Carenda Jeronimo 884 with vendor Ray Kitchen, buyers Brian & Julie Armstrong & auctioneer Chris Waddingham.
Earlier this month, Australia’s longest running Holstein Bull Sale topped $13,000 with Carenda Jeronimo 884, a stud bull bred by Holstein Australia member Ray Kitchen of Carenda Holsteins.
Bidders gathered on Wednesday 2nd of March at the Boyanup Sale Yards for the 62nd Annual Holstein Bull Sale, featuring animals from a handful of HA members including Carenda Holsteins, Treeton Holsteins, Sinagra Holsteins and Moonaralla Holsteins.
Nutrien Ag Livestock Auctioneer, Chris Waddingham said the bulls sold were met with strong competition from a number of parties. “It was very pleasing,” he said.
The sale raked in a total of $166,500 for the 27 animals on offer. The 23 bulls grossed $147,000, averaging $6,391 and the 4 heifers sold pulled in $19,500 for an average of $4,875.
The $13,000 bull sale topper Carenda Jeronimo 884 is a good looking 2 year old with good conformation and is a polled and A2A2 carrier, with a 418 BPI. He is backed by a long line of VG and EX cows and his maternal brother Amalfi is in the Genetics Australia AI program. He sold to return buyers Brian and Julie Armstrong from Northcliffe who have supported the sale for many years.
Sinagra Mighty Connie with auctioneer Chris Waddingham, vendor Leon Giglia & buyer Ron Mountford.
Taking out the top price female was the freshly calved Sinagra Mighty Connie who sold at $7,500. She is an impressive polled carrying heifer from the Connie family which descends from the Ponderosa line. She was offered by vendors Leon & Kerry Giglia of Sinagra Holsteins and sold to well-known WA registered breeders Ron, Heather and Bradly Mountford of Brampton Park Holsteins.
Top vendor, Ray Kitchen of Carenda Holsteins said he was delighted to get the price for his sale topper and for the many other bulls and heifers sold in the sale.
“Buyers appreciate the value of good genetics and understand how it can improve their herds,” Ray said.
Nutrien Ag Livestock Auctioneer, Chris Waddingham said although WA’s dairy industry is shrinking, bidders were met with strong competition for the top end bulls on the day.
“The sale is a clear example that even under tough circumstances, good quality bulls are selling and are meeting vendor’s expectations,” Chris said.