Scorching Southend Murray Grey tops at $10,500
By Claire King
20 February 2016
Courtesy Farm Weekly News
A TOTAL of 46 lots and 42C – the Southend Murray Grey bull sale was a scorcher on all fronts clearing the catalogue to excellent values at the stud’s on-property bull sale recently.
A double top price of $10,500 was paid for two hefty and meaty grey lads which went to long-term Southend clients.
Behind the Wire, Esperance, paid the sum for lot two and B.A. & L.D. James, Kalgan, secured lot nine for the same top price.
At 914 kilograms, Southend Kohan K785 (a Wheelview Finn PGB F21 son) caught the eye of Gers Gerschwitz, Behind the Wire, Esperance, due to its sheer volume and capacity.
“After 21 years buying at Southend we have always found the bulls to perform exactly as predicted,” he said.
|“We chose this bull because he is an out-cross to our existing Southend genetics and he is extremely soft with outstanding fleshing.”
Aside from the bull’s genetics, Mr Gerschwitz utilised the EBVs and scan data to confirm his visual selection of the bull and Kohan had an EMA of 114cm2 (based on its previous weight of 762kg) with 12mm for P8 fat, 8mm for rib and 5.2 for IMF.
Featured in its EBVs was +24, +36 and +53 for its 200, 400 and 600-day weights as well as +0 for milk and +2.8 for birthweight.
The Gerschwitzs sell their calves through a premium market with the majority going through premium beef label Butterfield Beef, Borden.
Another long-term client put their hand up to the tune of $10,500 and Bryan James, of BA & LD James, Kalgan, made sure he took home his first pick securing Southend Kenny K757 for the equal top price.
Having bought Southend bulls for 16 years, Mr James knew what he was looking for in his new sire which was purchased in partnership with Graham Bell, Collier Park stud, Porongorup.
“We inspected the bulls before the sale and instantly liked him,” Bryan said.
“I missed out on his full brother last year so I made sure I got the bull I wanted this year.”
As the heaviest bull in the catalogue at 956kg, Kenny was a mountain of meat and at scanning (when it was 792kg) recorded 118cm2 for EMA, 8mm for P8 fat, 8mm for rib fat and 3.7 for IMF.
Wallawong top bull to Southend
The West Australian news
July 9, 2015 2015
Katanning stud Southend Murray Greys is set to beef up its breeding program with the recent purchase of an “exceptional” bull from New South Wales stud Wallawong.
Southend principal Kurt Wise, who attended the sale at Marriot Park in Gunnedah on July 2, faced strong competition in bidding for the bull, which sold for the top price of $20,000.
The 850kg bull, “Lot 2 Wallawong Xyris LEJ J16“, was sired by Melaleuca Chaser and out of donor cow Bundaleer Esmeralda A32. The bull’s raw EMA scan was 121sqcm, with fat scans of 10mm and 6mm on rump and rib, respectively.
“Xyris caught my eye with the photo on the catalogue. He showed great strength of spine, exceptional sire’s outlook and softness,” Mr Wise said.
“I was also very impressed with his maternal bloodline, with his grandmother still calving at 15.”
Mr Wise said on seeing the bull in the flesh, he was impressed with its softness, length, large frame and quiet temperament.
“He was a very complete package. He was definitely the bull that was going to complement our herd,” he said. “I am looking forward to using Xyris throughout our herd, giving a quality out-cross option to clients in the future.”
Wallawong principals Lachlan and Kate James said their sale was “an awesome endorsement of our carcase quality focus”.
With a full clearance, 21 Wallawong bulls sold to buyers from across Australia for an average of $6666. A total of 11 registered heifers also sold to a top of $2750 and average of $2068, while six commercial heifers sold for $1700 each.
“Well-muscled Murray Grey bulls producing progeny that meet Meat Standards Australia requirements are highly valued in the commercial beef sector,” Mr James said.
Boyup Brook farmers promote Southend Murray Greys
Quiet Temperament Leads to Quality Meat
By Bobbie Hinkley
17, January, 2015
Courtesy Farm Weekly news
Boyup Brook cattle producers Rob Bass and Kerry Pinch are as passionate about the Murray Grey
breed as they come.
Rob’s love of cattle stems from his father’s involvement in the English and WA dairy industries.
