Will pictured with Sam Hayden of Buchan Station, Buchan. Victoria, Lachlan Wilson of Murdeduke Angus, Winchelsea, Victoria and Bill Cornell of ABS Australia with Milwillah’s 2016 top priced bull lot 15, Milwillah Reality K92. Sold to the Victorian Syndicate for $36000.
Will pictured with Gerard Ryan of Unthank, Albury on behalf of the purchaser, Hazeldean Angus, Cooma with $28000 lot 65 Milwillah Complement K108 and his contempories, including 3rd top priced bull Milwillah Complement L7 purchased by Bongongo Angus for $23000.

Profitability through Genetic Progression at Milwillah

A large crowd turned out to the Caldwell family’s Milwillah Angus at Young on Wednesday to watch the rain come down and the bulls go up.

A top of $36,000 was reached for Milwillah Reality K92 with 96 of the 101 bulls offered selling for an $8,802 average price.

A partnership of Buchan Station, East Gippsland, Victoria, and Murdeduke Angus, Winchelsea, Vic, formed to purchase K92 a son of the imported New Zealand AI sire Matauri Reality 839 out of a Coonamble Elevator E11 daughter with ABS Australia also involved with plans to market semen in the bull.

Lachie Wilson, Murdeduke Angus who have spring walking rights said “he will be used in the stud, he is the best Reality son we have found, for his temperament, structure, and muscle pattern” with top critics calling K92 a B muscle score.

“We really like his balance, structure, muscle, and eye appeal” Sam Hayden, Buchan Station added who have autumn walking rights.

This is not the first top price Buchan Station have purchased at Milwillah with 2014 top price Milwillah Elsom H283 already in sire battery.

Bill Cornell, ABS Australia said “the temperament and structure as well as muscle pattern of K92 who combines Reality with a really impressive moderate Elevator daughter and legend bulls back in the pedigree such as future direction was a real drawn card”.

The support from seedstock producers continued with both Hazeldean Angus, Cooma, and Bongongo Angus, Coolac both purchasing EF Complement 8088 sons.

Hazeldean paid $28,000 for Milwillah Complement K108 out of a Te Mania Emperor E343 daughter from the Mittagong cow family.

While Bongongo paid $22,000 for Milwillah Complement L7 out of an Ardrossan Equator A241 daughter from the Dream cow family.

Long time client and seedstock producer, Betty Roach of Arden Angus Adelong, purchased stand out son of Milwillah Ada G211, Milwillah Ada K335 to add to her sire battery at Adelong.

Kriden Inn, Forest Reefs, put on a show, purchasing three bulls to average $17,667 with a top of $21,000.

Elders Goondiwindi lead the volume buyers putting together a draft of 12 bulls with a top price of $11,000, and an average of $8,083.

While Coolac Cattle Co, “Cooininee”, Coolac, averaged $9,667 for six bulls paying to $12,000 twice.

Everyone went home smiling though because there was also unbelievable value for those commercial buyers looking for quality at a good price, with 35 bulls selling for $6000 or less.

The Caldwell Family increased bull numbers from 78 to 101 this year and will continue to build numbers in 2017, to ensure value is achieved.

“I’m overwhelmed with the result and very glad with our decision to once again increase the number of bulls this year. The pace was pretty hot up until Lot 70 but then all bulls past in after that were sold after the sale. The majority of people that came for Milwillah genetics went home with Milwillah genetics,” Will Caldwell said.

“Next year is our 10th Anniversary sale and there will be even larger groups of the now proven calving ease sires EF Complement and Matauri Reality on offer as well as new sires such as Blackpearl.”

“We want to ensure value and that our clients have access to the latest genetics available both domestically and abroad.”

“We’re in the business of improving profitability through genetic progression, with this there is an element of risk but with risk comes reward,” Will Caldwell concluded.

The sale was conducted by agents in conjunction Elders and Landmark with Andy McGeoch, Joe Wilks, and Andrew Wishart tallying the bids.