Bonnydale cow & calf sells for $22000

Bonnydale Glendive K199 SnLThe cow and calf unit from the Bridgetown-based stud was purchased in a pick of the herd deal by first-time buyers to the stud, Stuart and Sam Moeck, Valley Creek Simmentals, Bowral, New South Wales.

The 25-month-old cow, Bonnydale Glendive K199, is a third-generation female from the stud’s elite Bonnydale Glendive cow family and is by the powerful and proven sire Bonnydale Black Hawk H274.

The Introvigne family, Bonnydale Black Simmental stud, Bridgetown, has negotiated the sale of this young female, Bonnydale Glendive K199, and its heifer calf, for a national Black Simmental record of $22,000 to Valley Creek Simmentals, Bowral, NSW.

Its two-month-old heifer calf, Bonnydale M29 is by United States sire Sand Ranch Hand.

The Moecks, who have been running a Black Simmental herd alongside a traditional Simmental herd for six years, inspected the Bonnydale herd at Easter and picked Glendive K199 as their choice.

After negotiations with Bonnydale stud principals Mike and Rob Introvigne the deal was done.

Mr Moeck said the main reason behind the purchase was they were looking for new outcross genetics which were different to anything in the Eastern States to start a new cow family in their stud.

“We have been looking around for a while and decided to make the trip across and inspect the Bonnydale herd as we knew they would have something that would suit our requirements and objectives,” he said.

“I have been involved with Mike on federal council and we have had discussions about their program so I knew the type of cattle they were breeding.

“The stud also has the runs on the board, they have had some very successful sales in the past couple of years and the figures for the herd stack up really well.”

The Moecks picked K199 out straight away on both its figures and physical package.

“She is a young cow with plenty of potential,” Mr Moeck said.

“She is a very tidy female with no faults.

“However for us her main attraction was her performance figures – she has unbelievable EBVs which rank her very highly in the Simmental breed.

“She is a standout and we really couldn’t find anything wrong with her.

“We also inspected her dam, grand dam and sire and were impressed by them as well.”

Bonnydale co-principal Mike Introvigne said Glendive K199 is phenotypically flawless and has performance data that is nothing short of outstanding.

Glendive K199’s impressive EBVs include 200-day weight and carcase weights which rank it in the top five per cent of the breed, while it ranks in the top 10pc for calving ease, 400-day weight and docility and top 20pc for birthweight.

Added to this is its impressive set of indexes where it has the top value in the breed for the Vealer Terminal index and ranks in the top 5pc for three other indexes Domestic Maternal, Export Maternal and Northern Terminal.

Mr Introvigne said the Glendive cow family is noted for its impressive structural integrity, progeny performance and maternal excellence.

“Twenty-three Glendive females are in our herd and all are descendants of the matriarch Bonnydale Glendive C200,” Mr Introvigne said.

“There are also many more which reside in other herds across Australia as a result of embryo sales from Glendive C200.”

The Moecks already know exactly how they will use K199 in the stud and are looking forward to getting it back to Bowral

“We have just purchased a new sire from Canada so we will flush K199 to it and the progeny from this mating will be a complete outcross to anything else we have in the stud,” Mr Moeck said.

“We are quite excited about this cross and are looking forward to seeing the progeny from the mating.”

This isn’t the first purchase the Moecks have made in WA.

In 2013 they purchased a traditional Simmental bull, from the Bullock Hills stud in partnership with the Wormbete stud, Illabo, NSW, from the Farm Weekly WA Supreme bull sale for $17,750.

In February this year Bonnydale set a national record price for a Black Simmental yearling bull when it sold a sire at its on-property bull sale for $24,000.



By JODIE RINTOUL Stock and Land April 7, 2016