Monterey 2001 Annual Production Sale Report
- Courtesy Farm Weekly

 Strong support pushes Monterey top to $8200

 A quality line-up of some of the best Murray Grey genetics available in Australia and a little help from a Win-a-Bull promotion saw a huge crowd turn up at the 2001 Monterey Murray Grey and Angus bull sale, where a Murray Grey bull achieved the top price of $8200.
 A crowd in the vicinity of the 500 mark created a terrific atmosphere prior to and during the sale, and prices reflected this.
 With 270 registered buyers, the sale was always going to have good buyer support and in the end there were 80 different buyers who operated throughout the sale. Monterey stud principal Gary Buller said he was very satisfied with the sale result.
"At the end of the day we didn’t have any spikes in the sale like last year," he said.
"This year it was a solid sale and demand was consistent throughout without being extreme.
 "We yarded 16 more bulls this year and the average was comparable to last year, with an excellent clearance."
 Gary said this year he included a line of 15-18 month old bulls and said it was the first time he had offered bulls of this age in the sale.
 "I think they averaged over $4000 and so I was pretty pleased with the way they sold and it is something I will continue to do in the future," he said.
 Monterey offered 35 Murray Grey bulls and sold 34 under the hammer to average $4591. Guest vendors Tullibardine and Bundaleer studs had 100pc clearance with their top prices equalling $5800 and $5200 respectively. The Monterey Angus bulls attracted good interest with 20 offered and sold to a top of $6200 and an average of $3310- up $200 on last year.
 The top price for the sale went to lot six in the catalogue – Monterey High Voltage, a January 1999 drop bull sired by Monterey Majestic Lad.

John Wirth (left), Wesfarmers Dalgety stud stock auctioneer,Jasmin Buller, Monterey, John, Jan and Brad Wood, Beau Valley Murray GreyStud, Kendenup, and Gary Buller, Monterey stud principal, with Monterey High Voltage, the $8200 top price bull at this year's Monterey sale.

 High Voltage was purchased by the Wood family, Beau Valley Murray Grey Stud, Kendenup, who have been consistent buyers of Monterey cattle for the last 10 years.
  At 815kg, he was the heaviest bull of the Monterey drop and was in the top 5-10pc for 200, 400 and 600 day growth, EMA and yield.
  John Wood said High Voltage was just the sort of bull they had been looking for.
  "He is a beautiful bull with great thickness and frame and good bone," he said.
  "I bought a Star Chief son here two years ago and this bull will go well over his progeny."
  Other buyers of Monterey bulls included Bob and Jane Fraser, Nina Springs Murray Grey Stud, Northampton, who paid $6200 for a Starlight son.
  Monterey Challenge was an April 99-drop bull out of Monterey Duchess and had a terrific hindquarter.
  The Frasers praised the bull for its depth, EMA, temperament and genetic background.
  Also paying top money were long time buyers Eddy Bros, Pinjarra.
  They outlaid $6000 for an April 99-drop son of Monterey Star Chief.
  The bull, Monterey Smart Lad, was out of Monterey Mannequin and had great depth and volume. Smart Lad was in the top 1pc of the breed for milk and scrotal measurements.

  Monterey stud cows with calves at foot were next to be offered with the $4200 top price paid by WA & JE Teakle, Northampton, for the first cow offered, Monterey Majestic Miss.
  Majestic Miss was a March 94-drop cow with a bull calf at foot. She was PTIC and had been running with Monterey Shiloh. 
  Murray Grey studs to buy females included Beau Valley, who bought two three in one units to a top of $3600.
  Eastern states buyers were also active on the stud cows with Jill Fiebiger, Penola, South Australia, buying Monterey Milkmaid for $2900 and Vernon Park Patience for $2200.

First calvers and mated heifers including 2001 sale females

 Stud heifers continued to sell well with NA & RG Eylward, Ungarra, South Australia, paying the $2100 top for Monterey Primrose T35, and Rodney Gregurke, Port Lincoln, South Australia, paying $1900 for Monterey Opal.
  MM Hanson, Sheldea Murray Grey Stud, Kingaroy, Qld, paid $1750 each for two embryos from Monterey Magnolia and two from Monterey Miss Magnolia.

Sale Summary

  Offered Sold Top $ Gross $ Average $
Monterey MG Bulls 35 34 8200 156,100 4591
Monterey Angus Bulls 20 20 6200 66,200 3310
Stud cows with calves at foot 15 15 4200 41,500 2767
PTIC heifers 9 8 2100 13,100 1638
Commercial heifers
(including guest vendors)
87 87 1020 78,975 908
Monterey Embryos 8 8 1750 10,000 1250
Semen 335 295 105 15,200 48