mike – weighing 918kg with an EMA of 127sqcm – followed, and was also snapped up by Oakview Trust for the same price.

LS Johnson & Sons, Naracoorte, paid $6500 for Rellum Farms Matrix, a dark red son of Woonallee M Mussey weighing 852kg, and AJ&LC Facey, Millicent, also paid $6500 for their pick from the catalogue, Yerwal Mustang, a dark red, polled bull weighing 776kg, 

Yerwal Estate sold eight out of 13 bulls offered, averaging $5313, while Rellum Farms sold four of 10 to $6500, averaging $4625.

Yerwal Estate stud principal Regan Burow said he was happy with the sale and thought it “landed about where I expected it would”.

He believed the Black Simmentals sold particularly well, predicting a good future for them, and said it showed the need to keep the focus on producing soft, polled bulls for market requirements.

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