2019 koojan hills Bull sale
“Koojan Hills Angus bull tops $18,500”
Koojan Hills Angus kicked off stud bull sales this week with gusto, hitting a top price of $18,500 at Manypeaks on Monday. Despite drought and tough seasonal conditions for many of their regular clients, the care which goes into the breeding program at the Metcalfe family’s stud enticed buyers back to buy again this year.
This years increased offering of 73 pasture-reared Koojan Hills Angus bulls reached a clearance of 60 under the hammer of Tiny Holly and the Landmark Breeding team, averaging $7,875. Down from the sky-high average of $10,208 set last year, the lower average was by no means a reflection of the quality on offer as the result stands well above Angus stud stock sale averages set so far this selling season. Demand from the 69 registered bidders in attendance pushed the value of top bulls past five digits on 13 occasions, right through to the end of the sale, with the bull in Lot 72 fetching a price tag of $10,500.
Landmark auctioneer Tiny Holly said it was a great result for the Metcalfe family. “To see the average top Angus bull sales so far this season was a fantastic result.” Mr Holly said.
“Some very good bulls sold very well and were sought after from New South Wales to Gingin, bolstered by strong local support. Congratulations to the Metcalfe family and the Koojan Hills team for presenting another outstanding line-up of Angus bulls.”
At the very top end of the sale, Mr Holly and his off-siders calling the bids had their work cut out for them as several bulls drew bids from buyers across the stands. It was the sire in Lot 27 which ended up drawing the most attention, fetching the sale topping price of $18,500 when Koojan Hills Kaiser N91 was hammered down to Alan Greenwell, Bullrush Farms, Gingin.
Local Landmark agent Harry Carrol had looked through the catalogue with the Gingin based buyer and said the Granite Ridge Kaiser bloodline drew attention. “The top priced bull certainly ticked a lot of good boxes,” Mr Carrol said. Bullrush Farms went on to buy another two bulls during the sale, including a July 2017-born son of VAR Discover 2240 for which he paid $10,500.
Top price buyers from last years sale, the Bairstow family, Arizona Farms, Lake Grace, returned to Manypeaks again to buy a stand out bull, securing the second top-priced sire of the day for $17,000. Noel Bairstow said the bull had the structure to go with those figures. “The temperament figure really stood out but it had good all round figures and the right sort of structure,” Mr Bairstow said. “The Kaiser bloodline is new for us so that was an added attraction and we liked the dam bloodline as well.”
By Courtney Walsh, Farm Weekly