For their 8th on-property bull and female sale John and Nicole Hopkins, Wormbete Simmentals, Illabo invited longstanding friends and committed Simmental breeders Stuart and Samantha Moeck, Valley Creek Simmentals, Bowral to once again offer their cattle.
- 26/26 bulls sold, top $21,000. av $10,461
- 22/22 females sold, top $10,000, av $6909
The top priced bull, VC Renown at $21,000 was bought by Craig Wooding, Magpie Park Simmentals, Penola, SA when offered by Stuart and Samantha Moeck, Valley Creek Simmentals, Bowral.
Mr Wooding was attracted to his choice of the draft for the exemplary shape and structure of the yearling sire along with his genetic lineage.
His new stud sire prospect was a son of SVS Captain Morgan 11Z from a daughter of MR NLC Upgrade U876.
"We are pretty keen on the Captain Morgan bloodline which is giving us softness and doabilty in our cattle," he said.
"They are important traits for the production of premium beef and with the bull's correct structure, length and depth of body we are happy he will be a great addition to our stud herd."
The bulls figures included +0.3 birthweight, +44 600 day growth, +3.9 EMA and +0.2 rib.
In their female draft John and Nicole Hopkins, Wormbete Simmentals, Illabo recorded a top price of $9000 when Wormbete Fifi Q137 was offered.
The daughter of Wormbete Jackaroo J64 was PTIC to Wormbete Prime Minister and was purchased by VMC Corporation, Sutton Forest NSW who put together a draft of five heifers from the sale.
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Speaking after the sale, Nicole Hopkins said it was an excellent result indicating confidence in the quality of the cattle.
"We are breeding fertile, robust, easy doing, structurally sound and commercially relevant Simmental cattle that are proven for longevity and performance," Mrs Hopkins said.
"We are really thrilled with the progress of our genetic programs and appreciate the support today.
Stuart Moeck was also pleased with his offering and the manner in which buyers responded.
"It was an unbelievable result," he said.
"I can't thank everyone enough for the support right across Australia - it gives us the confidence to keep going with our program."
The sale was settled by Nutrien, Wagga Wagga with Hamish McGeoch attending to auctioneering duties and was interfaced with AuctionsPlus.
- Full report next week
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