Monterey 2003 Annual Production Sale Report

Courtesy Farm Weekly

Photo of top price bull at 2003 sale for $13000, Monterey Whisky Lad.

  The 11th Annual Monterey Production Sale on Wed, 29th January 2003 was once again highly successful. In an outstanding show of support for the Murray Grey breed and the Monterey and guest vendor studs, 160 registered buyers competed strongly for the catalogue on offer, with 57 bulls selling to a top of $13000, averaging $5249 with 100% clearance.

   Competition came from all states for the top priced bull Monterey Whisky Lad, an April 2001 drop bull by Monterey Sundowner with a moderate birthweight of +3.3 and growth and carcase traits all around the top 5% of the breed. Whisky Lad, who was used over 35 females as a yearling, weighed in at 830kg and sold to the Simmonds family, West Brookton, who also purchased two females to a top of $4800 for the Monterey Starlight daughter, Monterey Veronica U4.

   2nd top price was paid by Tasmanian breeder John Young “Cam Grove” who paid $9500 for the 952kg Monterey Woosha, a son of Monterey Tremendous. Woosha had outstanding growth figures in the top 5%, moderate birthweight and indexes of +$42 for long fed and +$36 for domestic supermarket, both indexes being in the top1% of the breed. Mr Young returned to the sale this year after being the under-bidder on last year’s top priced bull, Monterey Gotcha.

   Also heading East to return buyers Chris and Graham Pengilly, “Windhaven” stud, SA, was MontereyWhirlwind, $9000, a Starlight son who was also used in the stud as a yearling. Whirlwind had a birthweight of +2.9 with 600 day growth of +58 (top 5%) and outstanding indexes of +$49 long fed and +$37 domestic supermarket, both in the top 1% of the breed.

   Volume buyers, Martindale Pty Ltd, purchased 9 bulls to a top of $8200 for Monterey Western Wind, an 844 kg son of Sundowner, with top 5% growth and top 1% index for domestic supermarket.

   Kanandah Station, Kalgoorlie, purchased 5 Monterey bulls to a top of $5000 for the 15 month old Monterey Woomera, a Starlight son.

   Guest vendors, Tullibardine and Bundaleer also had total clearances with top priced Tullibardine Wyoming, a Millennium son, selling for $6200 to David Richardson Toodyay, who bought a further three bulls.

   Bundaleer Stud sold to a top of $5400 for Bundaleer Warratah, a June drop son of Monterey Shiloh, to Martindale.

   Top priced female at $6000 was a daughter of Monterey Finesse with a Maneroo Julian bull calf at foot and PTIC to Monterey Steamroller. Purchaser was John Currie, “Tomango” stud, NSW. Seven cow/calf units sold to $6000 and averaged $4400.

   Commercial females met with solid demand with 5 pens selling to a top of $1200 for PTIC heifers.

   Bidding on semen lots was brisk with 160 straws selling to $130 and averaging $80.

   A feature of the sale was the large number of bulls in the top 10% for both long fed and supermarket indexes. Also pleasing was the strong competition from repeat buyers, who purchased the majority of the offering.

2003 Sale Summary

  Offered Sold Average $
Monterey Bulls 37 37 5,519
Tullibardine Bulls 15 15 4,973
Bundaleer Bulls 5 5 4,080
  57 57 5,249