Monterey bulls to $10,000 at Brunswick sale
Two Monterey Angus bulls sold to an equal-top price of $10,000 at the Buller family’s 11th annual Winter Bull Sale held at Brunswick last week.
Following on from the Buller family’s record summer sale, again it was the combination of Millah Murrah and Monterey Angus breeding that hit the top prices.
Overall, Monterey offered 30 Angus bulls with 22 sold for an average price of $5284 through Landmark and Elders.
Monterey also offered 24 Murray Grey bulls, with 14 sold to a top of $8250 and average of $5089.
In the Angus catalogue, the Bullers featured some Millah Murrah genetics this year.
While the February sale was highlighted by a record top-priced son of Millah Murrah Docklands, at Brunswick, the equal top-priced bulls were sons of MM Tex K37 and MM Reality K61.
Monterey stud co-principal Gary Buller said the MM Tex son was a twin with excellent spine, head and temperament.
“This bull expresses muscle development and softness to suit all markets,” he said.
“The MM Reality son was out of a heifer and is structurally very sound, with excellent muscle development and plenty of style.”
The bidding on these two bulls was very competitive with two livestock agents bidding on behalf of undisclosed buyers.
Landmark agent Brett Chatley was successful on the MM Tex son, Monterey Northerly N72, an 880kg 25-month old bull, while the other top-priced Angus was secured by S & C Livestock agent Cameron Petricevich.
Mr Petricevich, who was bidding on behalf of a first-time buyer of Monterey bulls, was the under bidder on N72, but was successful on the 836kg younger 22-month-old Monterey News Story N164, sired by MM Reality K61.
“My client was looking to secure new genetics to put over his herd of Angus cows,” he said.
Mr Petricevich also secured Monterey Next Big Thing N173 for $8500 for his client.
This 22-month-old 982kg son of Monterey Harlequin H125 was the heaviest in the Angus catalogue with pedigree back to sire Vermont Duke E190 and dam Vermont Dream Y301.
Mr Chatley also secured another $6000 MM Tex son, Monterey Navigator N14, for his client’s second pick.
While new Angus buyers set the benchmark values at the beginning of the Monterey Winter Sale, it was regular repeat buyers who paid the top prices during the Murray Grey bull offering.
Northcliffe cattleman Michael Armstrong, a 20-year Monterey client, secured Monterey Nice N Easy N164 for $8250.
Mr Armstrong said he admired the deep, thick and long black Murray Grey bull, which would go to work in his pure herd.
The 856kg 23-month-old bull was sired by Woodbourn Kimberley K39 and out of Monterey Showtime E107 and was the second Murray Grey offered in the sale.
This bull recorded moderate Estimated Breeding Values of +29, +39 and +53 for 200, 400 and 600-day weights.
Mr Armstrong also secured a son of Monterey Hudson H296, Monterey Napoleon N250, for $6500.
Mr Buller said this bull had loads of potential.
Another repeat buyer, Maxine Greville of Gingin Pastoral, secured Monterey Netherlands N265 for $6500.
This bull was also sired by Woodbourn Kimberley K39 with a catalogue description of carrying a deep, soft and thick body with a perfect spine and great butt profile.
Dongara cattle producers Geoff and Wendy Driscoll, who run 120 Murray Grey Monterey blood breeders, made a rare appearance to secure bulls for $5000 and $4000.
“We usually have agents buy our Monterey bulls, but we included Brunswick in our visit to Perth, and were impressed with the venue,” Mr Driscoll said.
Elders auctioneer Alec Will-iams said the sale was again well supported by producers from Geraldton to Mt Barker with the majority being bought locally.
“An excellent result was achieved taking into account numerous factors, including seasonal constraints and an increased supply of bulls being offered this year,” he said.
“Overall the day was a pleasing success for both the stud and buyers.”
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