Monterey 17th Annual Sale Report

Report & Photos Courtesy Farm Weekly

Top priced bull

With the $14,500 top price Murray Grey bull Monterey Marvellous, at the annual Monterey production sale on Wednesday was Elders Breeding Services manager Don Morgan (left), Landmark senior stud stock auctioneer John Wirth, buyers Paul and Sandra Francis, Ondiong Murray Grey stud, Dorrigo Plateau, NSW, Elders South West sale coordinator Brad Preston, and Monterey stud principal Gary Buller, Karridale.

Monterey Mr Cool sold for the $13,500 second-top price at last week's Monterey Production sale. With the Murray Grey bull was Elders South West sale coordinator Brad Preston (left), buyer Marilyn Hansen, Shell-Dee stud, Kingaroy, Queensland, Monterey stud principal Gary Buller, Karridale, and Landmark stud stock manager Preston Clark

By JODIE RINTOUL, KANE CHATFIELD
and TRINITY GOLDING
IT takes only two words to describe last week's Monterey Murray Grey and Angus production sale at Kojonup where prices peaked at $14,500 for a Monterey Murray Grey bull: absolutely brilliant.
The sale is renowned for its quality bulls and females put forward to buyers, making it one of the state's most prestigious fixtures on the sale calendar and this year was no exception.
But it was not just WA producers from across the state which got in on the act, there was also at least 15 eastern states registrations, which came from every state in Australia.
Normally the sale has a handful of eastern states buyers, who normally purchase over the phone, but this year they were at the sale in person to check out the quality on offer after Monterey's impressive display at the Premier Murray Grey sale held in Wodonga, Victoria, last year.
More than 125 buyers registered for the joint Elders-Landmark sale, ensuring the offering attracted solid support with prices being pushed above last year's levels.
After just over three and half hours of selling, the final result delivered to vendors was a tremendous sale gross of $636,750 (for stud animals) – up 43pc on last year –making it the biggest grossing stud sale in the state.
The 77 Murray Grey bulls sold averaged $5328, which comprised of nine yearling bulls aged 16-19 months and averaging $5611, 28 Angus bulls sold to average $4643 (up $987 on last year) and the 23 stud Murray Grey females sold averaged $4196 (up $78 on last year).
Monterey stud, Karridale sold 57 Murray Grey bulls at a healthy average of $5754, up $2053 on last year.
The stud also sold 28 Angus bulls to a top of $8,000 and 23 stud Murray Grey females to a top of $8000.
Guest vendors in the Murray Grey bull section of the sale Tullibardine also experienced a good sale clearing its 20 bulls offered at an impressive average of $4113, which was up $545 on 2008.
Both Landmark stud stock auctioneer John Wirth and Elders auctioneer Dennis Roberts agreed it was fantastic sale result.
Mr Wirth said for the number of cattle on offer, the size of the sale and the quality presented there wouldn't be a sale in Australia which would equal it.
"The lateness of the season this year, certainly helped in the quality of the bulls presented," Mr Wirth said.
"Basically it was a magnificent presentation of Murray Grey and Angus animals.
"The Monterey genetics and the quality animals presented attracted a big contingent from the east.
"Local breeders also appreciated the quality and bid up accordingly and there was also more activity from the areas north of Perth after experiencing a better season this year after the drought.
"All in all, it was a lot stronger than expected and truly outstanding result."
Mr Roberts said the sale offering was an outstanding credit to the two vendors.
"You would be hard pressed to see a sale line-up anywhere in Australia with such evenness and quality as was presented at this sale," Mr Roberts said.
WITH very few seats spare in the shed the bidding was competitive right from the moment the first Murray Grey bull entered the ring and with such a quality line-up on offer it wasn't surprising that prices rose beyond $10,000 on numerous occasions.
But it wasn't until the junior bulls entered the ring that the buyers really fired up.
As soon as the 772kg, June 2007-drop calf Monterey Marvellous C281 entered the ring, the buyers soon sat up and took notice.
After an opening bid of $6000, the price quickly rose as bids from within and out of the shed flew in at the auction team.
However, in the end, the ET bred Monterey Starlight son, was headed east after he was knocked down to New South Wales stud breeder Paul and Sandra Francis, Ondiong Murray Grey stud, Dorrigo Plateau.
The silver calf was out of Monterey Miss Magnolia S90 and was a full ET brother to Monterey Sensational, whose first sons sold exceptionally well at the Queensland Five Star sale in 2008.
As he moved around the ring Marvellous lived up to his name, showing exceptional style, length, muscling and all the attributes of top sire.
However, not only did he have all the physical attributes to make him stand out but also the arithmetic with EBVs of +5.7 for birthweight, +4 for milk, +29, +44 and +61 for 200, 400 and 600 day weight, +31 for carcase weight, +2.4 for EMA, +0.1 for rib and rump fat, +1.3 for retail beef yield and -0.2 for IMF.
Is index values were also impressive with values of +$37 for the long fed index, +$40 for the supermarket index and +$53 for the heavy grass index.
He had a frame score of 6.2, a scrotal circumference of 40cm and raw EMA scan of 111cm2.
Mr Francis said Marvellous offers a family outcross for the stud with a complete, balanced and safe bull.
"We inspected progeny of a full brother that went to Queensland and were impressed with what we saw," Mr Francis said.
"Gary has also used brothers in the Monterey stud from the same cow so he is obviously very well bred."
