Peter & Charmaine Cook, Barana Simmentals, Coolah, celebrated their 14th Annual On-Property Sale with a solid result, selling 39 of 40 bulls and 18 of 19 females.
Bulls sold to a top of $9500 and averaged $4769, while the stud & commercial female offering topped at $3250 and averaged $1800.
Prospective buyers travelled from five states and the sale attracted many long term clients as well as some new faces.
One of the new clients included Adam Scibberras, 12, Country Style Simmentals, Londonderry, who set his sights prior to the sale on Lot 10, Barana Hobbs.
Adam paid $9,500 for the Barana Edgeworth son to use as his first stud sire, having established his stud in 2013. Barana Hobbs was selected on his muscle pattern, softness, confirmation & good eye pigment.
Losing bidder on the top-priced bull Brian Wormwell, Monivae Simbrahs, Moonie, Queensland, secured two sires in Barana Hendricks at the equal second highest price of $8000 and Barana Hall at $4500. Buying at Barana for the second time Mr Wormwell was chasing softness and weight gain in his selections to add to their Simbrah breeding programme.
Purchasing their fourth stud sire from the Cook family in recent years R & M Flannery, Bonhomie Simmentals, Brookfield, also paid the second top price of $8000 for Barana Haynes. The bull was a Barana Emotion son with length, depth & softness with one of the highest EMAs in the catalogue at 147 square centimetres and IMF of 4.7.
The Pointing family, Walcha, purchased the third $8000 bull at the sale in Barana Hexham and a second black Simmental sire at $7000 topping the black offering.
Dathanti, Binnaway, was the volume buyer at the sale securing six bulls to a top of $6000 and averaged $3916. To be used over commercial composite females the line was put together based on temperament, carcase attributes & muscle.
The female offering saw prices climb to $3250 paid by Wongalea Simmentals, Cassilis, for Barana Hermione, a red Simmental heifer pregnancy-tested-in-calf [PTIC] to Waterfront Fabian to calve in the autumn. Wongalea Simmentals also purchased Barana Jacinta, an unjoined heifer, at $2750.
Landmarks Stud Stock’s John Settree, Dubbo, purchased a line of females on behalf of Northern Territory client John Craven Diesel Services, Katherine, including Barana Hyacinth at $3250.
Peter & Charmaine Cook were pleased with the result of the sale given the conditions the beef industry has experienced over the past 18 months and humbled by the support they received at their sale.
The sale was conducted by Elders and Davidson Cameron & Co with Andy McGeoch at the helm as auctioneer.
Courtesy The Land’s Struan Pearce