Total clearance of 48 bulls sold to $10,000, av $4730
THE sale held recently by Alpine Angus illustrated they have not only welcomed a large part of the Welcome Swallow herd but also their clientele.
With overcast skies and gumboot conditions underfoot, the large crowd was warmly welcomed by principal Jim Delany, who detailed Alpine’s commitment to existing Welcome Swallow clients.
The sale was held on-property at Rosewhite and was their first spring offering. The 48 bull line-up consisted mainly Welcome Swallow bulls with seven Alpine bred bulls in the middle of the catalogue.
The sale enjoyed a full clearance of all lots and an average of $4730.
Mr Delany said: “The sale offered buyers the opportunity to buy quality bulls at affordable prices.”
One former Welcome Swallow client to support the sale was Craig Ferguson who along with his brother Brett from Bowmans Forest bought four bulls.
The brothers were long time Welcome Swallow customers and purchased the top price Alpine bred bull for $10,000.
The top price was for Lot 20 Alpine Casino. The 23 month-old bull weighed 805 kilograms was by sire Ardrossan Casino C18. He had estimated breeding values of +5.0 for birth weight, +48 for 200-day weight, +81 for 400-day weight, +116 for 600-day weight, +4.8 for eye muscle area and +1.4 for intramuscular fat
Mr Ferguson commented that having a closed herd meant that maternal qualities played an important part in the consideration of the top priced bull. His good frame and structural correctness appealed and the ability to buy locally also played a part.
They also bought the top priced Welcome Swallow Bull for $8000.
First time visitors Andrew Kilsdby and his son Stuart travelled from South Gippsland on the recommendation of John Webb Ware of the Mckinnon Project.
They walked away with four bulls ranging from $3500 to $4500 for their property Snizort South at Tarwin.
In closing, stud principal Mr Delany was rapt with efforts of his team and thanked Jim and Suzy Martin from Welcome Swallow for their ongoing assistance.
The sale was conducted Rodwells with Michael Glasser from GTSM running the auction