THE second annual sale at Kaludabah, Mudgee is proving that Bald Ridge Wagyu’s co-principles Rick and Dawne Hunter have been tracking in the right direction for over 20 years with the genetics that the industry is wanting.
They run their stud of 300 full blood cows breeding only full blood black and red Wagyus.
This sale surpassed their inaugural sale, topping at $20,000 to an average of $9936 at auction.
Their previous top was $10,000 last year averaging $7712.
There were a large number of repeat buyers along with new purchasers attending.
Bulls were headed to Queensland, Mendooran, Uralla and Victoria among other local towns.
In the breakup there were 45 black, six red and three unregistered bulls sold from of a total of 75 offered. A top-price of $17,000 was paid for black bulls while unregistered bulls went for a $6000 top. There was also one package of 10 straws of semen sold for $50 per straw. The embryo packages remained unsold. There were 24 bulls that made over $10,000.
The red, 25 month-old, CCCFL0126 Bald Ridge L0126, son of CCCFH0019 Bald Ridge Tamanunja, went for $20,000 to an overseas partnership from Texas, USA and Brazil. They will allow him to remain here in Australia to be used for stud duties.
There were 19 head sold via the AuctionsPlus platform averaging $5026 including second highest priced bull, HWSFL0951 Hermitage L951, for $17000.
John Hunter, property manager at “Wongaboori”, Mendooran, purchased the volume draft on behalf of Paul McGirr. He purchased six bulls averaging $10,833. The top-price of $15,000 in his draft was for CCCFL0131 Bald Ridge L0914, an August 2015-drop black bull who is sired by PSKFDH0042 Sunnyside FH0042.
“Mr McGirr has been buying full blood Wagyu bulls off Rick and Dawne Hunter for 20 years,” Mr Hunter said.
“We have found high fertility, ease of calving and consistency in performance on grass or feedlot conditions. This guarantees a high quality final product.”
Also with a draft of five, averaging $10,600 was Strathroy Enterprises of Uralla. Their draft included CCCFL0865 Bald Ridge L0865, a December 2015-drop black bull for $16,000 and CCCFL0870 Bald Ridge L0870, a November 2015-drop black bull for $12,000.
With a draft of four bulls, P and S Seyffer, Cambewarra, averaged $10,250. Their top was $12,000 for CCCFL0799 Bald Ridge L0799, a black August 2015-drop bull.
The co-principles were extremely happy with the sale.
“We have a number of different clients who are requiring different genetics and we will continue support all of their needs,” Mr Hunter said
“The red bull was outstanding, I thought, and the sale price of him too. We will retain him here to look after him for them.”
mrs Hunter said they were really pleased with the average price, it is quiet obvious what people want genetically. “We are really very happy.,” she said.
The auction was settled by Elders Mudgee with Brian Kennedy, Elders Livestock and John Settree, Landmark Stud Stock sharing the rostrum duties.