A large crowd turned out to the Caldwell family’s 11th on-property Milwillah Angus bull sale at Young last week to see a complete clearance of all 73 bulls offered to average $7904.
The top priced bull, Milwillah Identity N44 was purchased by an interstate and first time buyer, Peter Attard, Shingle Hut, Moura, QLD, for $22,000.
The 18 month old son of USA 16710463 Koupals B&B Identity was out of Milwillah Dream G71 daughter, with a birth weight of +5.6, 200-day weight of +56, 400-day weight of +102, 600-day weight of +132 and an eye muscle area of +2.8.
Peter Attard said, we flew down three weeks ago to pick out the bulls and were wanting to buy, Milwillah Identity N44 as he was the stand out bull for me.
“His an exceptional power bull, extremely thick and he is impeccably bred.”
“We had him up the crush to feel his bone and muscle traits and he was a stand out to join over our commercial herd.”
“He will be used in our AI program in early October, and a stand out for us was that all bulls had been semen and morphology tested, which was a great testament to Will’s philosophy of breeding cattle.” Mr Attard said
Travelling down with Peter Attard was Ross Milner, Yeppoon, QLD, who purchased two bulls averaging $8500.
The second top bull made $17,000 and was purchased by Pinora Angus, Heyfield, Victoria.
Closely followed were two bulls who reached a top of $16,000, Milwillah Reality M96 purchased by Crawford Angus, Adjunbilly, and Milwillah Identity N21 who was purchased by return buyers Sam and Patrick Hayden, Buchan Station Buchan, Vic.
Sam Hayden said they had been returning to Milwillah for quiet a number of years and this year we were chasing the Identity bloodlines.
“We loved his great sire outlook, while the growth, muscle and bone he carried was a standout for us.”
“We already have his dam in our herd and really like her genetics”. Mr Hayden said.
Leading the volume buyers, Nigel Robards (manager), Ulladulla Pastoral Company, Holbrook, with Tim Wright, Elders Holbrook doing the bidding, put together a draft of seven bulls to a top of $10,000 and averaged $7714.
Mr Wright said, Ulladulla Pastoral Company had been buying bulls for three years and really liking what the Milwillah program offered.
“We like the way Will has put together his cattle with IMF, while producing easy doing cattle with great growth that is in proportion, combined with his outstanding after sales service.” Mr Wright said.
A strong number of volume buyers purchased three bulls including, Doolin Farming, Myall Downs, North Star paying to a top of $12,000 to average $8333, Windridge Farms, Young, who also averaged $8333, FA Kelly Trust, Emu Flat, Binalong averaged $7000, Durndax Pty Ltd, Raploch, Willow Tree averaged $5666 and Shaun Robinson, Emerald park, Binalong averaged $7000.
Volume buyers continued with a large number of buyers purchasing two bulls to improve there numbers.
Will Calwell, Milwillah Angus said, there as a huge number of bulls sold to the loacal community and within a two hour radius.
“We are very thankful and overwellmed with the support and the sale result in what has been an extremely testing year for everyone,” My Calwell said.
The sale was conducted by Elders and Landmark with Andrew Wishart tallying the bids.