2015 sale success for Wallawong Murray GreysDecember 1, 2015
Spirited bidding by new and return clients showed outstanding confidence in our carcase focussed breeding program with 100 per cent clearance at the 18th Annual Carcase Quality Sale at ‘Marriot Park’ Gunnedah NSW in July. Several new milestones with the sale were achieved with 21 of 21 Murray Grey bulls sold to a top of $20,000 and an average of $6,666. Eleven registered heifers were also sold to a top of $2,750 and average of $2,068. Six commercial heifers reached $1,700 each.
Impressive weights and eye muscle areas combined with finishing ease appealed to both stud and commercial producers with registered bidders from Western Australia, Queensland, Victoria and throughout NSW.
The $20,000 top-priced bull was Lot 2 Wallawong Xyris LEJ J16, a 850 kg Melaleuca Chaser son of elite donor cow Bundaleer Esmeralda A32.
His raw EMA scan was 121 cm² with fat scans of 10 mm and 6 mm on rump and rib. Xyris was purchased by Southend Murray Greys of Katanning, Western Australia. Southend Stud Principal Kurt Wise travelled over for the sale and described Xyris as an exceptional sire in the flesh and a complete outcross to the Southend herd.
“Xyris caught my eye with the photo on the catalogue. He showed great strength of spine, exceptional sire’s outlook and softness. I was also very impressed with his maternal blood line. On seeing the bull in the flesh I was impressed with Xyris’ softness, length, large frame, deep, thick body, sound feet and quiet temperament. He was a very complete package. I decided that he was definitely the bull that was going to complement our herd.
I am looking forward to using Xyris throughout our herd, giving a quality outcross option to our clients in the future.”
– Kurt Wise, Stud Principal, Southend Murray Greys, WA.
The second top-priced bull was Lot 1 Wallawong Winchester who achieved $10,000. An Embryo Transfer calf by Lindsay Starbright S117 out of Mt View Valdawn, 950kg Winchester displayed a powerful carcase with great width of topline and a genuine B+ butt score. He possessed a raw EMA scan of 131 cm² and fat measurements of 9 mm and 7 mm on rump and rib. Repeat Wallawong clients PBR Properties, purchased the bull for their commercial operation and high-quality beef business near Biddaddaba, Queensland. PBR also purchased the top priced registered heifer Wallawong Gale K63 for $2,750.
Lot 7 Wallawong Xtra Modern caught the attention of many buyers, being the first Wallawong Ultramodern son in the catalogue. Ultramodern was the sire of the Grand Champion Carcase at 2015 Sydney Royal Easter Show and Xtra Modern was finally sold to phone bidder Ray Gross, Mackay QLD for $8,500. Mr Gross also purchased Lot 5 for $6,000 and a heifer for $2,000. The six Wallawong Ultramodern sons averaged $6666.
After inspecting Wallawong bulls at Beef 15 event in Rockhampton in May, new client and volume buyer Mitchell Clapham of Brookstead QLD took home four bulls for an average of $4,750.
The strength of the sale was clear evidence that well-muscled Murray Grey bulls producing progeny that meet MSA requirements are highly valued in the commercial beef sector. It further demonstrates people are willing to invest in the best genetics with the right balance of carcase shape, consistent performance and quality.
The registered heifers were purchased by a mix of stud and commercial buyers seeking quality females for their respective operations. Andrew and Sharon Gunn from Mundalola Murray Greys, purchased a heifer with an elite carcase pedigree – Wallawong Caldora K46 for $2,500 to boost the numbers of their stud herd near Attunga, NSW. Stetson Park Grazing QLD, purchased two heifers to $2,250 and a bull for $5,500.
Local Somerton commercial breeder and long-term Wallawong client, Julie Barnier, selected two heifers to a top of $2,250 and a bull for $6,000, while repeat buyer Michael Chamberlain of Nundle also purchased two registered heifers to $2,000 along with six commercial heifers for $1,700 each. Parsons Green Grazing, Glen Innes also selected two heifers to $2,000 to expand their registered Murray Grey herd.
To find out more about our Murray Grey bulls and breeding programs, please contact Wallawong Murray Greys.