Merridale bulls to $22,000

Merridale Angus bulls top out at $22,000


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Bulls by Merridale Angus' own sires out-performed the AI sired bulls at its on property sale Friday.

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*25 of 37 bulls sold to $22,000, av $6980

*4 of 7 stud heifers sold to $7000, av $4750

TOP: With the top priced bull at $22,000 were Landmark stud stock auctioneer Peter Godbolt, Landmark stud stock Ray Attwell (who took the phone bid), Brodie Collins, Merridale Angus, Tennyson, James Wilson, Rodwells, Bendigo, and Adam Mountjoy, Rodwells livestock manager.

TOP: With the top priced bull at $22,000 were Landmark stud stock auctioneer Peter Godbolt, Landmark stud stock Ray Attwell (who took the phone bid), Brodie Collins, Merridale Angus, Tennyson, James Wilson, Rodwells, Bendigo, and Adam Mountjoy, Rodwells livestock manager.

A pleasing result for the buyers and the vendor was the wrap up from stud principal Peter Collins at the culmination of the Merridale Angus sale Friday.

The on-property video sale at Tennyson saw bulls sell to $22,000 and average $6980 for 25 sold under the hammer - a clearance rate of 67.5 percent.

Four stud heifers sold to a top of $7000 and averaged $4750.

A phone bid by Luke Graham, Crawford Angus, Tumorrama via Tumut, NSW, won a bidding war to take the top priced bull at Merridale Norris N5.

Mr Graham made his pitch sight-unseen relying on video and photos of the animal and an inspection by Landmark stud stock officer Ray Attwell on sale day.

Crawford Angus are regular buyers at Merridale and run a stud herd along with large commercial herd.

The top priced bull had figures of plus 44 kilograms 200-day-weight, +81 for 400kg dw and +110kg for 600 dw. The 940kg bull had an eye muscle area of +6.6.

The same buyer paid $13,000 for lot 5, Naughton N114, sired by Gem with figures of +46kg 200dw, +87kg 400dw and +120kg 600dw.

Mr Collins said the highlight of the sale for him was the competition for the seven lots sired by home bred bulls, Gus G110 and Gem, G80.

The top priced bull was by Gus, while lot 4, Nutshell N16, that sold for $14,000 to Landmark Echuca account Kyle Landy, Echuca, was by Gem.

The 870kg bull had figures of +51kg 200dw, +95kg 400dw and +134kg for 600dw as well as an EMA of +8.9.

Strong buying support came from the northeast of the state through Costello Rural's Graham Costello buying for three clients.

Honor and Mark Auchinleck, Baringa, Towong, picked up the three bulls including lot 6 by Gem for $13,500.

Nordtrak N106, a 920kg bull, displayed figures of of +46kg 200dw, +87kg 400dw and +120kg 600dw.

Mrs Auchinleck said the bull had good figures and was an ideal bull for use over heifers.

She said they had been fortunate with 52mm of rain in February and around 12mm already in March.

Costello Rural account Bruce Whitsed, Nariel, bought three bulls to a top of $5000 and averaged $4333.

Another northeast buyer, Ross Jarvis, Cudgewa, paid $5000 for a bull Neptune N134, byt Genesis.

Mr Jarvis later paid the top price of $7000 for a stud female, Stephie N103, a full sister to the top priced bull in the sale.

Mr Collins said a further five bulls had sold immediately after the sale.

He said the top end of the catalogue was an excellent result and the average was "great".

Many clients had lighted off female numbers which hit the clearance rate but he was "more than happy for clients who have supported us".

Another volume buyer on the day was J and H Wall and Sons, Gowangardie, who bought three bulls to a top of $13,000 and averaged $7666.

The top lot was Nostradarmis N25, a Tour of Duty son with figures of +48kg 200 dw, +100kg 400 dw and +127kg 600 dw.

Agents were Landmark and Rodwells with Peter Godbolt and Adam Mountjoy selling.

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