* 71 of 72 bulls sold to a top of $12,500, av $7155
WEERAN Angus stud, Byaduk, recorded a near total clearance of its bulls, at this year’s on-property sale, reaching a top price of $12,500.
The stud also sold three bulls for $12,000 each, two to regular clients Nareen Station, with the third going to Hawkesdale buyer Paul Lewis.
Top price was paid for Weeran Neutron, a March 2017-drop bull, by Ian and Hazel Sutherland, Coleraine.
Mr Sutherland said he was transitioning out of Herefords, into Angus, to meet the weaner market.
“We are not a stud, and he suited our needs, as his estimated breeding values were quite appealing,” Mr Sutherland said.
“He was smooth, had good shoulders, stood up well and had good muscling.”
Neutron N102, (A1) (ET) Lot 8, was sired by Ascot Hallmark H147, out of Millah Murrah Rado G276.
The bull had a rib fat estimated breeding value of of one millimetre, rump fat of 1.8mm and an eye muscle area of 2.9 square centimetres.
Neutron had a birth weight of 6.7 kilograms, a 200-day weight of 48kg, 400-day weight of 87kg and 600-day weight of 119kg.
Weeran stud principal Alec Moore said he was very pleased with the quality of the line-up presented at the sale.
“Quite a few sire lines really clicked, and I was very confident people would like them,” Mr Moore said.
“We have got good diversity, with the autumn bulls and Millah Murrah embryos in our gene pool, and the type of cattle we are offering.”
He said Millah Murrah had a quality program, recognised throughout Australia.
“We are trying to infuse them into our herd and add some Millah Murrah type quality to our cattle,” he said.
He said repeat buyers “bid up” strongly on the bulls at the sale.
“We didn’t think the sale got silly, it didn’t get dizzy, and it can’t get dizzy, the way things are at the moment," he said.
Gary Webb, SKB Rodwells, Warrnambool, bought one of the $12,000 bulls for Warrnambool producer Paul Lewis.
Weeran Newton N361, an August 2017-drop bull, was by Ardcairnie F96, out of Weeran H541.
“He was a nice, symmetrical bull, well put together and with good figures,” Mr Webb said.
The bull would be used over cows at the property, to produce export cattle.
“All the steers went on the boat to Russia this year, and the heifers are still at home,” Mr Webb said.
Dairy Livestock Services's Brian Leslie conducted the auction.