Excerpt from Farm Weekly – 8 March 2022

The Coonamble Angus bull sale held on property at Bremer Bay WA on 2/3/22 achieved a $72,000 top priced bull. The sale’s second top-priced bull that sold at $45,000 and the third top-priced that sold at $34,000 both sold to Sheron Farm Angus Stud, Benger, which was the losing bidder on the top priced bull.

Sheron Farm manager, Steve Elliot said it was the first time they had purchased bulls from Coonamble but they had previously used Coonamble semen and had purchased cows from the stud’s reduction sale. “It was a very good line-up of bulls and we had three picked out which we really liked, these two and the top priced bull,” Mr Elliot said. “Both bulls will be new bloodlines for us and they also both had good docility and excellent feet figures which is important to us.”

“Although we missed out on the top-priced bull we are still very happy with the two we secured as they are both very good bulls that will help move our herd forward.”

“Coonamble has probably the best genetics in WA and if these bulls were sold in the Eastern States they would have made $100,000 plus so we couldn’t be happier to secure these bulls as we believe they are really value for money.”

Making the $45,000 price tag was an AI-bred, April 2020 drop Baldridge Beast Mode B074 son, Coonamble Beast Mode R203.  Mr Elliot said R203 well put together bull with a very soft, short skin.  “He also had the 400 and 600 day weight and MCW figures where we want them and plenty of milk,” Mr Elliot said.  R203 ranks in the top 2% for foot angle, top 3-5% for 200, 400 & 600 day weights, top 3% NFI-F, top 4% CWT, top 8% MCW, top 9% claw set, and top 14% milk.

Achieving the $34,000 third top price when sold to Sheron Farm was Coonamble 38 Special R23.  Mr Elliot said R23 also had lovely soft skin and was well put together. “He has a low birthweight, which we’re looking for as  we wanted a bull to use over heifers and first calvers but it also still has good growth numbers across the board,” Mr Elliot said.  The March 2020 born R23 is ET-bred by Baldridge 38 Special and out of Coonamble L283, which is a daughter of VAR Reserve 1111. R23 ranks in the top 4% for claw set, top 5% for Dir, top 6% p8 fat, top 9% birthweight, top 12% GL, top 14-27% for 200, 400 & 600 day weight, and top 15% rib fat.

Both bulls will be used as back up sires in Sheron Farm’s AI program with R203 set to be used over mature cows while R23 will be used over heifers and first calvers.