Livestock

Successful Angus sale

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March 30, 2017

A total of 52 bulls were sold at the Witherswood Angus bull sale, for an average of $5500.

Goorumbat cattle service provider Mark Woodstock.

Buyers Lou and Rosemary Maher from Meerlieu, who bought the top two grossing bulls, with Witherswood Angus owner John Woodruff and auctioneer Michael Glasser.

More than 50 bulls went under the hammer at the Witherswood Angus sale last week, resulting in a top price of $15000 as more than 100 people descended on the stud property near Glenrowan.

Of the 59 bulls that went to sale, 52 were sold at an average of $5500.

Witherswood Angus owner John Woodruff, who owns the stud with his wife Joan, said he was ‘‘really pleased’’ with the auction results.

‘‘We had buyers from Gippsland, Wagga [Wagga], Albury and lots of local buyers,’’ he said.

‘‘The real strength was in our local buyers.’’

Mr Woodruff said people paid good money for good bulls and got fair value.

‘‘People are aware how good bulls can step up their own breeding program ... the better bred bulls will give them the better chance [on the market]’’ he said.

Buyer Lou Maher from Meerlieu, 40km east of Sale, purchased the two highest grossing bulls: lot 53, which went for $15000 and lot four, which went for $14000.

Mr Maher, who purchased the bulls with his wife Rosemary and daughter Jasmine, said he was ‘‘happy enough’’ with the purchases.

‘‘I thought [the bidding] wasn’t going to stop,’’ he said.

‘‘We had expected to go somewhere near those figures to get the bulls we wanted because they’re popular bulls with everyone right now, and they’re genetics we’ve been looking for.’’

Mr Maher said he purchased the bulls to raise the standard of his cattle through better genetics.

‘‘That’s what it’s all about,’’ he said.

Cattle service provider Mark Woodstock from Goorambat missed out on snapping up a bull despite bidding on several, and said he thought the prices were higher than expected.

‘‘The average was a bit higher than I thought it might be,’’ he said

‘‘We had out sights set on a little bit lower and we were blown out of the water.’’

Mr Woodstock said the stud had continued to have a strong sale each year.

‘‘Their average has gone up each year so they’re obviously doing something right ... the bulls are obviously doing the job they want them to do when they get back to the farm,’’ he said.

‘‘[Just] gotta keep dipping into your pocket further!’’

Seven Creeks Estate owner Ross Carrington and manager Wayne Ellis from Euroa were the biggest volume buyers of the day, taking home six bulls.

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