Bull sale sets Coolana records

Bull sale sets Coolana records

Stock and Land Beef
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Coolana Angus set record bull price and sale average last Wednesday.

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COOLANA ANGUS

*Total clearance of 130 bulls, sold to $17,000, av $7588

COOLANA Angus set a record bull price and sale average last Wednesday.

Mark, Anna and Max Gubbins’ decision to combine their annual South Australian and Victorian autumn Angus bull sales into one only sale at Chatsworth paid off, with strong support by both local Victorian and interstate buyers.

The 130 Angus bulls all sold to $17,000 and averaged $7588, both being new records for Coolana. 

The 18 month-old record-setting $17,000 top-priced bull, Coolana NZ465-L238 was purchased by long-time supporters, the Kelly family, Mooramook Pastoral, Caramut.

Sired by the New Zealand background bull, Te Mania 11 465, this magnificently structured and balanced youngster was supported by equally impressive and balanced Breedplan figures, up to +112 for 600 day weight, +17 for Milk, +2.8 for Scrotal, +6.3 for EMA and +2.7 for IMF. This topped the previous Coolana record of $16,000 set in their 2015 spring sale and equalled at last year’s spring sale.

With the $17,000 top and Coolana record-priced bull are vendors Mark and Anna Gubbins, and Alix and Harry Kelly, Mooromook Pastoral, Caramut.

With the $17,000 top and Coolana record-priced bull are vendors Mark and Anna Gubbins, and Alix and Harry Kelly, Mooromook Pastoral, Caramut.

Mark Gubbins reflects on Coolana Angus's best sale that achieved a total clearance and new stud records for top price and sale average. And the decision to disperse the Angus herd while on a high.

Very prominent SA purchaser over several years, Legh Winser, Benara, Mt Gambier, sent a strong buying order through beef consultant Dick Whale. He bought five bulls for Benara, averaging $10,800, including the $15,000 second top priced Coolana New Day H36-L122, plus the equal third top of $14,000 for Coolana Black Pearl L157. Sired by Coolana New Day H36 and Sydgen Black Pearl 2006 respectively, these two bulls had a very similar level and balance of BreedPlan figures to the sale topping bull.

Mr Whale purchased 18 bulls for five accounts. These included Burnfoot Pastoral, SA (seven bulls to $7000, av $6214) and Allhill Pty Ltd, Corowa, NSW (four bulls to $10,000, av $9125).

The dominant buying account was once again Princess Royal Station, represented by Simon, Andrea and Jack Rowe, buying through Elders Burra. They purchased 28 bulls, av $6911.

Princess Royal produces heavyweight steers for the EU market and the Rowe family swear by the quality and predictable performance of the Coolana bulls that really match their Breedplan figures.

Dick Whale (left), Jono Spence, Mark Gubbins, Ross Milne with Simon and Jack Rowe, Princess Royal Station.

Dick Whale (left), Jono Spence, Mark Gubbins, Ross Milne with Simon and Jack Rowe, Princess Royal Station.

Eighteen other South Australian producers made it onto the buyers’ list together the state accounted for 58pc of the 130 bulls, while 27 buyers from Victoria purchased 34pc of the offering.

McCarthy Livestock, buying through Elders Lucindale, got six bulls to $8500, av $7000. Swan Brothers, Meningie, SA, were also strong with five to $9000, av $8400.

Victorian buyers with four bulls each were Abbey Hills Partnership, Hawkesdale (av $8000), Hopkins River Pastoral, Dunkeld (av $8250) and CP&LM Iredell, Pigeon Ponds through PPH & S Naracoorte (four av $6500).

After the sale, senior principal Mark Gubbins paid special tribute to his strongest mentor and family friend Malcolm Macdonald who is currently very ill and not able to be present.

Coolana principal Mark Gubbins (2nd right) made an emotional presentation of Eclipse cattle product from sponsor Wayne Croft (left) to mentor Malcolm Macdonald’s three daughters, Andrea, Helen and Deb. Collectively they purchased 33 bulls in the sale.

Coolana principal Mark Gubbins (2nd right) made an emotional presentation of Eclipse cattle product from sponsor Wayne Croft (left) to mentor Malcolm Macdonald’s three daughters, Andrea, Helen and Deb. Collectively they purchased 33 bulls in the sale.

Mr Gubbins made a presentation to Mr Macdonald’s three daughters who were present at this sale bidding against each other and all other bidders; Andrea (Princess Royal, 28 bulls), Deb (Moonee Hills, four bulls) and Helen (Boundy and Macdonald, one bull). Wayne Croft representing sale sponsors provided the Eclipse cattle product for this presentation.

The sale was conducted by Elders and Spence, Dix & Co, with Ross Milne (Elders) and Jono Spence (Spence, Dix & Co) calling the sale.

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