Following years spent on friends’ cattle properties, helping his dad out in Brunswick-based milking sheds and taking on his first job milking cows and raising poddy calves for cash, Rob always knew cattle would be a part of his future.
After years spent on their smaller Waterloo property near Bunbury, Rob and Kerry made the move to Boyup Brook in 1997 where they had purchased about 100 hectares in December 1996.
Since then Murray Greys have played a big role in Rob and Kerry’s now-190ha production system.
The couple was immediately drawn to the Murray Grey breed because of its temperament, growth and finishing rates, easy calving tendencies and excellent mothering abilities.
And it’s for those reasons that both Rob and Kerry are also able maintain off-farm employment to complement their cattle enterprise.
The couple’s predominantly Murray Grey herd is based on Southend Murray Grey genetics.
Despite having bought one Black Simmental bull last year to put over the bottom 25 per cent of their herd in an experimental bid to boost performance, Rob said he will always maintain a base herd of Murray Grey females and never move away from Murray Grey genetics.
Currently running 120 breeders in their self-replacing herd, Rob and Kerry also keep 15-20 of their own Southend blood heifers each year.
“We’ve been using Southend genetics for about 14 years now and we’ve never looked back,” Rob said.
“One of the biggest reasons for returning to buy a bull each year is that the animals are so quiet.
“We’ve never had any trouble with calves and each and every year I know what to expect.”
In recent years Rob and Kerry have bought cows from the Katanning-based stud too.
“The Wise family at Southend are committed to seeing the Murray Grey breed get better and better and their work shows come sale time each and every year,” Rob said.
Murray Grey takes prime title
By Clare King
16 Mar, 2014
Courtesy Farm Weekly news
IT was a purebred Murray Grey steer bred and fed by the Southend Murray Grey stud which took out the grand champion exhibit sash in the Make Smoking History Wagin Woolorama prime yearling beef competition last week.
Bunbury City Motorcycles, together with the Wagin Agricultural Society, put up a pint-sized Polaris 50 four-wheel motorbike as a prize for the winner of the grand champion award and hence the section was hotly contested across the three classes.
Judged as the champion heavyweight exhibit of the show before it went up against the other class winners for the grand champion title, the Murray Grey steer was described by judge and feedlotter Paul O’Meehan, Borden, as being the exhibit with the ideal degree of finish.
“Basically he was the ideal type for a grainfed steer destined for the domestic market,” he said.
“If you had a big line of those you would be extremely happy as a processor.”
The grand champion exhibit would not be a great contestant on the popular TV show The Biggest Loser and at the morning’s pre-show weigh-in recorded a hefty 504kg.
A score of 84 points out of a possible 100 was marked against it making it a clear stand-out for the grand champion accolade.
Standing in reserve to the champion heavyweight exhibit was a Blonde d’Aquitaine-Angus cross steer which was exhibited by Charlie and Leanne Staite, C & L Staite, Kendenup.
This steer was prepared by John Barber who fed the steer on a Semini’s feed mix on behalf of the Staites.
The Blonde d’Aquitaine-Angus cross steer weighed 487kg and scored 80 out of 100 in the points system.
Third in the heavyweight section was a 464kg Murray Grey steer exhibited by Alastair and Jenny Murray, Tullibardine Murray Grey stud, Albany.
Going back to the entry-weight exhibits, the lightweight section saw eight entries in the 340kg-400kg range and this was won by John and Flo Kitchen, Carenda Angus stud, Katanning.
A 398kg Angus steer, the animal scored 77 out of 100 points to win the lightweight ribbon and Mr O’Meehan said that he was a very nice well-muscled steer with good finish.
$9000 Top For Southend Bull
By Caitlyn West
February 25, 2014
Courtesy Farm Weekly news
SOUTHEND prices headed northwards at the stud’s on-property bull sale last week, recording one of its highest top prices at $9000.
Stud principal Kurt Wise was thrilled with the result, particularly the top end of the bull catalogue and said it was encouraging to see many clients returning for their Murray Grey bull requirements.
He reduced this year’s offering from 38 to 32 bulls, selling 21 of them to gross $95,500, with the first 17 being sold consecutively as a result of fast-flying bids from the 26 registered buyers.
It wasn’t just the $9000 top price making a large leap on other years – the entire Murray Grey bull offering averaged $4548, an increase of $576 on last year’s average.
