PLENTY of local Mudgee and surrounds Angus breeders have converged on the sixth annual Coffin Creek bull sale held at Mudgee last week. An offering and clearing of 37 bulls saw an average of $7694 to a top of $14,000. Also offered were 26 European Union (EU) Accredited commercial heifers. These topped at $1550 and averaged $1370 also seeing a 100 per cent clearance.
Frank and Mary Blackwell, Blackwell Pastoral, Glen Alice purchased the top priced bull, 16 month old, 675 kilogram, Coffin Creek Mudgee M73, a Coffin Creek Joker J202 NIWJ202 son and from Coffin Creek Abigail E157 NIWE157, which is by Comfort Hill EXT X293.
Their stud manager and repeat buyer, Dick Croake, said he liked the muscling, his figures and his overall shape and structural soundness.
“He will be going to the commercial herd of about 1100 cows in the Glen Alice area,” he said.
“The thing I like about these bulls is the quiet temperament, muscling & soft flesh that will bring overall softness to the herd.”
Volume heifer first time purchasers, Stephen Laylor, “Westward”, Ilford, is just starting into his Angus venture and wanted to “start with quality,” he said.
He now has a ‘bakers dozen’ which he hopes to grow into a nice little herd.
“This particular stud is well known and has such a good turn out due to the reputation for good stock.”
Paul Dooley, guest auctioneer, said the sale was good, the boys are up and coming.
“We will hear and see a lot more about them in the future,”
“There was a good crowd and a lot of local support,” he said.
Co-principal of Coffin Creek Angus, Harry White, had a great day.
“We had a lot of happy people, a lot of new faces and a lot of successful repeat buyers,
“We have a new client from Bulladelah who got a bull & a few heifers.
“There were a few bulls going to Guyra as well.
“We had an even line up of bulls and are very happy for the support of the purchasers.” Mr White said.
Coffin Creek principal Nigel White was very happy with the sale.
”I’m thrilled, all up we grossed more than last year, we were up by 10 per cent,” he said.
“Everyone who is a regular buyer was able to get a bull this year.”
“I dont think anyone got a bull they were not happy with.”
Co-principal Jack White, said it was a very pleasing result.
“A lot of repeat and local clients attended and we are happy to support them year in, year out,” he said
“We had a great atmosphere, a lot of numbers and that helps to add to the great vibe of the sale.
“It was good to see people going for the new genetics that we are seeing in our home bred Joker bulls.”
Bill Lawson, McDonald Lawson, felt the sale was very good.
“It was great to see so many repeat buyers mixed with new faces,” he said.
“A highlight was seeing how the bulls are getting better each year. Positive things are coming from this stud.”
Settling agents were McDonald Lawson, Mudgee with Paul Dooley, Tamworth, as guest auctioneer controlling the bids.