By Jacqui Bateman, Stock Journal
Offered 23 41
Sold 12 31
Top $7500 $13,000
Av $5189 $5758
BLACK was the colour of choice on Friday at the fifth annual Southern Cross Simmental Sale, with the $7500 top price paid twice for two Black Simmental bulls bred by Yerwal Estate, Lucindale.
Held in a new venue on the outskirts of Mount Gambier, joint vendors Yerwal Estate and Rellum Farms, Mount Gambier, offered 23 Simmental bulls for sale.
Twenty-one buyers from Mount Gambier, Lucindale, Naracoorte, Penola, Millicent, Dartmoor and Horsham, Vic, registered their interest in the sale.
Oakview Trust twice paid the top price of $7500 and was also the volume buyer with its purchase of the two black sires.
Yerwal Boss Hogg, weighing 866 kilograms with a eye muscle area of 125 square centimetres, was the first in the sale ring to reach the $7500 high.
Yerwal Mike – weighing 918kg with an EMA of 127sqcm – followed, and was also snapped up by Oakview Trust for the same price.
LS Johnson & Sons, Naracoorte, paid $6500 for Rellum Farms Matrix, a dark red son of Woonallee M Mussey weighing 852kg, and AJ&LC Facey, Millicent, also paid $6500 for their pick from the catalogue, Yerwal Mustang, a dark red, polled bull weighing 776kg,
Yerwal Estate sold eight out of 13 bulls offered, averaging $5313, while Rellum Farms sold four of 10 to $6500, averaging $4625.
Yerwal Estate stud principal Regan Burow said he was happy with the sale and thought it “landed about where I expected it would”.
He believed the Black Simmentals sold particularly well, predicting a good future for them, and said it showed the need to keep the focus on producing soft, polled bulls for market requirements.