Rural Notebook | Record $190,000 paid for Millah Murrah angus heifer

JOBS WELL DONE: Bathurst MP Paul Toole presents community service awards to Odd Jobs Men Mark Ryan (left) and Brian Cowan (right), along with Roland Auguszczak who was awarded for his service to music.
JOBS WELL DONE: Bathurst MP Paul Toole presents community service awards to Odd Jobs Men Mark Ryan (left) and Brian Cowan (right), along with Roland Auguszczak who was awarded for his service to music.

ALL credit to the Thompson family of Millah Murrah stud for their excellent angus female sale in recent weeks.

Principal of Brooklana Angus Stud at Dorrigo, who paid a record price of $190,000 for the 21-month-old heifer, made a great point when asked for his comment after the auction.

“The hardest thing to achieve within a stud is the female,” he said.

“They are hard to get and hard to duplicate. Females are undervalued and under appreciated; two legs or four it doesn’t make any difference.”

Top dollar

IT was great to see Alan Stewart of Stockton Merinos Bairnsdale buy the dearest ram at the Ella Matta polls (Kangaroo Island, SA) annual sale.

I often admired Allan’s Merryville blood, SRS type sheep and I believe that the Ella Matta type is similar on a large South Australian frame.

Many wool studs have added a dual purpose family to their folio to meet increased demand for these types.

Auction result

AN Auctions Plus sale report on 150 merino ewe weaners that were 55kg liveweight, one-year-old, 65mm skins at $188 gives us an idea of real values.

Brokers tell us that 60mm staple length sells as well as 90mm-plus and these young ewes could shear 3.5kg and gross up to $50 each.

WIND IN THEIR SALES: There were some good results at the 15th Fosterfield Ram Sale last weekend. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

WIND IN THEIR SALES: There were some good results at the 15th Fosterfield Ram Sale last weekend. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

Fosterfield sale

SCOTT and Donna Seaman, Fosterfield, held their 15th on-property ram sale last weekend and welcomed a good crowd of people who came to have a look.

After 30mm-plus of much-needed rain earlier in the week, the sale day was a sunny spring day.

The Seamans sold 11 of the 33 rams on offer with a top price of $1800 to Joan Seaman who thought she might give poll rams a go.

There were four different buyers and a sale average of $1050.

Scott said he was happy to see his rams go to good local homes.

Words on wool

MANY sectors of rural media are in battle mode on recent happenings at Australian Wool Innovations, with chairman Wally Merriman in the spotlight.

I’m often asked for an opinion on the matters at hand and my words are pretty brief:

  • The Merriman family has been regarded as the premier fine wool stud breeders in Australia for at least my lifetime of three-quarters of a century.
  • Our wool industry is at a high point during the past few years and AWI and its board deserve much credit for this situation.
  • Breeders of dual purpose merinos are taking great strides with the use of ASBVs and a scientific approach to sheep and wool production.
  • I believe that chairman Wal has very strong support across many sectors of the wool industry and is a very strong character who doesn’t listen to much nonsense. However, strict board governance is demanded by many.
  • Perhaps the phrase “buzz off” may have been more suitable on the ABC.

Jobs well done

IT was good to see the recognition given to the Perthville Odd Jobs crew in the form of an engraved plaque at a recent awards presentation in Bathurst.

Spokesmen Brian Cowan and Mark Ryan accepted the award and stressed that the financial rewards that the team earns from their voluntary efforts is donated to Can Assist.

Mark can be contacted on 6337 2407 for details of this service.

Socks success

A VISIT to Frank Smith Workwear in Keppel Street found wool/milk socks that are great for us old fellows with lame feet.

Glen tells me that he’s sold thousands of pairs of these socks and there must be many very happy feet.

Also I noticed in store are the famous canvas water bags that are as Australian as Frank Smith.

Diary dates

  • Saturday, November 4: Mount Bathurst poll dorsets, 70 young rams on-property at Black Springs, 1pm. Up to $1000 of proceeds of lot 10 will be given to the Cancer Council.
  • Saturday, November 4: Pomanara fine and superfine rams at Sallys Flat, 1pm. 32 rams on offer from Geoff Rayner, 0428 288 075.
  • Saturday, November 11: Turon Hills merino, Farnham border leicesters on property at Sofala, noon. 19 merino rams and 20 borders. Phone Brenden or Kerry on 6337 7752.
  • Saturday, November 25: Book launch of “The History of Limekilns” by Colin Ferguson at Holy Trinity Church Hall, Kelso, 2pm. RSVP 6337 7234 for catering purposes.

Wool report

THE wool market had an uneven week with the market falling on the first day of selling and then rebounding on the second.

The fine and superfine wools led the way again, gaining around 40c/kg while the stronger merinos gained around 20c/kg.

But the crossbred wools moved in the opposite direction, losing around 20c/kg as the northern market indicator finished the week on 1673c/kg, up 15c/kg.

Next week could see more gains at the finer end of the market with good orders needing to be filled.

Sales next week will see 47,266 bales on offer nationwide.

Mark Horsburgh, TWG Landmark

Laugh lines

THE psychiatrist asked George if he was ever troubled by impure thoughts. George pondered and answered: “Oh no, doctor. As a matter of fact, I quite enjoy most of them.”

HE was gasping when he came in the front door. “I had a great idea to save a few bob, so I ran home behind the bus and saved $4,” he said. She replied: “You’re a bit of a mug, dear. If you’d jogged home behind a taxi you’d have saved us $25.50.”

SHE enjoyed George’s company, hugged him at the door and said: “Gee, you look like my third husband.” Shocked, he quietly asked: “How many times did you marry?” She murmured: “Twice so far.”