Offered 26 26
Sold 16 12
Top $6500 $5000
Av $4281 $4250
FAITHFUL Murray Grey breeders enjoyed great value for money at the Green Triangle sale at Western Flat on Wednesday last week with three quarters of the bulls sold at the $4000 base price.
But,co-vendors Geoff and Kate Buick, Arki stud and Denise and Anthony Fabris, Beeamma stud, were pleased to lift their clearance rate, selling four more bulls than 2018.
In the breakdown, 16 of 26 bulls topped at $6500 for a $4281 average, while there was a total clearance of 50 pregnancy tested-in-calf heifers, including several that had calved, for a $1686 average.
First-time Vic buyer Ian Ross, Horsham, snapped up the lot 3 sale topper, Arki Not Late N54.
The rising two-year-old bull had been judged the 2018 Melbourne Royal Show junior champion Murray Grey bull.
The 876-kilogram son of home bred sire Arki Justifiable J90 boasted Breedplan figures in the top 10 per cent of the breed for 200,400 and 600 day growth, and milk.
Mr Ross, along with his agent Elders Horsham's Richard Emerson, also bought lot 9, Beeamma Momentum M42 for $4000.
Deepwater Trust,Lochaber, secured two bulls at $4500 and $4000 and Fingerpost Family Trust, Reedy Creek, bought two bulls at $4000 each.
The Fabris family's $4500 highest price bull came late in the sale at lot 21, Beeamma Nimbus N40.
The 19-month-old weighing 802kg sold to R&KD Stanton & Sons, Kingscote.
Two volume orders ensured the female sale's success with Shannon Brothers, Meramba Holdings, Loxton, securing 29 head.
John and Sue Lock, Millicent, took home 12 head to $2100.
GD Wicks & Sons, Gumeracha, paid the $2150 top price for two cows with calves.
Mr Buick was pleased with the wide geographical spread of buyers at the sale, including several new clients.
"I felt the sale went very well considering how tough and dry the season has become in the southern part of Australia, while our northern farmers are still getting no relief from Mother Nature," he said.
Elders SA stud stock manager Tony Wetherall said there was "solid competition" for the females.
In the bull offering demand was strongest for the silver coated cattle.
"The lack of clearance of the bulls was no reflection of the quality," he said.
"They were a great representation of the breed with good muscling and structurally very good it was just that there are only a small base of commercial clients looking for Murray Grey cattle."
Elders conducted the sale with Tom Dennis the auctioneer.