Strong support from cattlemen and women produced a great result for the Caldwell family at their 10th Annual Milwillah Angus bull sale held on-property at “Clover Hill”, Young.
Auctioneer Andy McGeoch said it was hard to believe it was only their 10th sale.
“What a tremendous line up they offer,” he said.
Milwillah principal Will Caldwell again acknowledged the female base of the Milwillah program.
“We wouldn’t be able to offer the bulls we do without the tremendous female lines we had to build this herd on.”
The Caldwell family offered and sold 101 bulls reaching a top of $27,000 for Milwillah Reality L20 recording an average of $8881.
Reality L20 was purchased by the Hayden family of Buchan Station, East Gippsland, Victoria, who needed no introduction at Milwillah.
Having purchased the top price bull of last year’s offering Milwillah Krakatoa K92 as well as Milwillah Elsom H283 the 2014 top price bull and Milwillah Elevator J128 in 2015.
L20 was in the top five per cent of the breed on Angus breedplan for calving ease direct, calving ease daughters, gestation length, 400 and 600 day weights, and heavy grass index.
Sam and Patrick Hayden of Buchan Station said “We have used female sexed semen from last years purchase Krakatoa K92 and are happy with the first progeny particularly out of the Elsom H283 daughters, L20 being another Reality we think will complement Krakatoa as we introduce the Reality 839 bloodline into the herd”.
Three bulls reached the second top money of $17,000 including Milwillah Complement L120 purchased by long term support Betty Roche, “Arden”, Adelong.
Mrs Roche said “I have always bought the best bulls I could afford, you are repaid in your females”.
Allan Dean Family Trust, “The Grange”, Baradine, purchased Milwillah Equator L502 and Milwillah Reality L19 also sold for the second top money this time through AuctionsPlus.
Strong support from volume buyers was the back bone of the sale Hale River Cattle Co, “Napperby”, Alice Springs loaded 27 bulls for a $5815 average paying a top of $7000 on ten occasions.
Doolin Farming, “Glenhoma”, North Star, topped at $13,000 securing four bulls for a $10,500 average.
FA Kelly, “Emu Flat”, Binalong, also secured four for an average of $8250 paying a top of $9000 twice.
While Milly Milly Pastoral Co, “Milly Milly”, Young, average $8000 four their four paying a top of $10,000.
The sale was conducted by agents in conjunction Elders, Young, and Landmark, Wagga, with Andy McGeoch, and Andrew Wishart sharing the duties.