May 8, 2015 | By Peter Cowcher
Our 27th annual on-property Willandra Bull Sale held on Feb 17 was a wonderfully successful day and we sincerely thank all buyers and underbidders for their support. In summary, 30 Simmental bulls sold at auction for an average of $6016, while 11 Red Angus bulls sold at auction for an average of $4895.
The Simmental team of bulls impressed many at the sale and there was strong competition on most lots throughout the catalogue. The top priced Simmental of the catalogue set a new record price for a Willandra bull at auction. Sired by the ever consistent Willandra Commando, with a visually stunning phenotype and backed by excellent performance figures, Lot 2, Willandra Jerry (pictured) was purchased for $15500 by Bullock Hills Simmentals, Katanning, W.A. and Woonallee Simmentals, Furner, S.A.
The support of loyal and repeat clients was certainly a feature of the day. VR & EJ Pitter secured a bull with excellent carcase attributes in Lot 1, Willandra J Curve for $5750. G&K Nicolaou purchased Jet Stream for $6000, JB & H Wringe were successful on Lot 7, Willandra Jonah for $7000 and FJ & M Foster & Sons purchased Lot 4, Willandra Jackson for $8250. There was stong support for Lot 18, Willandra Julian and PW & RJ McKean were successful in winning this exciting young sire at $8500. Topweight Simmentals also paid $8500, adding Willandra Jamaica to their stud sire battery. Long time supporters of Willandra Simmentals and volume buyers of the day were the Atwell Family of Williams, trading as Welldon Beef. They put together a high quality team of 8 young bulls at an average of $4625 to compliment their Angus based female herd. PP & B Smith, also return clients to Willandra, purchased two bulls for an average of $6500 and GT & J Ross also purchased two bulls at an average of $5500.
The Red Angus catalogue was also well supported by return clients. Great supporters of Willandra and the Red Angus breed, Preston Downs Farming, purchased the top priced Red Angus bull in Lot 38, Willandra Joker (pictured) for $8500. Sired by Willandra Cain, this young sire was very neat, well balanced and exhibited excellent carcase attributes. Preston Downs were also successful in securing Lot 39, a Jutland Fraser son for $6250. McMahon Family Trust purchased Willandra Javelin for $6500 and L Sharp & Son paid $7000 for Lot 41, Willandra Joseph. RE & OM Treasure and Blythewood Pastoral purchased bulls at $4000 while Mal Auld and K&J Hard paid $4250 for their new sires.