Balamara Rare Gemstone glitters to $20,000 Limousin National sale top

Andrew Norris
By Andrew Norris
Updated April 29 2022 - 5:14am, first published 5:00am
The $20,000 sale topper, Balamara Rare Gem Stone, with fitter, Stuart Hobbs, Hobbs Livestock, breeder Michael Mamo, Benger, WA, and auctioneer Peter Godbolt, Nutrien studstock.

The Mamo family might have only brought one animal from Western Australia for their debut Limousin National Show and Sale, but they brought a good one.

Their entry, Balamara Rare Gem Stone, sold to the sale top of $20,000 at today's (Friday) bull, female and genetics sale.

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All up, the sale averaged $4381, but in the breakdown, 12 senior bulls from 13 offered, including the sale topper, averaged $9750, four junior bulls topped at $12,000 to average $10,000 from five offered, thw two senior females offered, both with calves, made $8000 each, and 12 junior females from 17 offered topped at $10,000 and averaged $6167.

A pick of the 2021 spring calf crop from Summit Livestock, Uranquinty, made $12,000, and the embryos topped at $1600 and averaged $1000 for the eight embryo lots sold from nine offered.

The top-priced bull, Rare Gem Stone, was by US sire Wulfs Zane and from Warrigal Gem Stone. At 27 months he was the reserve senior champion bull the day prior and weighed 910 kilograms with a 141 square centimetre eye muscle area, 18 and 9 millimetres of rump and rib fat and a 35 centimetre scrotal circumference.

Michael Mamo, who represented his family at the sale, said they had been breeding Limousins for 16 years, but this was their first time at the National Show and Sale, this year held at Holbrook.

He said Rare Gem Stone's sire had been used heavily in the Balamara herd and so their lone entry in the nationals was representative of their program.

"We picked this bull (Rare Gem Stone) because we wanted to exhibit something out of the core of our program and show what we have to offer," Mr Mamo said.

He was also a maternal half brother to their main walking herd sire at home and was prepared and exhibited in NSW by Stuart Hobbs, Hobbs Livestock, Molong, with whom he also won interbreed champion at Dunedoo Show, was a class winner at Sydney Royal Show, and reserve senior champion at Holbrook.

"There's limited opportunities to make these comparisons with what we're doing over there with here (i.e. eastern states) and to make sure that what we're doing over threre is commercially relevant as well," Mr Mamo said.

The direction of what's going on here, we were pretty excited to see the quality here and what's being produced in NSW."

Rare Gem Stone's buyer was Aruma Limousins, Korunye, SA.

Second top in the bulls was $16,000 for Warrigal Remington, a 20-month-old that weighed 768kg, with a 127sq cm EMA, 15mm and 8mm rump and rib fat and 37cm scrotal circumference.

He was offered by Paul and Janelle Relf, Warrigal Limousins, Wingham, and sold to Robert Gill, Alexander Downs, Merriwa, through Nutrien Mudgee.

Mr Gill bought a second bull, Hardywck Rising Star, at $14,000, which was also offered by the Relfs of Warrigal.

The 21-month-old weighed 808kg, with a 134sq cm EMA, 6mm and 4mm rump and rib fat and a 36cm scrotal circumference.

Another bull at $14,000 was Summit Commission, offered by Summit Livestock, and sold to Aaron Malseed, Hamilton, Vic, via an online bid.

At 20 months, the son of Hunt Credentials 37C from Summit Missive J24 weighed 854kg, with a 128sq cm EMA, 10mm and 6mm rump and rib fat and 39cm scrotal circumference.

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She was by Summit Custom-Made P11 and from Summit Light-Ice P112 and sold to M. and M. Parsons, Roslyn.

The two cows at $8000 each included the apricot Tanybryn Park Pheobe, also the previous day's senior champion female, and Goldstein Park Real Harmony, the previous day's reserve senior female.

Pheobe, by TMF Redwood 322A and from Tanybryn Park Miss Muffet, was offered by Colin and Helen Masters, Tanybryn Limousins, Tanybryn, Vic, and sold to Barry Nott, Cullenbone near Mudgee, while Real Harmony, by Summit Blueprint M20 and from Goldstein Park Lolla, was offered by Craig and Tamara Corby, Goldstein Park Limousins, Cobargo, and sold to Eclipse Cattle Services, Balaklava,SA, through Pro-Stock Livestock, Mount Compass, SA.

There was also an $8000 lot in the junior females, for Summit Exotic R82, also offered by Summit Livestock.

The Wulfs Zane X238Z daughter from Summit Exotic L23 sold to All Saints College, Bathurst, via an online bid.

The sale was conducted by Nutrien Holbrook, with Peter Godbolt, Nutrien studstock, as auctioneer, and interfaced online via AuctionsPlus.

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