A great season in the Katanning area, complete with ample spring rains that delivered plentiful feed, meant the quiet, soft, well-grown bulls were in excellent condition on sale day.
Absolute Beef Machine
The first six on offer were led bulls that stood by contentedly while they attracted a lot of attention before the auction got underway, with the stand-out third bull into the ring earning a tick in everyone’s catalogue.
Under the hammer of Elders auctioneer Gary Preston, the exceptional bull was knocked down for the $9000 price tag after two buyers fought it out, each of them reluctant to be the one to miss out.
Eventually Andrew Marsh, AC & SJ Marsh, Kojonup, was no longer challenged and became the new owner of the 888kg Southend Hammer.
Describing the bull as an absolute beef machine, Mr Marsh was willing to go the extra mile for the extra length Hammer would inject into his 85-head Murray Grey breeding herd.
“He just has an excellent thickness right through from his shoulder to his rump,” Mr Marsh said.
“Not only does he have that deep body, he is also very structurally correct.
“I’ve used the same bloodline before and had a lot of success, so I was very keen to buy him.”
The particular bloodline he was referring to was Hammer’s sire, Southend Braveheart, which became an ideal combination with dam Southend A Cleopatra, which is renowned for producing a great calf every year.
Noteworthy breeding figures for the April 2012 calf included a 41cm scrotal measurement, +4.4 BWT, +3 milk and 122 in the eye muscle.
Hammer also recorded +29, +35 and +55 for its 200, 400 and 600-day weights.
Mr Marsh will use his only bull purchase over his heifers and also some hand-picked older cows, with the aim to slowly build his cattle numbers to 110 breeders with quality genetics.
The second top-priced bull was one of the youngest in the catalogue with the stylish July 2012 drop calf, Southend Hercules, purchased by Mark Hay, Hayday Pastoral Co, East Perth, for $8500.
Showing excellent growth for age, Hercules was also sired by Braveheart and was the full brother to last year’s top-priced bull.
The 808kg bull measured +5 for milk, an EMA of 118 and +23, +32 and +48 for its 200, 400 and 600-day weights.
Hercules was the only bull Mr Hay purchased at the sale, but he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to buy a female package deal, purchasing a silver Murray Grey cow with a silver heifer calf at foot for $2000.
The cow was tested pregnant to the same bull that sired Hercules, Southend Braveheart.
More High Prices
Also paying high values was Durnbond, Walpole, which purchased two bulls named Southend Hot Shot and Southend Hunter, for $7000 and $6000 respectively.
The volume buyer of the sale was MH Collins & Co, Nyabing, who bought three bulls to a top of $5250 for the second bull in the ring.
They followed with two more, paying $3000 for the lengthy Southend Harley before finishing with Southend Hell Boy for $4000.
Getting the sale off to a flying start was CA Farmer & Co, Boddington, who made sure he was holding his bidding card up the right way to purchase the first bull for $5250.
Boyup Brook producers RP Bass and KR Pinch were chasing one of everything, starting with a powerful sire for $5500 before moving their sights onto a beautiful cow and calf unit.
Southend C-Reflection was a middle-aged cow in its prime, which had a proven breeding ability and excellent milk traits that became evident when buyers saw the well-grown silver heifer calf at foot.
The Boyup Brook farmers paid the $2400 top female price to secure the promising unit.
When it came time for the three lines of 10 heifers to enter the pen, it was John Imberti, Pallinup Contracting, Gnowangerup, who wanted to boost his female population with young genetics, snapping up all 30 of the unmated Murray Grey heifers.
Born between February and June, the heifers were eight to 12-months and Mr Imberti paid a top of $1100 for the first 10, $760 for the second line and $700 for the third to finish a successful sale.
Elders auctioneer Gary Preston said the quality of Murray Grey bulls and females continued to improve each year, with the top end of the catalogue selling well.
“There was a very good presentation of bulls and the first half sold tremendously,” Mr Preston said.
“Buyers became more selective towards the end of the offering but overall it was a great result.”
Big wraps for Murray Greys
By Tamara Hooper
22 Jan, 2014
Courtesy Farm Weekly news
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$7750 for Murray Grey bull
THE fact that two of the Southend Murray Grey bulls both sold last week for more than $7000 was very pleasing for stud founder Max Wise and his grandson and studmaster Kurt and other members of the Wise family.
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