Bullish move pays off for South West stud

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With the top-priced bull, Diamond One Competitor P94, are Lola Gandy, 9, of Gandy Angus stud, Manjimup, Romy Gandy, 7, and Steven Gandy, with Elders agents Cameron Harris and Terry Tarbottom.
Camera IconWith the top-priced bull, Diamond One Competitor P94, are Lola Gandy, 9, of Gandy Angus stud, Manjimup, Romy Gandy, 7, and Steven Gandy, with Elders agents Cameron Harris and Terry Tarbottom. Credit: Bob Garnant

A South West Angus stud’s bullish decision to move its annual February bull sale forward by three months and host a November auction has paid dividends after it secured a $10,750 top price.

Gandy Angus Stud of Manjimup sold 42 bulls through Elders at the Boyanup saleyards last Thursday for an average price of $5363, with stud principal Kim Gandy pleased by the result.

The decision to have a forward sale date came as the stud took into consideration its clients’ desire for grass-fed bulls.

“The sale met my expectations,” Mr Gandy said.

“We are encouraged to continue offering grass-fed bulls in November.”

Throughout the sale, Elders auctioneer Nathan King kept reminding the 42 registered bidders “they are only November bulls”, as the crowd considered the catalogue of 19 to 21-month-old Angus bulls.

“Moving the sale to an earlier November date is a new concep, which may take some time, but today there was some very good support from repeat buyers,” Mr King said.

The sale had a good start with lot one, a Mar Innovation 251 son, catalogued as Diamond One Innovation P50, and selling to account K & AL Payne, of Boyanup.

With the catalogue loaded with top sire genetics, it was a Gaffeny Competitor 361 son, Diamond One Competitor P94, which sold for the $10,750 top money.

Gandy Angus stud's Diamond One Competitor P94 sold for $10,750 to Wes Graham, of Monjingup stud, Esperance.
Camera IconGandy Angus stud's Diamond One Competitor P94 sold for $10,750 to Wes Graham, of Monjingup stud, Esperance. Credit: Bob Garnant

Elders stud stock manager Tim Spicer secured the bull via telephone hook-up on behalf of Monjingup stud principal Wes Graham, of Esperance.

Mr Graham said the 834kg bull represented outcross genetics for his 2000 Angus cow herd, which produces calves for the premium market via contracts with Kylagh feedlot, at Tammin.

“As a yearling, the bull was used in the Gandy stud as a proven performer and had conformation, style and balanced Estimated Breeding Values,” he said.

Diamond One P94 recorded growth figures of +56, +96 and +121, for 200, 400 and 600-day weights, all in the top 5 and 10 per cent range.

The $7500 second top-price bull, Diamond One Weigh UP P160, was secured by Elders agent Alec Williams, who was bidding on behalf of repeat account MC & CG Britza, of Gingin.

Mr Williams also secured two LD Capitalist 028 sons for the Britza family for $6500 and $5000.

Also featuring prominently at the sale were first-drop sons of Angus sire, Baldridge Bronc, with Anthony McDonald, of Kuloomba Farming, at Esperance, securing Bronc sons for $7000 and $4500.

Mr McDonald, who runs an Angus and Red Angus cow herd of 700, secured six bulls for an average price of $5542. “I was selecting for thick bulls with moderate figures,” he said.

“Buying bulls in November for June mating works for me.”

Repeat account DJ & MDJ Milne, of Esperance, secured three Bronc sons for an average price of $5534.

The new venue location at Boyanup was also a crowd-pleaser, with Brad Norton of Pinjarra back for his second Gandy sale, securing bulls for $6750 and $4500.

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