Bull sale beefs up

Bull sale beefs up

All 101 bulls on offer were sold at the recent annual Baker family cattle sale at their Woonallee Simmental stud at Furner.

A gathering of 200 witnessed the 17th annual sale which was held in mild weather.

The highest-price bull was the opening lot which was a traditional Simmental dubbed Woonallee Trojan PP.

It was sold to Mia Boers of Holbrook in New South Wales for $40,000.

The agents noted that it had a large frame, was long bodied and with huge power and weight for age.

Woonallee Trojan PP is said to be exceptionally well made and possesses all the cosmetics needed for stud duties.

The 25 traditional Simmentals averaged $13,622 while the 41 Black Simmental bulls sold to $35,000 and averaged $12,327.

The 35 SimAngus bulls sold to $35,000 and averaged $10,846.

The 2023 sale saw 113 bulls change hands for an average of $15,009 and a high of $60,000.

One delighted bull breeder was teenager Liv Baker who sold her first bull for $24,000.

Lot 75 Woonallee Trigger T137 went to Landscape Beef – Duck Island Composite Bulls, Keith through agent Robin Steen of PPHS.

The stud is owned by James Darling AM.

Ahead of the sale, Woonallee co-proprietor Tom Baker thanked all who had worked to ensure the success of the day.

“The beef industry has changed in the last 12 months but we are in a good spot now,” Mr Baker said.

His remarks were endorsed by Elders auctioneer Ben Finch.

“We are coming out of a small lull,” he said.

As in the previous 16 sales, the Baker family provided lunch and dinner and refreshments to all in attendance at the sale.

The post-sale catering was provided by Lumberjack barbecues.

The sole selling agents were Elders while on-line bids came via Auctions Plus.

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