The Border Watch : January 12th 2016
• Buyers inspecting bulls at Coolana’s spring bull sale last September. In three sales last year Gubbins of Coolana sold 225 bulls at auction. Beef cattle producers will have those same opportunities in 2016. No passengers in Coolana’s program ON the back of an exceptional sale year in 2015, Mark and Anna Gubbins and their son Max launched their Coolana Angus and XSimm Black Simmental seedstock program under the one banner of ‘Gubbins of Coolana’. Holding three bull sales and one female sale in the 2015 calendar year in Victoria and South Australia from their two breeds, they sold 225 bulls and nearly 143 registered females at auction, plus significant private and commercial sales. This is a 20 percent increase in bull sales over the previous year, with growth based on recognition of the quality of the Coolana cattle and the way they are performing for their purchasers, backed up by exceptional client service. The Coolana venture into Black Simmentals was a move to offer crossbreeding advantages of up to 40 percent to their clients with Angus herds, without affecting the colour of their overall herds. Last year their XSimm bulls were offered in conjunction with the Victorian Spring Angus bull sale, rather than separate sales as in the previous years. This decision proved to be a wise one with several buyers purchasing from both catalogues. Client productivity and after sales service are the key motivators for the Gubbins family and the great staff at their Chatsworth and Meningie properties. Strong commercial attributes on offer at Murray Grey sales THE two vendors of the Green Triangle Murray Grey sale are working towards their sixth sale to be held on Wednesday, March 2 at Arki, Western Flat SA. On offer will be 26 bulls and 32 commercial females. The sale bulls are showing some great commercial traits to suit the modern beef producer’s needs. Ease of calving with low birth weights from +2.3 breed average +3.3, positive fats indicating softness and doing ability. Also showing good growth, top 15 percent for 200, 400 and 600 days. EMAs in the top 10 percent, top 15 percent for milk, top five percent for scrotal and some amazing indexes top three percent. The sale bulls include seven with positive fats, two high EMAs, five below average birth weight, six with high growth figures, three good milk figures and three high scrotal figures. Lot 24 Arki Killby K65, 600Dw +64, rib fat +0.6, rump fat +0.8, is a deep bodied bull with a strong top line. He is in the top five percent for vealer index. Lot 31 Beeamma Krusty K11, Bw +2.9,EMA +2.2, is a smooth long bodied bull with a below breed average birth weight and a better than top 10 percent for EMA. Not taking anything away from the other lots, they are vaccinated with 7-in-1, Vibrovac and PI tested negative. You can buy with confidence which is backed by 57 years of breeding. There will be two Murray Grey sales in two days, only 150km apart. The Lindsay Murray Grey sale will be on Tuesday, March 1 on their home property at Pigeon Ponds. The Green Triangle sale will be held on Wednesday, March 2 at 2.00pm with inspection from 12noon. For further information contact Tom Dennis (Elders Naracoorte) on 0427 975 207, Geoff Buick from Arki on 0438 582 071, or Denise Fabris from Beeamma on 0407 566 341. They have a real passion for breeding beef cattle and work from a base of 2000 cows, run under commercial management conditions. There is no room for passengers in the Coolana breeding herd, with only the high and consistent performers retained, whether assessed for structure, mobility, fertility, or breeding performance. This ensures Coolana bulls have already passed significant reliability and performance tests well before they get to sale, plus they have a higher fertility background and their soundness ensures buyers consistently get extended years of service from the Coolana bulls. Longevity is a key component of their female herd. Further verification of Coolana’s quality were carcass wins in major competitions in 2014 for clients Bungeeltap Pty Ltd, Macedon, Vic and Longerenong College, Horsham, Vic. In 2016 buyers will have the same opportunity to purchase some of the country’s best Angus and Black Simmental genetics from the three bull sales. Gubbins of Coolana’s program kicks off with their SA autumn Angus bull sale on Wednesday, February 17 at The Basin sale complex at Willalooka. This is followed by the Victorian autumn Angus bull sale on Thursday, March 3 at their Wetlands Complex at Chatsworth. On Thursday, September 15 they will hold their Victorian spring bull sale, again at their Wetlands selling complex, where they will offer bulls from both breeds. There will be approximately 70 Angus bulls on offer at each of the three sales, plus approximately 30 Black Simmentals or SimAngus at the Spring sale. Field Days will be held on-property at Chatsworth on Tuesday, February 2 as part of Victorian Beef Week, and at Meningie on Tuesday, February 9 as part of the SA Beef Field Days. The Gubbins family welcomes enquiries on the auction sale bulls from both breeds, or for private sale bulls at any time throughout the year. Pathfinder’s maternal difference IT IS the female power of the Pathfinder herd that drives their clients’ success. It has been another stellar year for Pathfinder clients, including records being broken in the Noss dispersal sale, with cow/ calf units selling to $2300. Auctions Plus also recorded unprecedented demand for Pathfinder genetics with Bette Hall, Penola selling 16-18 month PTIC heifers to a top of $2020. The maternal difference is the unique combination of fertility and calving ease, with massive growth in the calves. Phil and Jean Biggins’ steers, at the Naracoorte Weaner sale, were once again the top with weight and return. Their heifer calves topped the weaner sale at $3.37/kg. In a very positive beef market it is fantastic to see the long-term Pathfinder clients being well rewarded. They also have highly sought after cow herds that are at the forefront of profitable beef production. Pathfinder welcomes you to walk amongst a mob of cows they will have on display at their Gazette complex for the field day and sale. Their field day will be held on Wednesday, February 3, with the bull sale being conducted on Wednesday, February 24 at 11.00am. Warrawindi traits leading the breed WARRAWINDI Limousins will offer 25 high muscle, low birth weight rising two year old bulls in its annual onproperty sale. Also on offer will be six specially selected show yearling heifers from some of the best females in the herd, including the first progeny of B Bar Titanium. The bulls on offer are all polled and sired by trait leaders in the breed. It will be the last progeny of Stevens Moonwalker who has proven himself over eight years and a leader of seven 20 - The Border Watch Beef Focus 2016 traits in the breed. Sholone Nobel Prize has proven himself with adding extra muscle length and calving ease. Wulf’s Yonkers leads the way in the black section of the catalogue with the best black poled bull lineup Warrawindi have had. Once again the stud is part of the SA Beef Field Days on Friday, March 18 and Saturday, March 19 and their sale is part of SA’s Limousin Week from Tuesday, February 23 to Thursday February 25. All bulls on offer are high perfor- mance sires and are MN1, semen tested, Pest and Proto free, 7-in-1 Pest Vibro vaccinated and vet checked, therefore are fit and fertile ready to work and are guaranteed for fertility and docility. With free delivery for your bull all the hard work is done, all you have to do is select the right bull for your cows. Warrawindi believes this is the best job in the world and finds it very satisfying to produce the best of grass fed beef.
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