A DECISION to postpone their online female sale from November last year to the eve of their bull sale on Wednesday last week paid dividends for Woonallee stud principals Tom and Lizzy Baker.
The total clearance of the 41 lots also affirmed Woonallee's standing as one of the nation's leading Simmental studs.
The 31 PTIC females topped at $11,500 and averaged $7016, the two pens of SimAngus heifers topped at $3750 and averaged $3375, while all seven semen packages averaged $229 per straw.
The top priced female was lot 14- Woonallee Pear T245 which was a daughter of Bonnydale Nukara and out of one of the stud's best young cows.
In their AuctionsPlus comments the Bakers described the Black Simmental as a "sound made female with extra thickness and capacity with the data to match her phenotype."
The PTIC female, which was in calf to AI sire KBHR Honor, is heading to Tasmania to DG&DJ Martin, West Kentish.
The next highest price of $10,500 was paid for an eye appealing traditional female, Woonallee Polly T246.
The Woonallee Kiwi Q73 daughter was in calf by natural mating to Hartfield Salavatore to calve in May. She sold to Brodhi Carracher, Grangeburn stud, Wannon, Vic.
Volume buyer was Les McBain, Drouin South, Vic, taking home six females to a $9000 high.
New genetics proved the most sought after with $400 a straw paid for a package of 10 straws of United States Black Simmental sire KBHR Global J138. Global was the $75,000 sale topper from KBHR's 2022 sale and was bought by Woonallee in partnership with Rydeen Farms and All beef.
The successful buyer was an Elders Albury, NSW, client.
Mrs Baker said the online format had been a success with 27 active bidders and more than 210 bids on the catalogue.
"With only 40 lots it was hard for people to justify travelling a lot so we decided to go online only," she said.
"We are realistic the beef industry is not what it was 12 months or 18 months ago - we are very happy with the result."