Not far behind Marvellous in the price stakes was Monterey Mr Cool C115 when he was knocked down for the second top price of $13,500.
Mr Cool was also headed for the eastern seaboard when he was knocked down to return top price Monterey bull and female buyer Marilyn Hansen, Shell-Dee Murray Grey stud, Kingaroy, Queensland.
The 940kg silver bull was described in the catalogue as a growth son of Monterey Stratosphere, who had terrific muscle development, depth of body, faultless structure coupled with softness and real breed character and style.
Mr Cool, who is a junior trait leader and out of Koojan Hills Kuri M47, had a frame score of 7, a scrotal circumference of 48cm and a EMA scan of 120cm2.
Along with impressive raw data the April 2007-drop calf also impressed on his EBV list with figures of +3.9 for birthweight, +4 for milk, +31, +46 and +58 for 200, 400 and 600 day weight, +38 for carcase weight, +1.6 for EMA, +1.4 for retail beef yield and -0.3 for IMF.
His index values were also impressive with values of +$37 for the long fed index, +$41 for the supermarket index and +$53 for the heavy grass index.
Ms Hansen said she had first spotted the bull in the catalogue and when seen in the flesh, he was a standout.
"Mr Cool presents an outcross bloodline on the sire line and will be well suited to the stud's female type," she said.
"We liked the growth, scale and upstanding nature.
"We do well in the show ring at home and he will complement the show team well."
In 2005, Gary Buller paid $15,000 for a Shell-Dee sire that remains Queensland's record Murray Grey price and according to Marilyn, Gary is rapt with his heifer progeny.
Mr Cool was offered as a ¾ share and possession package.
Another bull to go beyond the $10,000 barrier was Monterey Cougar C72 in lot 16, when he was penciled down for $12,000 to WA stud breeder Richard Metcalfe, Melaleuca Murray Grey stud, Manypeaks.
The 890kg, silver, junior trait leader looked the complete package in the ring with structure, muscling, depth and volume.
He was sired by Monterey Zorro Z183 and had the performance to brag about with EBVs of +4.8 for birthweight, +6 for milk, +31, +46 and +66 for 200, 400 and 600 day weight, +40 for carcase weight, +2.5 for EMA, +1.6 for retail beef yield and -0.4 for IMF.
His index values were +$49 for the long fed index, +$53 for the supermarket index and +$65 for the heavy grass index.
Cougar was also offered as ¾ share and possession package.
Rounding out the $10,000 club was Monterey Chrome Lad C195 in lot 22, who was bowled over at this price to another Queensland buyer Tim Perkins, The Ultimate Murray Grey stud, Warratah, Miles.
The silver, April 2007-drop calf was sired by Monterey Unit Holder Z16 and out of Monterey Showgirl Y202.
The 882kg Chrome Lad had good bone and frame with depth, volume and stretch.
He was also junior trait leader with EBVs of +5.1 for birthweight, +4 for milk, +31, +48 and +71 for 200, 400 and 600 day weight, +40 for carcase weight, +2.2 for EMA, +1.3 for retail beef yield and 0.0 for IMF.
His index values were also impressive with values of +$45 for the long fed index, +$51 for the supermarket index and +$58 for the heavy grass index.
Cougar was offered as a ¾ share and possession package.
Paying $9000 for Monterey Corroboree C232 was another WA stud, Raymond Park, Chittering.
The 800kg silver bull was by Monterey Megaman Z76 and had EBVs of +4.5 for birthweight, +8 for milk, +27, +48 and +77 for 200, 400 and 600 day weight, +42 for carcase weight, +1.9 for EMA, +1.3 for retail beef yield and +0.1 for IMF.
Securing four Monterey sires including Monterey Chesterfield C134 at $8500 was David Richardson, Chittering.
The 840kg, silver junior trait leader, who is a real curve bender had EBVs of +2 for birthweight and +21, +41 and +65 for 200, 400 and 600 day weight.
He also paid $6250 and $5750 (twice) for the other three Monterey bulls he purchased.
Buying two Monterey bulls to a top of $8250 was Yamba Murray Grey stud, Narrandera, NSW.
They secured the 890kg Monterey Ceduna C81, who was sired by Monterey Verdict V44 at this price tag.
It secured a second bull at $6500.
The volume buyer in the Monterey Murray Grey run was Mark Forrester, Kananda station, Kalgoorlie, who secured nine Monterey bulls to a top of $5750 and an average of $4528.
Purchasing three Monterey Murray Greys at an average of $4667 and to a top of $5500 was Landmark Northampton agent Garry Harrison.
There were six buyers, which secured two Monterey Murray Greys and these included Eagle Hawk Farms, Lancelin, Yackaboon Grazing, Williams, A & T Larussa, Gingin, Cadda Downs, Badgingarra, Alcoa Farmlands, Waroona and GH & HE Watkins, Bakers Hills.

With the $8000 top price Monterey stud female, Monterey Primrose A210, is Landmark stud stock representative Nathan King (left), Elders south west sales co-ordinator Brad Preston, and loyal top price buyers Ray Palmer and Wylie Woolcock, Raymond Park Murray Grey stud, Chittering.

Pictured with the top selection of commercial heifers, Elders Boyanup-Bridgetown territory sales manager Bill Kessell (left), Landmark Margaret River branch manager Ken Wrigglesworth, top price buyers' representative, Ken Bland, and Scott River Trading principals Kathryn and Tony Mostert.

Monterey 2009 Production Sale Summary (under the hammer results)

Offered Sold Top Gross Average $
Bulls          
Monterey Bulls 59 57 $14,500 $328,000 $5754
Tullibardine 20 20 $6,250 $82,250 $4112
Monterey (Angus) 30 28 $8,000 $130,000 $4,643
TOTAL 109 105 $14,500 $540,250 $5,145
Females          
Monterey stud cows (w/ calf) 15 13 $8,000 $65,000 $5019
PTIC cows 4 2 $3,000 $5,500 $2,750
PTIC heifers 8 8 $4,000(2) $25,750 $3,219
Semen 180 110 $110 $8,800 $80