Tom and Lizzy Baker, family and staff celebrated a very successful fourth Elite Ladies Female sale of their Woonallee Simmentals last Wednesday, February 6 at Furner, highlighted with a new Black Simmental female auction record price of $30,000.
In a total clearance, 64 females and genetic packages sold for an outstanding average of $5156, with every state represented on the buyers’ list.
The sale was conducted by agents Elders and Landmark with Ben Finch from Elders auctioneering.
It was also connected online through Elite Livestock Auctions coordinated by Chris Norris, with this system adding 32 registered bidders to the 41 in the sale complex.
It was one of the online bidders, Dallas Kropp, Dallas Ranch in Preston via Toowoomba, Qld who purchased the Woonallee record priced female, brought forward to be the second heifer offered.
He paid for Woonallee Heaven Sent P4, a polled 11 month-old black heifer, an imported embryo from Lewis Farms in Canada.
Long time supporter, Tony Head, Cummins - buying through Landmark Cummins - was the biggest volume buyer of females, purchasing six Black Simmental heifers at a great value and average of $3083.
“While traditionals are my passion, I am expanding the black side of our herd where the commercial market place has more strength at present,” Mr Head said.
“There are some really exciting black genetics around now, especially the likes of the Riddler, that is so soft and easy going; the Tanker types that have real grunt; High Voltage that offers calving ease with growth and muscling, plus the Messiah progeny coming along which will be a great line to follow."
Lizzy Baker said post sale that it was terrific to see such great and continuing support for their program from so many repeat clients but it was also good to see some new ones as well.
“While it was a great day for the Baker family and their staff, I reckon it was a better day for the buyers," Elders auctioneer Ben Finch said when summing up the sale.
"There were a lot of buyers who went away from this sale really happy with the quality they got at top value."
- 19 traditional Simmental females: sold to $15,000, averaged $6263
- 35 black Simmental females: sold to $30,000, averaged $5171
- Overall Simmental females: 54 sold to $30,000, averaged $5556
- Three recipient females: sold to $7500, averaged $5333
- Seven semen packages (10 straws each): sold to $4200, averaged $2000