RETURN buyers were a majority in the large crowd that gathered at the Moogenilla Angus eighth annual sale held last Friday at the Central West Livestock Exchange, Forbes. Vigorous bidding was undertaken on all lots sold.
With 46 bulls offered there was a 100 per cent clearance and a stud record average of $8760. Sixteen bulls made over $10,000.
Moongenilla L15 (AI), a 902 kilogram, July 2015 drop son of USA 17236055 Sydgen Black Pearl, fetched the top price of $16,500. He was purchased by repeat buyers Ted and Jim Aston, “Redlands”, Thuddungra.
“He looks pretty good. All of his indexes were high, he was a good shape and size,” Mr Aston said.
He will be going to Mr Aston senior’s property at Rankin Springs where they have a grazing block. They are running over 300 cows spread over a number of properties throughout the region.
Volume buyer, Mark Kearine, Euabalong Station, Euabalong has been purchasing Moogenilla bulls for the past four years. His draft of six bulls topped at $11,000 twice bringing his average to $9750.
He likes the calving ease and excellent weight gains that have shown to improve his heard.
“We keep the replacement heifers and our herd has certainly improved using Moogenilla bulls,” he said
“We have around 900 breeders and are increasing to about the 1000 mark in our commercial enterprise. I missed my two favorite lots, it was a strong sale and I should have gone stronger on them.”
Stud principal, Sarah Wrigley, was happy to have conducted such a strong sale.
“The averages were up over $2000 on last year. The other sales have been running strong in the last few weeks and that was a good sign but we still didn't expect our average to jump by that much,” she said.
“This sale was as good as we have ever had. Our bulls are as good quality as two years ago.
“We had a very even line of bulls, the bulls that we cataloged this year have a very strong depth of moderate birth weight and very high growth rates, really nice carcase that gave them high numbers over all four indexes.
“There was a lot of evenness of type with 18 Emperor sons out of the 46 bulls.
“The market has been so strong for the past few years it’s hard to accumulate enough bulls at home to hold a bigger auction.
“We are happy to see all of our clients making some money in their commercial breeding operations, its good that it’s coming through to the studs,” she said.
The sale was conducted by Kevin Miller, Whitty, Lennon & Co, Forbes, with Luke Whitty manning the rostrum.